College basketball program parts ways with head coach day after NIT victory
Maybe the NIT doesn’t carry the same weight and prestige as the NCAA Tournament, but any win in a postseason event in college basketball is thought to be a good thing. It didn’t prove to be good enough for Xavier, though.
Multiple outlets reported on Wednesday that Xavier has parted ways with head men’s basketball coach Travis Steele. Per the reports, there was a mutual agreement for both parties to go separate directions.
The news comes just a day after Xavier notched a 72-68 victory over Cleveland State in the first round of the NIT.
Can confirm the reports that Xavier and Travis Steele have parted ways. In four seasons, Steele went 70-50 but 31-37 in the Big East. He never reached the NCAA Tournament. @RickBroering had it first. A major job opening for AD Greg Christopher to fill.
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) March 16, 2022
Steele has been the head coach of the Musketeers since 2018. Despite posting a winning season in each of his four years with the program, Xavier did not make the NCAA Tournament.
Xavier hit the 19-win mark three times under Steele, making two NIT appearances. In his four years, the Musketeers compiled a record of 70-50 but just 31-37 in Big East play.