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ESPN reports Michigan basketball coach fired

October 11, 1997

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ University officials had no comment today on an ESPN report that Steve Fisher, the beleaguered Michigan basketball coach, has been fired.

Bruce Madej, the Michigan sports information director, said any response to the report would have to come from new athletic director Tom Goss. Goss was believed to be attending the Wolverines’ home football game against Northwestern, but wasn’t seen in the press box.

A phone call by The Associated Press to Fisher’s house was answered by nn unidentified woman. She said Fisher was not at home and that she didn’t know when he would return.

The reported firing comes two days after an investigation by an outside firm revealed three minor violations in the Michigan basketball program.

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale reported that Goss asked Fisher to resign before relieving him of his duties.

Vitale reported that Goss cited a lack of institutional control in the basketball program for Fisher’s dismissal.

The 52-year-old Fisher replaced Bill Frieder as coach just before the 1989 NCAA tournament and guided the Wolverines to the national championship. He also took Michigan to the NCAA championship game in 1992 and 1993 and to the NIT final last season, when the Wolverines won the title.

Overall, Fisher’s record at Michigan is 184-82.

Michigan was Fisher’s first college head coaching job. Before that, he was an assistant at Western Michigan from 1979-82 and an assistant at Michigan from 1982-89.

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