Adrian Wiggins placed on leave

This from AP, following an announcement from Ole Miss:

OXFORD (AP) — Mississippi women’s basketball coach Adrian Wiggins will “no longer serve as head coach” and is on administrative leave while an investigation continues over “impermissible recruiting contacts and academic misconduct” involving his staff.

Wiggins has not been officially fired, but a statement from the university says the search for an interim head coach begins immediately. A decision on a new full-time coach will be made at the end of the season. The season begins Nov. 9.
Ole Miss assistant Kenya Landers and director of basketball operations Michael Landers — who are married — have been fired as a result of the investigation, which the university says is ongoing with the NCAA.

The university also announced players Kay Caples and Brandy Broome are ineligible after failing to meet NCAA transfer eligibility standards.

Wiggins was 175-66 in seven full seasons plus a few interim games at Fresno State. He guided Fresno to five-straight NCAA tournaments, won a school-record 28 games last season and was hired with hopes of reviving a program that won just two SEC games last year.

I spoke with Wiggins a few minutes ago but he said only that he couldn’t comment on an on-going investigation and will go through the process.

A media relations spokesman said Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork will comment more on the matter on Monday.

Here is what Bjork had to say in the news release:

“This is a sad day for the University of Mississippi, our profession and most importantly our student-athletes,” said Ross Bjork, Ole Miss Director of Athletics. “We are committed to the values of professional integrity and academic honesty found in the University Creed and the vision, purpose and core values we have established since I arrived at Ole Miss.  We expect our staff and our student-athletes to promote and uphold our values, and I am extremely disappointed these events have occurred.

“We learned of possible violations in September and immediately began a vigorous investigation.  As we discovered troubling facts, we informed the Southeastern Conference and NCAA and began taking steps to remedy the problems.  Although there is no current evidence that Coach Wiggins was complicit in or had direct knowledge of this misconduct, as head coach, he is accountable for the actions of those who report to him.”


Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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