I really feel for Bill Herrion. Once ECU moved from the Colonial to C-USA for men’s hoops, the Pirates were really in a no-win situation. At best, they could have expected an ocassional middle-of-the-pack finish. Even with the impending realignment, I don’t think ECU will fare that well in hoops with the likes of Memphis, UAB, Houston, Tulsa, and Rice.
Terry Holland has shown that he isn’t willing to wait around and that’s his perogative at AD. Perhaps Herrion can latch on with his brother at C of C.
[b]GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina men's basketball coach Bill Herrion won't return next season, ending a six-year tenure with the Pirates that never produced a winning season.
A school spokesman confirmed the firing Tuesday.
The Pirates are 69-96 under Herrion – including 8-17 this season – and host Southern Mississippi on Wednesday night.
Before coming to East Carolina, Herrion spent eight seasons at Drexel, winning at least 20 games six times and making the NCAA tournament three times. He wasn’t able to duplicate that success with the Pirates, and their 14-14 record in 2000-01 was the best during his tenure.[/b]
[b]Herrion joined East Carolina before the 1999-2000 season after spending eight years at Drexel, where he tallied a 121-32 overall record and led the Dragons to the NCAA tournament three times. In the 1996 season, the Dragons tallied a 27-4 record and recorded the school's first-ever NCAA tournament victory, a win over Memphis in the first round of the West Regional.[/b]