CSUN “should have an update (at) some point today” on an ESPN report that the school “has decided to part ways” with men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus, a spokesman told City News Service.
The Matadors were 6-24 in the season that ended last Wednesday with a 102-76 loss to Cal State Fullerton, their fifth consecutive loss. Two of CSUN’s victories were over NAIA teams.
The Matadors were 3-13 in Big West Conference play, finishing last in the nine-team conference and were the only team not to qualify for its conference tournament.
Theus has a 44-105 record in five seasons as CSUN’s coach. Nine victories in the 2014-15 season were vacated because of NCAA penalties related to academic misconduct and impermissible academic benefits for 10 players by a director of basketball operations.
When Theus was hired to coach the Matadors in 2013 athletic director Brandon E. Martin called it “a game-changing hire.”
Theus Never Had A Winning Record At CSUN
Theus never had a winning record at CSUN, with its best record, 17-18, coming in his first season.
Theus coached the NBA’s Sacramento Kings from 2007-2008, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Development League affiliate, in the 2012-13 season and was an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2009-2011.
Theus coached New Mexico State to a 41-23 record from 2005-2007, guiding the Aggies to an NCAA tournament berth in 2007. He was an assistant coach at Louisville from 2003-2005.
As a player, Theus helped UNLV to the 1977 Final Four. He played 13 seasons in the NBA for five teams from 1978-91 and was a two-time all-star.
In addition to being a basketball coach on the professional and college levels, Theus also portrayed a basketball coach on television, playing coach Bill Fuller of the fictional Deering (Indiana) High School on the NBC Saturday morning series “Hang Time” from 1995-98.