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East Carolina Dumps Coach Dooley

March 2, 1999

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) _ East Carolina bought out the final year of basketball coach Joe Dooley’s contract on Tuesday, ending his tenure with the team after four years.

Dooley had a 57-52 record, with losing seasons the past two years. East Carolina finished seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association both seasons, when the team’s conference mark was 12-20.

The Pirates were 13-14 this season, 7-9 in the CAA.

``I am proud of the progress our program had made in the past four years and wish the Pirates success in the future,″ Dooley, 33, said in a prepared statement.

Dooley’s base salary was slightly more than $80,000, said sports information director Norm Reilly, who added that he did not know the full value of Dooley’s compensation package.

``I don’t think they’re writing him a check for $80,000. I’m not sure how that worked out,″ Reilly said.

Reilly referred further questions about Dooley’s salary to athletic director Mike Hamrick, who was traveling to Raleigh for a booster club meeting.

Dooley was primarily responsible for recruiting during his four years on the staff of Eddie Payne, his coaching predecessor. When Payne left for Oregon State after the 1994-95 season, Dooley was promoted to coach.

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