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Chappell out as coach at Central Arkansas

Conway, AR (Sports Network) - The University of Central Arkansas fired head men's basketball coach Rand Chappell and his staff on Sunday.

The move came a day after the Bears completed their season with a mark of 9-21 overall, including 3-13 in Southland Conference play. Chappell, who had three years remaining on his contract, had a mark of 104-104 in seven years as head coach at the school. His career record is 302-166.

"Personnel decisions are never easy," UCA athletics director Brad Teague said. "Coach Chappell and his staff are fine individuals whom I respect, but there are times when tough decisions have to be made. I felt I needed to make a change for the good of UCA and its men's basketball program."

The Bears, in their final year of transition to NCAA Division I, never won more than four games in Southland Conference play during the four-year transition. The team's overall record during the time was 43-76.

The UCA athletic program will complete its transition to full Division I status this year and will be eligible for postseason tournament play beginning this fall.

03/07 22:31:21 ET