After 11 seasons, ISU will not renew the contract of Men’s Basketball Head Coach Greg Lansing, Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced Monday.
“To make this decision didn’t come lightly,” Clinkscales said at an afternoon press conference.
For the past 20 years, Lansing has been at ISU as either a head coach or as an assistant coach to the men’s basketball team.
In Lansing's first season at ISU, the Sycamores won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and went to the NCAA Tournament. Lansing went on to lead the Sycamores to appearances in two National Invitation Tournaments and one CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
At ISU, Lansing became the 11th coach in Missouri Valley Conference history to reach 100 career conference wins. He had six winning seasons, four all-MVC first team selections, and went to the Arch Madness championship game twice. His tenure ends as the second-winningest coach in program history with a record of 181-164.
There have been rumors that this would be Lansing’s last year with the Sycamores. Jeff Goodman of Stadium.com tweeted on Feb. 28 that Lansing was unlikely to return after this season.
Lansing was clearly disappointed with the decision.
“It’s been a little much lately, as far as I’m concerned, leading up to the tournament with some of this stuff and the attention being taken off a special group of young men trying to go and win a championship and talk with them.”
Clinkscales and Lansing both said that the discussions leading to the end of Lansing’s contract were not contentious.
"While I am disappointed, I understand the business side of college athletics,” Lansing said in a press release. “I'd like to thank Sherard for our open and honest conversations over the last two days. I love Indiana State and Terre Haute and always will. It's a part of who I am. We look forward to what's ahead and trust that the Man Upstairs has a plan for Kristi and I.”
Lansing said he will continue to support Indiana State basketball and all of their teams moving forward. “We truly appreciate the support we have received as well as the friendships we have made. We couldn't be more blessed and thankful."
Clinkscales said Lansing had been a “wonderful person to work with,” and that Lansing has done a good job recruiting in the last three years.
“The past two years have been what I would say have been very solid seasons. I would say
that we have met expectations in the way I evaluate things,” Clinkscales said.
Clinkscales said he hopes to hire a new head coach “sooner than later.” He said that a lot of people have already expressed interest in the job, but he wants someone who has had experience at a high level.
“I need somebody who’s going to be here for the next five to seven years,” he said.
As he prepares to leave at the end of the month Lansing said he has no regrets and he doesn’t want the team to have any regrets. Of the players, he said “it’s probably the best group of guys I’ve been around … they’re very special young men.”
Lansing said “(Clinkscales) is a great AD. He’s going to find a good head coach. I hope it’s someone on our current staff. I think that would help moving forward.”
When asked what he will do next, Lansing said he expects he will have other opportunities.
“I think this is going to be the month of Greg,” he said, jokingly referring to George Costanza’s summer of George episode of the sitcom, “Seinfeld.”