Georgia State basketball coach Rod Barnes has been fired after four seasons. Athletic director Cheryl Levick made the decision Sunday to buy out the final year of Barnes’ contract.
He will not coach the team in the Colonial Athletic Association conference tournament beginning Friday.
Assistant coach Paul Graham will coach in Barnes’ stead. Georgia State finished the regular season Saturday night at home, a 65-58 loss to George Mason. The team finished the regular season with a record of 11-18 and a 6-12 mark in the conference, which placed the Panthers in ninth place.
Barnes’ career record at Georgia State was 44-79 and 24-48 in the CAA.
“The win-loss record simply does not reflect where we want to be for Georgia State men’s basketball,” Levick said in a statement. “We felt it was in the best interest of the program to make this change now and begin moving forward immediately.”