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Mike Deane Out As Wagner Coach, Dereck Whittenburg In?

Wagner has fired basketball coach Mike Deane after seven seasons in Staten Island, and a source tells ZagsBlog that they will replace him with Dereck Whittenburg, who coached the Seahawks to the NCAA Tournament in 2003 and was fired by Fordham in December. (Whittenburg, of course, is best remembered for this, er, pass to Lorenzo Charles in the 1983 NCAA title game.) Wagner finished the season 5–26, and having watched perhaps their most brutal game during our College Hoops Road Trip — a sloppy loss to previously winless Bryant — we can't say we're surprised they're looking to go in another direction. This concludes your daily Sports Section NEC news bulletin. [ZagsBlog]

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