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North Texas coach resigns

June 2, 1997

DENTON, Texas (AP) _ Tim Jankovich resigned Monday after four years as men’s head basketball coach at North Texas, saying he had ``accomplished my initial goals″ at the university.

``I believe I elevated the program from the standpoint of performance, the quality of athletes and competition in the Big West Conference,″ he said.

A search will begin immediately for his successor, school officials said. His assistant coaches will remain until a new head coach is selected, athletic director Craig Helwig said.

Helwig denied contract negotiations between Jankovich and the university were a factor in the departure.

However, Helwig said Jankovich had been contacted by the University of Denver about its coaching position.

Telephone messages left for Jankovich’s number were not returned Monday.

North Texas finished 10-16 overall and 5-11 in the Big West last season, the Eagles’ first in the conference. The Eagles previously competed in the Southland Conference.

In his four years at North Texas, he posted an overall 53-57 record.

Jankovich served as an assistant coach at Texas-Pan American, Kansas State, Texas, Colorado State and Oklahoma State.

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