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Auburn Tigers Fire Head Coach Jeff Lebo

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 14:  Head coach Jeff Lebo of the Auburn Tigers calls a play against the Tennessee Volunteers during the Semifinal round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 14, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  The Volunteers defeated the Tigers 94-85.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 12, 2010

After taking over the Tigers basketball team six seasons ago, head coach Jeff Lebo has been fired by Auburn's athletic department.

He had three years remaining on his contract, and a buyout is estimated at $1.5 million.

Lebo had just two winning seasons in the six years he coached at Auburn, and only once has he had a winning record within in the SEC.

Just last year Lebo coached the Tigers to his season best 24-12 record, matching the second-most wins in school history and a 10-6 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

Unfortunately his teams have not fared well when playing conference foes. Overall he was 35-61 within the SEC.

Lebo's best success was during his two first coaching positions.

He was 74-42 in four seasons at Tennessee Tech and 40-20 in two seasons at Chattanooga.

He came in for the 2004-2005 season, replacing former head coach Cliff Ellis, but his chances at success diminished when several of Ellis' top players left.

Lebo's last game with the Tigers was a 78-69 loss to Florida in the SEC Tournament on Thursday night.

The Tigers were a disappointing 15-17 this season, even after returning several key players from a team that went 24-12 in 2008.

Lebo leaves Auburn just as their team moves to a new home.

The university is putting the finishing touches on the brand-new $90-million Auburn Arena which will be put into use next year.

Jeff Lebo's Record at Auburn
Year            Overall      SEC   
2004-05       14-17      4-12
2005-06       12-16      4-12
2006-07       17-15      7-9
2007-08       14-16      4-12
2008-09       24-12      10-6
2009-10       15-17      6-10
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Total            96-93      35-61

 

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