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USD buys out Holland’s contract

March 9, 2007

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— Brad Holland's 13-year run as basketball coach at San Diego ended Thursday when the school bought out the final year of his contract.

Holland was 200-176, with one NCAA Tournament appearance and no regular-season West Coast Conference championships. The Toreros upset top-seeded Gonzaga to win the WCC tournament in 2003 and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

"We need to move our program so that we're competitive in the upper quartile of our conference, so that we're competing for the conference championship," athletic director Ky Snyder said. "We're not where we want to be at this point."

Snyder informed Holland at an afternoon meeting. Holland then met with his team.

"There wasn't a lot of talk about the reasons, exactly, but this is what the university has decided to do," Holland said.

"I love it here," added Holland, whose twin daughters graduated from USD. "I always felt it was a good fit for me and the university. It's frustrating that it came to an end."

The Toreros were 18-14 this season and finished fifth in the West Coast Conference.

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