A bizarre off-season took an even crazier turn Sunday afternoon.
College basketball analyst Jeff Goodman broke the news Sunday that the Green Bay Phoenix will be moving on from head coach Linc Darner after 5 seasons.
Darner was 92-80 during his tenure with the Phoenix including an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016 – the school’s first in 20 years – after winning the Horizon League Tournament as the #4 seed. The Phoenix finished 21-17 and made a run to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship game a season ago and finished 17-16 this past season including 11-7 in conference play, good for 3rd in the 10-team Horizon.
The timing of the firing raises plenty of questions. The coaching staff had just put the finishing touches on the 2020 recruiting class and it remains to be seen how many of those recruits will stay committed to the program. There will also likely be several current players that opt to put their name in the transfer portal meaning there could be several spots to fill on the roster for next season.
Another important question that so far has gone unanswered is just how much money Green Bay will owe Darner after the decision to terminate his contract. He was earning $230,000 a year in base pay and according to his original contract signed in 2015 the school’s buyout for termination would be one year of base pay – or $230,000. But with several contract extensions since then it is unclear if the buyout has changed. Darner was signed through the 2025/2026 season meaning Green Bay could potentially owe him over $1.3 million, an impossible amount for a program with a small budget even in normal times, not to mention a global pandemic that has forced the university to furlough employees.
Surely there is more to come on this.
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