Lamar removes interim tag, Tic Price named head coach

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After serving as the interim head coach for the final five games of the season, Lamar Director of Athletics  Jason Henderson removed the interim tag from head coach Tic Price on Tuesday afternoon.

Price took over the program after Pat Knight, son of the Hall of Fame coach, was fired after two-plus seasons.

“This is a great job,” Price said in a statement. “From a recruiting standpoint, we are in a great location —  within a 250 mile radius you can find talented players. From an academic standpoint, Lamar can challenge any school in the country. We have some really good professors and an excellent administration. There is a sense of family here, and unless you are a part of Lamar you just won’t understand it.

“My family and I have grown to love the Beaumont area. We have met some wonderful people, are part of a wonderful church and this is a great place to live. I truly love this university. It has given me the opportunity to grow professionally as a coach and an administrator.”

This will be his fourth head coaching job after roaming the sidelines at the University of New Orleans (1994-1997), Memphis (1997-1999) and McNeese State (2001-2006). Price has compiled a combined 168-131 record in those three stints.

The Cardinals are 7-54 (4-32 Southland) in the last two seasons. Price was 1-4 as an interim coach.

Roadrunners dart past WAC on way to C-USA

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Remember how Wile E. Coyote could never catch that pesky Roadrunner? He’d try and try, but not even a Soopa Genius like Wile E. could slow down the speedy desert dweller.

Well, Mr. Coyote has company. The Roadrunners of the University of Texas-San Antonio escaped the tiny Southland Conference a year ago, signing on to play BCS football as a member of the WAC. As other schools left – gutting the Roadrunners’ new league in the process – UTSA kept running, evading the WAC net and dashing toward Conference USA, according to today’s reports. USA Today lays out the pertinent details:

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has scheduled a vote on the move for Wednesday. The meeting agenda states that C-USA officials approached UTSA in March and that the school will incur no exit fee for leaving the WAC.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has recommended that the board approve the move.

Conference USA is planning to merge with the Mountain West, creating a league with as many as 24 teams across five time zones.

UTSA was scheduled to officially join the WAC this year. But three WAC schools have declared their intentions to leave since UTSA accepted its invitation, which would leave the WAC with just four football schools.

The Roadrunners have former Miami gridiron coach Larry Coker (pictured, with UTSA football team) on board for the move, so it’s no surprise that they’ll chase whichever league looks the strongest. From a basketball perspective, the Roadrunners may be woefully out of their depth.

The Roadrunners have a $1.3 million basketball budget, which has them in the lower third of all programs nationwide. They have won the Southland auto-bid thrice, most recently in 2011. That 20-13 season also yielded the team’s first-ever NCAA win, as they took out Alabama State in the preliminary round before getting annihilated by Ohio State.

Realignment on football terms has made for some strange bedfellows in hoops. Might as well wet down your kerchief and cover your face cowboy-style, because this dust ain’t gonna settle for some time yet, pardner.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.