Turgeon Takes A&M Job

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4-9-07 - After 7 seasons at Wichita State, Mark Turgeon is moving on. Texas A&M introduced the coach on Tuesday, just five days after Billy
Gillispie left for Kentucky. Turgeon led the Shockers to a 17-14 record this season.

Turgeon met with Shockers basketball players overnight, confirming that he was leaving. Wichita State held a news conference at 3:30pm Tuesday. The athletic director promised that the search for a new coach begins now. Although he wouldn't comment on potential candidates, he did say the university would employ a search agency to assist.

Turgeon was 128-90 in seven seasons at Wichita State. He led the
Shockers to three consecutive 20-plus win seasons from 2004-2006,
culminating with a trip to the round of 16 in the 2006 NCAA tournament.

Turgeon also served as an assistant coach at Kansas under Larry
Brown and Roy Williams, and was an assistant at Oregon and with the
Philadelphia 76ers.

After 2006 and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen, WSU rewarded Turgeon with a 10-year contract extension worth $750,000 per year. But the coach has a $200,000 buyout.

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