The first post-Selection Sunday firing has arrive, with Duquesne parting ways with head coach Jim Ferry after five seasons. Ferry was 60-97 overall during his tenure, going to just one postseason tournament (the CBI last year). The Dukes finished 3-15 in the Atlantic-10 this year, last place in the conference.
Duquesne is the second A-10 job to open this month, after UMass fired Derek Kellogg last week. George Washington is also looking for a coach after the preseason firing of Mike Lonergan. The Pittsburgh school has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 1977 and has not won the A-10 since 1981.
Possible replacements include Bruiser Flint, the former UMass and Drexel head coach who is currently without a gig. Also out there is former Rutgers coach Mike Rice Jr., the son of former Duquesne coach Mike Rice and a Pittsburgh native. The younger Rice’s tenure at Rutgers came to a controversial end amidst a player abuse scandal. He had three very successful years at Robert Morris and has been coaching at St. Patrick HS in New Jersey since 2015.