Illinois-Chicago announced on Monday that head coach Howard Moore will not be returning to the Flames next season.
“I want to thank Howard Moore for his five years of commitment to UIC Athletics,” said AD Jim Schmidt. “We have high expectations and aspire to be at the top of the Horizon League and we have not met our competitive goals. We have dedicated and talented student-athletes in the basketball program who are committed and make us optimistic for the future. I wish Howard the very best of luck going forward.”
Moore was 49-111 overall and 17-67 in the Horizon League in his five years in Chicago. The Flames were 10-24 this past season.
“I would like to thank the UIC [administration] for giving us the opportunity to coach in the greatest city in the world,” Moore posted on twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Moore is a former Wisconsin assistant coach, notorious for being the recruiter that brought Frank Kaminsky to Madison.
After winning just six games in 2013-14, Howard Moore’s UIC Flames are hoping to turn things around this season. Unfortunately for UIC, two players won’t be with them to start the campaign as they’ve been suspended three games apiece.
Fifth-year senior guard Jay Harris and redshirt freshman guard/forward Lance Whitaker have been suspended for a violation of team rules, with the program announcing the news Thursday afternoon. Harris, a native of nearby Aurora, Illinois, averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game at Wagner last season.
Harris played in 21 games, starting 17, before being suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of school policy.
As for Whitaker, he’s returning to the court after playing in just three games in 2013-14 due to a torn ACL in his right knee. As a result of the injury Whitaker was granted a medical redshirt. UIC returns two starters from last season’s team, and both Harris and Whitaker are expected to contribute this season.
“Being a member of the UIC men’s basketball program is a privilege and with that comes a certain level of expectations and responsibility,” Moore said in the release announcing the suspensions.