There are some programs where winning games simply isn't enough, as past successes have created the expectations of conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances.
The University of Tulsa--which has been the home to coaches such as Nolan Richardson, Bill Self, and Tubby Smith and eight NCAA berths from 1994 to 2003-- is one of those programs, as the Golden Hurricane will be under new leadership next season after firing the program's all-time winningest coach Doug Wojcik.
Wojcik, who took over prior to the 2005-06 campaign, had three years left on his contract.
This season, Tulsa started slowly at 7-9, but won seven straight league games at one point and earned a first round bye in the CUSA Tourney by finishing third in the league.
However, the Golden Hurricane dropped four of its last six games--including a triple overtime thriller to Marshall in the CUSA Tourney quarterfinals to finish 17-14.
Wojcik and Tulsa struggled to a 11-17 finish in his initial year at the helm, but he followed that with four consecutive 20-plus win seasons. In 2007-08 and 2008-09, the Golden Hurricane won 25 games. In 07-08, they also captured the CBI title.
While Wojcik--who has Tom Izzo and Naval Academy roots--ran a very clean program and won considerably more games than he lost, he compiled just a 8-32 mark against the RPI top 50 and there has been a significant decrease in season ticket sales and revenue since he was hired.
Tulsa averaged just 4,423 this season, down around 1,000 from previous seasons.