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Vanderbilt fires basketball coach Bryce Drew after three seasons

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 3/22/2019 Adam Sparks

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Vanderbilt basketball coach Bryce Drew will not return next season, the university announced Friday. 

Drew reportedly had three years remaining on his six-year contract, but the Commodores just finished their worst season in program history.

Vanderbilt went 9-23 overall with an active 20-game losing streak, the longest in program history. Its 0-19 conference record made the Commodores the SEC’s first winless team in league play in 65 years, and they posted the first losing home record in Memorial Gym’s 67 seasons.

“Vanderbilt is committed to competing at the highest levels on and off the court," Vanderbilt athletics director Malcolm Turner said in a statement. "After careful consideration, we've decided to make a change to the leadership of our men’s basketball program. Bryce has represented Vanderbilt in exceptional fashion in his time here. I appreciate all of the contributions Bryce has made over the past three seasons to Vanderbilt, and we wish him all the best.”

Drew did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The firing is a major move for Turner, who became athletics director at Feb. 1. Vanderbilt will begin an immediate search for Drew's replacement. 

In three seasons at Vanderbilt, Drew had a 40-59 record, but his past two campaigns were the worst in program history in terms of total losses. Before that, his 2016-17 debut season ended with an NCAA tournament bid.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Vanderbilt fires basketball coach Bryce Drew after three seasons

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