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Elliott on Scholl dismissal

News broke Monday that Binghamton University will begin a nationwide search for a new head coach for the women's basketball team after Nicole Scholl was informed she would not return for next year.  Scholl has been a coach at BU for the 15 years, the last 6 as head coach.  In her time as a head coach she has amassed a 68-115 record, including this season's 5-25 finish and last year's 6-24 mark.

BU Athletic Director Patrick Elliott said that the main reason for her dismissal was the team's record and on-court performance.  He did say that losing out on recruits to conference opponents was a factor, but more of a minor consideration.

Elliott added that it was a tough decision to make because Scholl is a "real class act," and "gave her heart and soul to this university."  The coaching staff and players were informed of the decision on Monday as well. 

In regards to the future of the assistant coaches, Elliott said they will be retained for the time being and when a new head coach is hired, they will be able to hire their own staff.  Elliott added that any of the current assistants that apply for the job, when it gets posted, will be considered for the job.

As per NCAA rules, players will be released from their scholarships if they choose to change schools when a head coaching change is made.  Elliott said the decision will take some time for the players to process, but he hopes that in the end they will all decide to stay as a member of the Bearcats.

The nationwide search for a new head coach is expected to take about a month.

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