Taylor to return as Ball State basketball coach

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Billy Taylor will remain the head coach of Ball State basketball, the school announced Saturday.

Taylor met with athletics director Tom Collins for an end of the year evaluation this week before the decision was made to retain the coach.

"When we hired Coach Taylor we knew we were in for a major rebuilding project in regards to our men's basketball program," Collins said in a release.  "When he became our coach prior to the 2007 season, we had to address many concerns within the program.  There were on-court issues, academic issues, APR and compliance concerns.  In addition, we had severe community and public relations issues.  Coach Taylor and his staff have done an outstanding job and worked tirelessly to improve our program in many areas.  Although, we were all disappointed with the 2011-12 season, it will not deter us from reaching all of our goals with the program and with its place in Ball State University's mission."

Taylor has two years remaining on his contract with Ball State. He has coached the Cardinals for five of his 10 years as a collegiate head coach. Ball State finished this past season with a 15-15 record.

"We were all disappointed with how the 2011-12 season played out," Taylor said.  "We have made great strides with this program in the last five years.  We truly appreciate the faith and trust Ball State University has in our ability to lead this program.  Ball State is a great place for my family, and we appreciate all the support and assistance we have received from the community.  We are looking forward to the 2012-13 season."