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TCU Hires Kansas Assistant Coach

March 25, 2002

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Neil Dougherty, an assistant coach at Kansas, was hired as TCU’s basketball coach on Monday.

Dougherty, who replaces Billy Tubbs, begins his new job next week after Kansas completes its season in the Final Four this weekend. The Jayhawks play Maryland in one of Saturday’s NCAA semifinal games.

Dougherty, 40, moves into his first head coaching job. He formally accepted the position Sunday night after Kansas returned home from its 104-86 win over Oregon in the Midwest Regional final.

After a quick stop at TCU for a news conference Monday, Dougherty returned to Kansas.

Dougherty has been an assistant under Roy Williams for seven seasons. Before that, he was an assistant for Eddie Fogler at Vanderbilt (1989-92) and South Carolina (1993-94), and also coached at Cameron (1985-87) and Drake (1988).

TCU chancellor Michael Ferrari was Drake’s president when Dougherty was an assistant coach at the Iowa school.

Tubbs, who resigned at the end of the season, was 156-95 and never had a losing record in his eight years at TCU. The Horned Frogs were 16-15 this season with just one senior on the team.

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