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Jim Baron out as URI hoop coach

March 4, 2012

University of Rhode Island officials have announced that Jim Baron is being dismissed as the university’s basketball coach. Baron has two years left on his contract, which means that URI will be liable for about $1.5 million in salary (No state money is used for the coach’s salary).

Baron, who is well-liked and respected within college basketball coaching circles, had some great success in Kingston, but has never made an NCAA tournament and this year his young team has staggered to a 7-24 losing record. And there have been some nights when the Ryan Center just wasn’t drawing crowds. A Brooklyn, N.Y. native, Baron came to URI from St. Bonaventure. Both of his sons, Jimmy and Billy, have played for URI. (Billy is a member of the current team).

Baron had 6 20 win seasons at URI but also lost 20 games in three different seasons. This year’s team finished 7-24 and did not qualify for the A-10 tournament.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    March 4, 2012 6:06 pm

    Firing Coach Baron is another typical classless act from URI.

  2. March 4, 2012 6:29 pm

    Premature to say the least. Jim Baron’s done a great job for years and this is the thanks he gets.

  3. tim1999 permalink
    March 5, 2012 12:55 am

    Long overdue.

  4. JJ Ferreira Jr permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:00 pm

    And this simply feeds the impression that athletics are far, far more important at URI than academics. Even if no state money is used for his salary, it is absurd that 1.5 million that could provide numerous scholarships for students is, instead, going to be wasted on something THAT WILL NEVER LEAD TO A DEGREE OR POST-COLLEGE CAREER!!!! What are colleges and universities for, playing games or learning to think and to engage in life as informed and creative citizens? Mr. Baron’s firing isn’t the issue here. What is the issue is that athletics are given far, far too much importance when, at best, they should be a mere distraction for students from their work in becoming the next generation of thinkers and do-ers.

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