News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Breaking News

March 3, 2007

NEWS UPDATE: Royce Waltman talks about being let go by ISU

St. LOUIS — The only coach to lead the Indiana State men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament in the post-Larry Bird era will no longer lead the Sycamores after the season ends.

ISU coach Royce Waltman, who has coached ISU since 1997, will not have his contract renewed. Waltman’s current coaching contract expires at the end of the season.

After declining comment on his status in the days leading up to the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, Waltman decided to speak during the postgame press conference after ISU’s 59-38 loss to Creighton in the MVC tourney.

“I found out a week ago, but it still hasn’t been made official by whoever is going to make that statement,” Waltman said.

Waltman cited dissatisfaction with university administration that news of his contract status became known to some before an official announcement.

“I’m not one to be bitter, but the administration handled this with the deft touch of a 20-mule team. They said it at a Board of Trustees meeting, which is obviously going to leak out, but yet said they didn’t want it announced until after the tournament. It left us with every man, woman and child in Terre Haute knowing I’m fired, but it’s not official.”

ISU Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman declined to comment about Waltman’s job status before Waltman’s postgame comments on Friday. Efforts to reach Prettyman, or anyone in ISU’s administration, after Waltman spoke late Friday were unsuccessful.

Waltman informed the team on Tuesday he wouldn’t be retained.

“It got to be such common knowledge, I had to talk to them. I told them it had nothing to with how I felt coming to the tournament. I felt we came down in good spirits,” Waltman said.

ISU will begin its first search in a decade for a men’s basketball coach.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Breaking News
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Today in History for April 18th Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Apologizes
NDN Video
My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010