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Jacksonville fires head coach Cliff Warren after nine seasons

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After three consecutive losing seasons Jacksonville has decided to move in another direction, announcing that it has fired head coach Cliff Warren Friday afternoon. In nine season at the Atlantic Sun program Warren posted a record of 126 wins and 150 losses, going 1-26 in his debut season (2005-06).

In the five seasons that followed Warren averaged 18 wins per year, including 20-win seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11. But that success couldn’t be sustained, with the Dolphins averaging 19 losses per season in Warren’s final three years as head coach.

Jacksonville finished the 2013-14 season with a 12-18 record, losing to Mercer in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals.

“We thank coach Cliff Warren for his outstanding service to Jacksonville University and his many efforts on behalf of the men’s basketball program over the past nine years,” Jacksonville athletic director Brad Edwards said in the release according to the Florida Times-Union.

Of Jacksonville’s top five scores this past season just one, sophomore guard Jarvis Haywood (16.6 ppg), has eligibility remaining.

VIDEO: UNLV’s Derrick Jones with more ridiculous dunks

Kelly Kline
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UNLV freshman Derrick Jones is probably the best dunker in college basketball and he took flight a few times on Tuesday afternoon at the Maui Invitational.

The Runnin’ Rebels trailed host school Chaminade at the half before rallying for a win and Jones had a couple of highlight-reel plays in the win.

VIDEO: UMass Lowell game delayed by shattered backboard

Pat Duquette
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UMass Lowell’s game with Wheelock College was delayed for a little over an hour on Tuesday afternoon after a dunk attempt from Dontavius Smith broke the backboard.

The game resumed and UMass Lowell won 104-76. Here’s the video of Smith shattering the glass after he took flight. Smith finished the game with 14 points.