Basketball coach remains mum on resignation

On February 17, 2006

Men's basketball coach Joe Esposito submitted his resignation to Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield on Tuesday. The announcement was made public during last Wednesday's game against MidwesternState over a local radio broadcast, 1260 KKSA.


According to a Standard Time's article on Friday, Esposito was to finish out the 2005-06 season and plans to coach somewhere else. The paper ran the article the day before the Thursday practice where Esposito told his team that he would not be coaching Saturday's game against Tarleton.


Several team members were contacted this weekend, but had been told by their coaches not to comment. Those that were interviewed requested to remain anonymous.


"It was right before practice- he came in with Coach Greene and said he would leave and turn over to Greene to give him some experience," one source said.


That gave Coach John Greene a day and a half to get ready for the game.


"It was really short notice for Coach Greene and it put him in a bad spot; the team already had been in a bad way and (Saturday's game) was against Tarleton, which didn't make things easier. Some of the guys just talked about the coach and whether or not he was going to leave."


According to the source, the team thought he would leave or get fired, because of the bad season they had been having.


Currently the Rams stand at a record of 8-16, 0-9 in their division.


Former sports and information director, M.L. Hinkle left ASU Nov. 23rd, and the Athletic Staff Directory Web site was just recently updated. Esposito's contact information was removed from the Web site the weekend after his resignation.


Former head coach Joe Esposito, interim head coach John Greene and Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield all refused to comment on the resignation.


Esposito came from TennesseeStateUniversity in 1998 and in his first season, came out with a 14-13 record. His second year here he took the Rams to the LSC tournament with a 19-8 record. The highlight of his eight years at ASU was the 2000-01 season when the Rams made it to the NCAA Division II playoffs. That year he was named LSC Coach of the Year.


Esposito is finishing up his classes at ASU and has not released any information on where he plans to coach in the future.

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