It isn’t often that a highly-accomplished college basketball coach is fired mid-season, and in the case of Delaware State head coach Greg Jackson, the story doesn’t end there.
Delaware St. has fired men’s basketball head coach Greg Jackson. He spent 14 years at DSU. Keith Walker will take over as interim coach.
— Scott Abraham (@S_Abraham_16) January 30, 2014
The Delaware State Hornets are an ugly 4-15 overall and 0-6 in the MEAC this season, but Greg Jackson has amassed 200 wins in his 14-year tenure, and all indications are that he is a quality coach. In addition to his list of accomplishments, though, this firing is odd for another reason.
Jackson was one win short of tying the school-record of 201 career victories.
In the hours since Jackson was let go, the rumor mill has cranked up to high levels with whether he had some sort of bonus that would kick in on his 201st victory, but regardless of those rumblings, this one smells a bit. I’m sure that new interim coach Keith Walker will do a respectable, quality job in the head coaching seat, but to dismiss a long-tenured coach in late January is something that you never want to see.
Something tells me that more details will emerge from this story, but until then, we are left wondering.