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Denver, Rodney Billups part ways after five seasons

Ryan Young
·Writer
·2-min read

After half a decade at the helm and starting there himself, Rodney Billups is out at Denver.

Billups, the younger brother of longtime NBA player and Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, and Denver parted ways on Monday after five seasons.

“We are thankful for Rodney’s service and dedication to the program and it’s student-athletes,” Denver’s vice chancellor for athletics Karlton Creech said in a statement. “We wish him and his family the best in future endeavors.

The Pioneers went just 2-19 this season, and only won one Summit League game. They didn’t qualify for the conference tournament, either — the second time they’ve missed the mark in the past three seasons.

Billups took over in Denver in 2016, and finished with a 48-94 overall record. He won just nine games over the past two seasons. He played at Denver for three seasons from 2002-05, and averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 assists per game during his final season.

Albany parting with Will Brown after 20 years

Albany and longtime coach Will Brown are parting after two decades.

The decision, the school announced on Monday, was mutual.

“After nearly 20 years coaching at UAlbany, I have decided it is time for me to seek a new challenge and after meeting with [athletic director] Mark Benson, we have agreed to mutually part ways,” Brown said in a statement.

“Anyone who knows me knows this decision was extraordinarily difficult. But I leave the University at Albany with an enormous sense of pride in the positive impact that my staff, my family and, most important, the student athletes I had the honor of coaching, have had on UAlbany basketball and the greater Albany community."

Brown compiled a 315-295 record in his 20 seasons at Albany, and reached the NCAA tournament five times. The team went just 7-9 this season.

Binghamton splits with Tommy Dempsey

Binghamton split with coach Tommy Dempsey on Monday after nine seasons, the school announced.

Dempsey, who arrived at Binghamton in 2012, finished with a 71-194 record. The program never had a winning season under his watch, and won just four games this season. He landed in New York after a seven-year stint at Rider, where he won a single MAAC conference title in 2008.

Assistant Levell Sanders will take over as the team’s interim coach for next season, though a search for a permanent replacement will take place after the season.

"I want to thank Tommy for his many contributions towards Binghamton University athletics and our basketball program," athletic director Patrick Elliott said in a statement. "Tommy guided our program and our student-athletes through challenging times, and always demonstrated a commitment towards integrity, academic success and citizenship."

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