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Tony Harvey steps down as TSU men's basketball coach

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Texas Southern men's basketball coach Tony Harvey has stepped down for personal reasons, the school confirmed in a news release Tuesday night.

"It's hurtful and it's disappointing, but the visions have to be shared and we're just not on the same page with some things," Harvey said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"So it's probably best for both parties to separate at this particular time."

Harvey was the Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 when he led the Tigers to a 19-13 record and TSU's first SWAC regular season title in 13 years.

In 2011 the Tigers earned the school's first bid to the NIT and their first postseason bid since 2003.

Harvey took over at TSU in April of 2008.

His first season the Tigers were 7-25.

That quickly changed when TSU had the 12th best turnaround in the country after compiling a 17-16 record during the 2009-10 season.

The Tigers made it to the championship game of the 2010 SWAC Postseason Tournament, before losing.

In four years at TSU Harvey has a record of 58-72.

This past season the Tigers finished third in the SWAC with a 12-6 record, 15-18 overall.

TSU's season ended when the Tigers lost to Mississippi Valley State 71-69 in the SWAC Postseason Tournament championship game.

"My blueprint is on the program," Harvey said. "When I inherited the job it was a train wreck and there was nothing in place. Whoever the next coach will be, it will be 150 per cent better.

"We've done an incredible job, both on and off the court, as it pertains to athletics and academics with very limited resources."

Harvey said he was not ready to discuss his personal reasons for leaving TSU.

"I think the reasons in due time, I think they'll come out and then they'll get addressed," Harvey said.

"I think I ran a first-class program, Mediocrity wasn't something I wanted to settle for."



TSU's Official Statement Below:

HOUSTON-Texas Southern University has announced that head men's basketball coach Tony Harvey has resigned from his position effective July 2, 2012.

Coach Harvey determined that it was in his personal and professional interest to resign to pursue other goals.

Harvey became the head men's basketball coach at TSU in 2008. While at the helm he helped orchestrate several significant achievements within the program on the court and in the classroom.

Under Harvey's guidance, the team won the regular season SWAC Championship in 2011, played in the SWAC Tournament Championship game twice, while also qualifying to participate in the 2011 National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Harvey was named SWAC Coach of the Year during the 2010-11 season and was also named a finalist for the Ben Jobe Award.

In the classroom the program significantly raised its APR scores under Harvey's guidance and as a result of these efforts the team will be penalty free for the upcoming academic year.

"We appreciate the hard work put in by Coach Harvey over the past several seasons and we wish him well in his future endeavors, said TSU Director of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland. "It is our goal to maintain as much continuity as possible within the men's basketball program as it relates to the student-athletes currently on the team and the coaching staff in place. Moving forward we will name an interim head coach who will serve in that capacity for the 2012-13 season. At the conclusion of the season we will conduct a national search to find a permanent replacement."

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