Utah State fires basketball coach Tim Duryea after three seasons

Change is coming to the Spectrum.

Utah State has fired basketball coach Tim Duryea after three seasons at the helm.

Utah State University athletic director John Hartwell announced the move on the NCAA’s “Selection Sunday,” as the Aggies again missed out on the NCAA Tournament.

“We appreciate everything that Tim and his staff have contributed to Utah State the past three seasons, both on and off the court,” Hartwell said in a prepared statement. “However, we feel it is in the best interest of the program to make a change.”

Duryea replaced legendary USU coach Stew Morrill and was the program’s 18th head coach. He took over prior to the 2015-16 season and guided the Aggies to an overall record of 47-49. Duryea’s teams went 22-32 in the Mountain West.

Utah State went 17-17 this season and finished tied for seventh place in the Mountain West. USU then advanced to the semifinals of the MW Tournament for the first time in its five years in the conference, but it was not enough to save Duryea’s job.

Prior to being named the head coach at Utah State, Duryea spent 14 seasons on the Aggie bench as an assistant under Morrill.