Thursday, May 1, 2003

Iowa State suspends coach

The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa State basketball coach Larry Eustachy was suspended Wednesday after acknowledging he is an alcoholic, and the athletic director urged the school to fire him.

Three hours after Eustachy said he has sought treatment but will not resign, athletic director Bruce Van De Velde held a news conference to announce Eustachy would be suspended with pay and should be replaced.

Eustachy, who has five days to appeal to the president's office, is 101-59 in five seasons at Iowa State.

Van De Velde took the action because Eustachy "engaged in behavior that is inconsistent with his responsibility to conduct himself in a manner that reflects positively on Iowa State University and the university's athletic programs."

Eustachy's admission at a news conference earlier Wednesday came after photographs were published of him partying with college students in Columbia, Mo., on Jan. 22 - just hours after Iowa State lost to Missouri. The photographs, in the Des Moines Register on Monday, show him partying with students and kissing young women on the cheek.

He apologized to his family and players and said he realized he was an alcoholic.

"For the rest of my life I will seek counseling for this illness," he said.

Eustachy is under contract through the 2010-11 season and is paid more than $1 million a year.

FORDHAM: Bob Hill is out as coach after the Rams had the worst record in school history, 2-26. He had six years left on a 10-year deal and was 26-78 overall with the Rams.

ILLINOIS: Bruce Weber was named coach at Illinois after five seasons at Southern Illinois.

Weber replaces Bill Self, who took the coaching job at Kansas. Weber went 103-54 in five seasons at SIU, including 24-7 last season.

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