Tulane's Ed Conroy Heard He Got Fired in Middle of Upset, Players Overheard

Thomas DuffyFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2016


This is a cold world, people.

Tulane head coach Ed Conroy found that out Friday during his team's upset victory over Houston in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.

According to Conroy, "three guys behind the bench" told him he was fired, and his players overheard.

After heading into halftime trailing 36-28, the No. 10-seeded Green Wave rallied to defeat second-seeded Houston 72-69.

Following the upset, Conroy addressed the situation with the press (h/t NBC Sports):

I know I had two guys behind the bench put their phone up and tell me "Hey, Coach you're gone." So that was fun when you're trying to come back from an eight-point deficit. But you know what? I talked to our guys about it before the game and what we have been saying all along, we are the madness.

Credit to Conroy for handling this with poise and rallying his team to a victory.

And now...

Up next is a 5 p.m. ET game with No. 6 seed Memphis, which upset No. 3 seed Tulsa. If 12-21 Tulane wins that one, the Green Wave would face the winner of No. 5 seed UConn and No. 1 seed Temple in the finals for a chance at an automatic NCAA tournament bid.