Macon Fired As Binghamton University Coach

By WBNG News

April 30, 2012 Updated Apr 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The decision to fire a coach after a 2 win season doesn't seem that shocking.
But the timing of the decision at Binghamton University Monday is shocking.

New Bearcats athletic director Patrick Elliott announced today he has fired men's basketball coach Mark Macon.

Macon lead the team for 3 seasons, those being 3 of the more difficult years in the school's history following a scandal that tore apart the program.

And after having to pay that team's coach, Kevin Broadus, a million dollars in a settlement, they now leave 2 years and 300-thousand dollars on Macon's contract.

While most schools make a decision on their head coach right after the season ends, to get a jump on looking for a new head coach, Binghamton waited nearly 60 days.

The timing seems to be a little odd considering the Bearcats just finished a season with 2 wins, and 3 of the freshman have asked to be let out of their scholarships.

And Elliott gave Macon a vote of confidence in January.

"It's not just about the record. I looked at a lot of different things and again, a .500 record...we didn't have a .500 record so it was a lot of elements of a program based upon strategy and personnel and as I said a lot of criteria I look at," says athletic director Patrick Elliott.

Elliott says he's looking for a coach that will help the Bearcats compete for championships in the America East, while having good student-athletes and citizens.

A national search is expected to start soon, and Elliott hopes to have a new coach in the next 3 to 4 weeks.