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Texas Southern set to announce new men's basketball coach

April 4, 2008

Texas Southern University has scheduled a press confeence for Friday morning (Apr 4) where they are expected to introduce Tony Harvey as its new men's basketball coach.

Harvey had been director of basketball operations for the past two years for St. Louis-based MAC Sports & Entertainment. He joined MSE following his resignation from Missouri, where he coached as an assistant from 1999-2004. Although his resignation was clouded by accusations of multiple NCAA rules violations, he was cleared of any wrongdoing in early 2006.

Harvey's appointment is not without controversy.

Marty Shellist, attorney for Kevin Granger, told the Houston Chronicle newspaper that Granger was expected to replace interim coach Robert Moreland, when Moreland's term ended on March 31. Shellist said Granger had entered into a gentleman's agreement with the school and then-athletic director Alois Blackwell. However that deal apparently went out the door when new TSU president John Rudley fired Blacwell in February.

Granger played at TSU from 1992-96 and left a high school coaching job last October to serve under Moreland.

The coaching turnover began at TSU when Blackwell fired Ronnie Courtney last July. Following Blackwell's firing, new head football coach Johnny Cole was named interim AD.

Harvey takes over a program that finished 7-25 last season and finished tied for eighth in the conference standings. The Tigers earned a trip to the SWAC Tournament but lost to regular season champion Alabama State, 67-49, in the first round of the tournament.


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