Fired Cincinnati State basketball coach speaks to FOX19

Published: Mar. 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FOX19 has learned that Cincinnati State Head Women's Basketball Coach Ron Harris has been fired.

"He has had several outbursts at officials and others during his tenure at Cincinnati State. One of which resulted in a suspension by the National Junior College Athletic Association. He has also cursed at officials and players on numerous occasions. This type of behavior will not be tolerated at this institution," said O'Dell Owens, President of Cincinnati State College.

An incident in the team's final game of the season, March 21, in the NJCAA's Elite Eight was what ultimately led to his dismissal. Harris was called for a technical foul with 10:50 left to go in their game against Lake Michigan College when he got mad at an official's call and threw a towel on the floor. He said the spouse of another coach picked the towel up and then threw it at him.

"That set me off," said Harris. "I then went to the locker room to cool off." He later came back and coached the team, which lost by five points and ended its season.

Harris, who led the team to a school 32-3 record this season and its first ever Elite Eight berth, said the Athletic Director called him in for a meeting the next day and fired him.

"I'm sad for the players. We had a good season, the best in school history, and now they're left wondering who their coach will be next year," said Harris. "I gave them six years of my life and to go out like this is not right."

Two players interviewed by FOX19 agreed with him, saying they are sad to see him go.

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