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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Patsos leaving Loyola?

Just when it appeared the coaching carousel had stopped spinning, the MAAC could have its third coaching change of the offseason.

According to a report in the Washington Post, Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos is likely going back to Maryland, where he served on Gary Williams' staff from 1991-2004.

Patsos resurrected a once-abysmal program in Baltimore, inheriting a team that had gone 1-27 the previous year and turning the Greyhounds into MAAC contenders. In 2007-08 the Hounds finished only a game behind Siena and Rider in the league standings and had a 17-point second-half lead on the Saints in the tournament semifinals.

That, however, was as close as Loyola has gotten to the NCAA tournament. With a continuous flow of transfers from high-major programs -- and without much success recruiting top-level high school players -- the Hounds have become a bottom-tier MAAC team. This past season they finished eighth in the league and lost to Manhattan in the tournament play-in round.

Patsos has also been in the headlines for unusual reasons throughout his tenure. In addition to his hyperactive sideline behavior, he's also drawn attention for leaving the bench during a game to sit in the stands, and for double-teaming Davidson star Steph Curry for the entirety of a lopsided loss in 2008-09. Following the Davidson shenanigans, he wrote this bizarre letter to PTI's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

Loyola hired Jim Paquette as its athletic director in February, replacing the outgoing Joe Boylan, who hired Patsos in 2004.

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