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Collins out as 76ers coach after three seasons, will remain with organization in front office

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    Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins studies a stat sheet as his team plays the Indiana Pacers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (The Associated Press)

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    Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins, left, hugs forward Thaddeus Young as guard Jrue Holiday looks on before their NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (The Associated Press)

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    Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins calls a play for his team as they play the Indiana Pacers in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The 76ers won 105-95. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) (The Associated Press)

Doug Collins has resigned after three seasons as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and will remain with the franchise as a special consultant.

Collins has one year left on his original four-year deal worth $4.5 million. He steps down after a season so full of promise unraveled starting with the knee injury to center Andrew Bynum. The Sixers went 34-48 and missed the playoffs for the first time in his three seasons.

The decision was announced by owner Josh Harris Thursday.

Collins wanted no part of what is expected to be a long rebuilding process from the bench and will instead add his input from the front office.

The Sixers picked up the option on Collins' contract for the 2013-14 season in training camp and he said then he wanted to remain with the organization in some capacity when his coaching career is over. It's over earlier than expected.

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