Southeast Missouri fires men's basketball coach

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. | Southeast Missouri State announced Wednesday that it had fired men's basketball coach Scott Edgar, who has been on administrative leave since the fall because of possible NCAA violations.

The university said the firing was effective Tuesday.

Southeast Missouri received a notice of allegations from the NCAA concerning possible major violations involving the men's basketball program in October. The university said the NCAA will take up the case at an April 17-18 meeting.

Edgar said Wednesday that Southeast Missouri bought out the last two years of his five-year contract, but he declined to say how much he was paid.

He said he thought the school's administration should have waited until the NCAA process was finished before making a decision about his contract. He also said he still hopes to work elsewhere as a coach.

"Since the start of the current NCAA investigation of the university, I have always said that the charges that I knowingly broke NCAA rules are false," he said in a written statement.

Zac Roman has been serving as acting coach since Edgar went on leave.

In a written statement, interim athletic director Cindy Gannon said the school that it was "important for the university and for coach Edgar to have the opportunity to move forward."

She said that because it was a personnel mater, the university would have no further comment.

Edgar was 23-39 in his first two seasons at Southeast Missouri, including 12-19 last year.