UT fires basketball coach Stan Joplin

University of Toledo men's basketball coach Stan Joplin has been fired after 12 years.

A year ago, Joplin was named MAC Coach of the Year, but his Rockets just finished their season 11-19 and athletic director Mike O'Brien calls the last recruiting class a disappointment.

O'Brien says the program needs new direction and energy. He says the coach was surprised when he got the news Sunday.

O'Brien says the university is looking for a replacement who can excite the community and bring back season ticket holders.

Joplin had a 203-155 record at Toledo. He signed a three-year extension in 2006 that was to have taken him through next season.