The release also addressed the delay in announcing the firing, which a week after Donlon was informed:
“The university and Billy Donlon’s representative have been in conversations for the last several days about the basketball program’s change in direction. Per policy and in the interest of fairness to both parties, the university’s position was to maintain confidentiality until such time as Donlon’s future role with the university was determined.”
Donlon came to WSU in 2006 as an assistant coach under Brad Brownell. When Brownell left for the Clemson job in 2010, WSU hired Donlon as the eighth head coach in program history.
He had his best season in 2012-13, leading the Raiders to a 23-13 mark. He came within one win of tying that win total this past season.
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