CARBONDALE, Ill. (KMOX/CBS SPORTS) – The Chris Lowery era is apparently over at Southern Illinois University.
CBSSports.com is reporting that Lowery was fired Friday after eight years as Salukis coach. A news conference is scheduled for 3:30pm.
Lowery’s teams posted a 145-116 record, but just an 8-23 mark this season. SIUC lost to Indiana State in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, Thursday night.
The 39-year-old had two years remaining on a seven-year contract worth more than $5 million.
A source told CBSSports.com that SIU will target Illinois’ Bruce Weber if Illinois parts ways with its coach after this season. The Illini have lost seven of their past eight games, which has brought Weber’s job security into question. Weber coached Southern Illinois from 1998-2003.
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