North Texas fired head coach Tony Benford

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North Texas announced on Sunday night that head coach Tony Benford has been fired.

“After spending this season evaluating our men’s basketball program, we have determined that a change in leadership is necessary,” athletics director Wren Baker said in a release sent out by the program. “Tony and his staff have worked tirelessly for five seasons to help our student-athletes grow academically, socially and competitively. I am appreciative of those efforts. However, I believe we can compete for championships and, unfortunately, we have fallen short of those expectations. This is a highly attractive job that is located in one of the most talent-rich areas of the country and, in my opinion, the best region of the country to live in. I couldn’t be more excited about the future of the program.”

Benford was 62-95 in five seasons with the Mean Green, going 30-60 in league play and failing to finish above .500 in any year with the program. This past season, UNT went 8-22 and failed to qualify for the Conference USA tournament.