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TCU Men's Basketball Coach Will Not Return

Authorities said that Texas Christian University men's basketball coach Trent Johnson will not return.

Johnson had been the Horned Frogs coach for four seasons. The change comes after TCU finished 12-21 on the 2015-16 season and after Johnson won only eight Big 12 conference games in four seasons.

"We believe change is needed in the leadership of our men's basketball program," TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte said in a news release. "We simply did not have the success we envisioned but believe the pieces are now in place for us to move forward."

The Horned Frogs began play this season in a new $72 million arena.

"With our new facility and playing in the Big 12, the strongest basketball conference in the country, we're positioned well to have a men's basketball program that makes TCU and Fort Worth proud," Del Conte stated.

Johnson was 50-79 overall with the Horned Frogs, and only 8-64 in regular-season conference games. Those Big 12 losses were by an average of more than 15 points.

"Trent Johnson is a man of unbelievable integrity," Del Conte said. "It's hard to find a better person than Trent, and I have the highest level of respect for him. Trent inherited a very difficult situation, and we truly appreciated his efforts over the last four years."

TCU's last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 1998, while in the Western Athletic Conference with Billy Tubbs as coach. Before TCU, Johnson had taken LSU, Stanford and Nevada to the NCAA Tournament.

A search will begin immediately for TCU's next head men's basketball coach.

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