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Report: Austin Peay basketball coach Matt Figger leaving for UT Rio Grande Valley

The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville) logo The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville) 3/28/2021 Will Backus, Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle
a close up of a boy: Austin Peay's head coach Matt Figger motions to his players to calm down on the sideline in an OVC conference basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors and Jacksonville State Gamecocks at APSU's Winfield Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. © Henry Taylor Austin Peay's head coach Matt Figger motions to his players to calm down on the sideline in an OVC conference basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors and Jacksonville State Gamecocks at APSU's Winfield Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

Austin Peay men's basketball coach Matt Figger has reigned to take over the UT Rio Grande Valley program, according to a report Sunday. 

According to Yahoo Sports, Figger resigned from  his position with the Governors.

Figger will be replacing former UTRGV coach Lew Hill, who died on Feb. 7 due to complications from COVID-19 and lingering medical issues. He was set to step down after five seasons with the program. 

In his four seasons with Austin Peay, Figger amassed a 76-51 record, including 49-25 in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

The Govs finished this season 14-13 and 10-10 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Sixth-seeded Austin Peay lost in the first round of the OVC Tournament to third-seeded Eastern Kentucky.

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Figger had one year remaining on the five-year contract he signed when he was hired in April 2017. He made $280,000 this season and was scheduled for a $15,000 retention bonus April 1. The fifth year of his contract was set to begin May 1.

It was a disappointing season for Figger and the Govs, after buzz surrounded the program. The 2019-20 conference player of the year Terry Taylor, and freshman of the year Jordyn Adams, returned after declaring for the NBA Draft. The Govs also were named co-favorites, with Murray State, to win the conference regular season title.

But the COVID-19 pandemic created problems in non-conference scheduling, a hip injury to Adams kept him out of action until January and team was sidelined for more than a week with its own COVID-19 pause.

The inconsistencies proved too much to overcome as the Govs lost nine games by six or less points, including consecutive one-point losses to Morehead State and UT Martin and a three-point loss to EKU in the OVC Tournament.

Figger took the Govs to only one postseason tournament outside the OVC Tournament. The Govs advanced to the quarterfinal of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2018.

Under Figger, the Govs never finished below fifth in the OVC regular season but never made it past the semifinal of the conference tournament.

Taylor's departure  leaves the Govs without their two-time OVC Player of the Year and Adams entered the transfer portal earlier this month.

Figger had been at Austin Peay since 2017, his first collegiate head coaching job. Prior to that, he was an assistant at seven schools, earning his first position at Wabash Valley in 1993. 

He also was an  assistant coaching at Arkansas (2007) Kansas State (2007-12) and South Carolina (2013-17). 

Austin Peay introduced Brittany Young over a week ago as the new women's basketball coach after the school declined to renew David Midlick's contract.

The Leaf-Chronicle's George Robinson contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle: Report: Austin Peay basketball coach Matt Figger leaving for UT Rio Grande Valley

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