A recruitment office for the University of Virginia basketball program was fired Wednesday after a report that it was hiring a former UVA basketball coach.
The UVA Board of Visitors voted unanimously to fire the recruiting office.
The move came after the Associated Press reported that the recruiting agency was recruiting a former coach of the Virginia basketball team, but no athletic director was immediately available to comment.
UVA athletic director Patrick Gleason told The Associated Press that his department had no comment on the matter.
The Associated Press previously reported that UVA was hiring the former Virginia coach to be its next head coach, a move that was widely criticized.
Former Virginia head coach Tony Bennett, who is now with the Houston Rockets, also was reportedly involved in the decision.
A spokesman for the UVA Athletic Department declined to comment on Wednesday.
The Associated Sports reported that Bennett and UVA were not the only candidates, but that there were “many more names being floated around” as the recruitment office search for the school’s next head basketball coach continues.
A UVA spokesman declined to elaborate on the report, saying the school was not commenting on personnel matters.UVA is in the process of hiring a new athletic director and is scheduled to make its first hiring announcement Friday.
The school was scheduled to host a hiring party Thursday, but was forced to cancel due to an avalanche of negative media coverage.
The Charlottesville newspaper, The News & Courier, reported that a number of former UVAs assistants are seeking jobs at other schools, including former Virginia assistant coach Joe Davis.
The newspaper also reported that former UVa head coach Mark Turgeon, who has not been hired as the school prepares to face the University at Albany in the second round of the NCAA tournament, is also in the running.