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Michael and Joseph Young leave University of Houston

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Michael Young, a charter member of the famed Phi Slama Jama teams at the University of Houston in the early 80's, told FOX 26 Sports he has refused a reassignment within the Cougars athletics department and is no longer with the school.

Young also said since he has left UH his son, guard Joseph Young, who just completed his sophomore season with the Cougars, will no longer play for the school.

Young has been involved with UH basketball for 16 years, most recently as director of basketball operations for head coach James Dickey.

"James Dickey don't want me to be a part of his coaching staff anymore," Michael Young said. "He wanted to go in another direction.

"I was offered an alternative position. I refused it and I've moved on from the University of Houston. As you know I have a son that plays on the basketball team at the University of Houston and he doesn't understand what's going on and he is also going to move on and we're going to look at his NCAA eligibility and see what's left."

Young said he was offered a community service role with UH athletics, which would have involved him promoting the school.

"It's one of those things, I've been loyal to the University of Houston, not to say they haven't been loyal to me," Michael Young said.

"It's been (16) years, but you always look at the beginning of something when it starts and you always try to figure out how it's going to actually end. I will always be a Cougar, but disappointed."

In a statement released by the school Dickey said he had expected Young to remain with UH.

"With his contract ending May 31, Michael was offered, accepted and signed a new contract earlier this week at the same compensation beginning June 1 with new responsibilities inside the Athletics Department," Dickey said in his statement.
"Since that agreement, I have not spoken further with Michael about his new contract."

Michael Young said he had no idea he was going to be reassigned

"Very, very surprised," Michael Young said. "I don't know what the reasoning is for me not to be a part of the staff, but hey I've worked for everything all of my life and if he don't want me to be a part of his staff, I don't have a problem with that.

"I'm fine. It's just something that I needed to get off my back or get it off my chest so me, the University of Houston and Joseph can move on."

Joseph Young recently completed his second season with the Cougars since transferring from Providence.

During the 2012-13 season Joseph Young led the Cougars in scoring at 18 points per game, which ranked second in Conference USA.

"Joseph is dealing with it fine," his father said. "He made his decision and I guess he loves his dad more than he loves the University of Houston. He made a statement to me-he can't play for a coach that don't want his dad to be a part of the staff like he's been the past years."

The school did not comment on the status of Joseph Young.

As a player at UH Michael Young was Third-Team AP All American in 1984, was named to the SWC All-Tournament Team three times, was inducted into the UH Athletics Hall of Honor in 2004 and the school retired his UH jersey (#42) in 2007.

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