Florida A&M has fired men’s basketball coach Byron Samuels.
FAMU went 7-23 this season and lost to South Carolina State in the first round of the MEAC tournament.
Samuels just finished his third season as the Rattlers head coach and compiled a 17-71 record. Samuels posted a 2-27 record during the 2014-15 season and had a 8-21 record in 2015-16.
“After review and evaluation of the Florida A&M University men’s basketball program, FAMU Athletics has decided to take its program in a different direction. Restructuring our program with a continued emphasis on academic achievement and competitive success will be key components in moving FAMU basketball forward, said FAMU athletics director Milton Overton in a release from the school. “We would like to thank Coach Byron Samuels for his contributions to our men’s basketball program and student-athletes over the past three seasons. Assistant Coach Lamont Franklin will lead our program as the interim head coach while a national search is conducted for a replacement. Our focus continues to center around “Building Champions in the classroom, on the field and in life – with academic honesty and integrity,” Overton added.