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UCSB Players Want Pimm To Go

December 17, 1997

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ Every player on the UC Santa Barbara basketball team except two who abstained from a vote asked coach Jerry Pimm to resign earlier this week, KEYT television reported.

Quoting a source, the television station said the Gauchos (2-4) didn’t practice Monday, instead holding a two-hour, players-only meeting. At that time, they held the vote.

After being informed of the vote, Pimm held an emergency meeting with athletic director Gary Cunningham and then met with the players to discuss the situation.

Bill Mahoney, UCSB director of media relations, said Tuesday that it was his understanding that the players’ vote was not directed at forcing Pimm to resign, but rather to get him to meet with them and discuss perceived problems.

``They did meet when they were supposed to be practicing (Monday), and they aired out grievances among themselves,″ Mahoney said. ``They did force a meeting with coach Pimm last night and aired their grievances out with him as well.

``They met one more time, before practice today (Tuesday) to iron things out, then they practiced after that. It was probably one of the best practices they’ve had all year.″

Tuesday’s workout was the Gauchos’ first closed practice in many years, KEYT reported.

Pimm, 59, has a record of 390-273 at UCSB. He was coach at Utah for nine years before taking over the Gauchos program. Seven of his teams have played in the NCAA tournament and three others played in the NIT.

UCSB’s two victories this season have come over Westmont, an NAIA school, and San Francisco State, an NCAA Division II school. The Gauchos have lost to Southern California, Portland, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara.

UCSB’s next two games are at San Francisco on Saturday night and at No. 9 Stanford on Monday night.

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