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Ernie Zeigler Fired as CMU's Head Coach

Central Michigan ChippewasCollege SportsMid-American Conference

Central Michigan Chippewas head basketball Coach Ernie Zeigler will not be returning to the sidelines for a seventh season.

CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke announced today that Zeiglerwill not be retained after six seasons.

"After a thorough review of the program, a change in leadership is needed in order to improve the overall performance of the program," said Heeke. "I appreciate Coach Zeigler's commitment to Central Michigan University and his hard work on and off the court. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Zeigler had a career record of 75-111 (.403) in his time with the Chippewas. He will be paid $368,437 according to the buyout clause in his contract.

"Our goal on the court is to compete for MAC championships, and we will begin a national search immediately to find the best coach for Central Michigan University," said Heeke.

Trey Zeigler, Ernie's son, is still listed as a member of CMU's basketball team. Trey was recruited by premiere division one programs out of high school, but chose to play for his dad at CMU.

Trey tweeted this morning, "It's been real," after his father's firing was announced. The tweet was later deleted.


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