Report: Evansville fires Simmons, former IU star Cheaney front runner to take over


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - The University of Evansville is reportedly parting ways with head basketball coach Marty Simmons and a former Indiana University star may be in line to take his place.

WFIE-TV reports Simmons is being let go after 11 seasons as the head coach of the Purple Aces. The UE alum compiled a record of 184-175 during his tenure as coach. His son, Blake, was a senior on this year's team.

The university would not confirm Simmons' firing, but told WFIE a statement would be released on Wednesday. However, the contact information on Simmons biography on the athletics department website directs to Kim Gentry, director of development for men's basketball.

Sources also tell WFIE Calbert Cheaney, the all-time leading scorer in IU history, is the front runner to take over as head coach of the Purple Aces. The 46-year-old Cheaney graduated from Harrison High School in Evansville before embarking on his record-breaking career at Indiana. He was a three-time All-American and was named National Player of the Year in 1993.

He is currently an assistant coach at St. Louis University.

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