CBKB: Auburn fires Jeff Lebo after 6 years
AUBURN, Ala. — Jeff Lebo was fired Friday as Auburn’s basketball coach after his fourth losing season in six years with the Tigers.
Tapped to rebuild the program in 2004, Lebo failed to do so and was dismissed by athletic director Jay Jacobs after going 96-93 overall and 35-61 in Southeastern Conference play. Lebo took the Tigers to the postseason only once — to the NIT in 2009.
With expectations raised this season, Auburn finished 15-17, including 6-10 in the league. The team will return only one starter next year.
“I want to thank coach Lebo for all that he has done for Auburn University over the past six years,” Jacobs said. “Coach Lebo has worked hard and has always represented Auburn with character, class and integrity. However, we feel like the time has come for Auburn basketball to move in a new direction.”
Jacobs made the move after Tigers’ season ended Thursday with a 78-69 loss to Florida in the SEC tournament. He said a search for a replacement would begin immediately.
Lebo played for North Carolina in 1985-88 and began his college coaching career at Tennessee Tech.