For the second time in a week, a major college basketball coach is stepping down. BYU coach Ladell Andersen announced his resignation Friday at a news conference at the Marriott Center. On Monday University of Utah coach Lynn Archibald was fired.
Brigham Young University did not indicate whether Andersen will remain at the school in another capacity.Andersen, 59, guided the Cougars to a 114-71 record in six seasons at BYU. The former Utah State coach and athletic director finished this season with a 14-15 mark. In 16 years as a college coach he has produced nine 20-win seasons and earned eight NCAA and two NIT berths. His BYU teams were invited to the NCAA three times and the NIT once.
During his tenure at BYU, the Cougars drew a high of 21,488 fans during Andersen's first season and a low of 15,259 in 1984-85. This season the Cougars averaged 18,149 as they went 14-15. BYU struggled throughout the season, never winning more than three consecutive games.
A top candidate to succeed Andersen is assistant coach Roger Reid, who served under Andersen and his predecessor, Frank Arnold. Reid, 41, has spent 11 years at BYU and been involved with recruiting such stars as Devin Durrant, Danny Ainge and Michael Smith. A 9 a.m. meeting between Andersen and his assistant coaches was slated Friday. Reid told the Deseret News Thursday that he had not been contacted about the vacancy.