The University of Idaho fired men's basketball coach Don Verlin for cause Friday.

The school had placed Verlin on administrative leave May 28, the same day the university self-reported three possible violations to the NCAA. A consulting firm found the potential violations after an investigation into the program.

"As with all personnel matters, we weigh many factors before we make a decision," interim athletic director Pete Isakson said in a release. "These are not easy conversations or decisions, but we have a direct responsibility to do what is best for the university.

"Our fundamental goal in U of I athletics is that each sports program be a source of pride for the Vandal community -- pride in our competition performance, in how we educate our student-athletes and in how we run our department. Foundational to meeting that goal is an absolute commitment to compliance and excellence."

Assistant coach Zac Claus will serve as the interim head coach through the 2019-20 season. Kirk Earlywine and Tim Murphy will continue as assistant coaches.

The school said the decision to fire Verlin was reached after consultation with university administration, including current university president Chuck Staben and incoming president C. Scott Green.

Verlin, who turns 54 on Saturday, coached the Vandals since 2008 and is the winningest coach in program history with a record of 177-176 in 11 seasons. Idaho was 5-27 last season, 2-18 in the Big Sky Conference.

--Field Level Media

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