Trent Johnson Fired by TCU: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMarch 14, 2016

TCU head coach Trent Johnson asks for a call from a game official during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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The TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team fired head coach Trent Johnson on Sunday after four seasons, according to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein.

TCU finished 12-21 in the 2015-16 season, the program's third losing season in four years. Johnson went 50-79 with the Horned Frogs.

Johnson confirmed the news, per's Jeff Goodman.

“I’m proud of the kids and how they stayed the course," he said.

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish reported Johnson had a meeting with TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte on Sunday to discuss his future.

On Friday, Del Conte told Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News that Johnson's record reflected his status:

The school hired Johnson in April 2012 to replace Jim Christian, who took the Ohio Bobcats head coaching job. Johnson coached the LSU Tigers for four years before heading to Fort Worth, Texas. His first year at LSU resulted in an SEC regular-season championship and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2008-09.

He joined TCU in hopes of turning around a program that had not been to the NCAA tournament since 1998, but he had only one winning season with the Horned Frogs, going 18-15 in 2014-15.

TCU's next head coach will be its fifth since 2000. The Horned Frogs have reached the 20-win mark only twice in that span, so the next head coach will have a major challenge on his or her hands.


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