A Fresno State athletic department source confirmed to me today that the school’s head basketball coach for the past six seasons, Steve Cleveland, has been relieved of his duties.
An announcement by the school is forthcoming, most likely this afternoon.
I’m told Cleveland will remain at Fresno State, with his duties re-assigned within the athletic department.
Cleveland’s Bulldogs finished the season 14-17, with the coach’s career record 92-98 during his six seasons in Fresno.
Previously, Cleveland had moderate success as the head hoops coach at BYU, leading the Cougars to three NCAA tournament appearances over eight seasons in compiling a 128-108 record at the school.
With Fresno State joining the Mountain West next season, I’m told the school wanted a fresh start with its basketball coach and program.
Though he led the Bulldogs to only one postseason appearance, the NIT in 2007, Cleveland restored the integrity of the program after it was saddled with NCAA sanctions from the previous coaching regime.