North Texas fires Benford with no winning seasons in 5 years

DENTON, Texas (AP) — North Texas has fired basketball coach Tony Benford after he failed to have a winning season in his five years.

The school announced the move Sunday night, a day after the Mean Green lost 106-104 at Marshall to finish 8-22. They were 2-16 in Conference USA play and failed to qualify for the league tournament.

Athletic director Wren Baker said he spent this season evaluating the program and determined that a change in leadership was necessary.

Benford was 62-95 at North Texas, his first head coaching job after 20 years as an assistant at New Mexico, Arizona State, Nebraska and Marquette.

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North Texas hired Benford after Johnny Jones left for LSU in 2012. Benford’s best season was in 2013-14, when the Mean Green were 16-16.