Anchors or away for Herrmann?


A determination as to whether Pete Herrmann is in or out as Navy's basketball coach is expected to be made today.

Navy athletic director Jack Lengyel conferred with Herrmann yesterday and planned to meet with him again today.

"It's our normal end-of-the-season review that we have with our coaches in all sports," Lengyel said. "We listen to their needs and concerns and they listen to ours."

Lengyel refused to be drawn into a discussion about whether Herrmann will be retained and said there was "no need for speculation" on the question. He indicated he would comment on the matter late today.

Herrmann's five-year record is 57-88, including a 26-6 showing in his first year, 1987, which happened to be David Robinson's last. The Middies haven't come close to a winning season since, finishing this year with an 8-21 mark.

The highlight of the season -- and perhaps of the four post-Robinson seasons -- was the eighth-seeded Middies' upset in overtime of top-seeded James Madison in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament Saturday in Richmond. Navy lost to George Mason in the semifinals Sunday, also in overtime.

Herrmann declined to comment on his meetings with Lengyel. He said he planned to go on a recruiting trip today "and we'll go from there."

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