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Report: Kyle Perry out at USC Upstate after one season

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina Upstate at Minnesota Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

USC Upstate has fired head coach Kyle Perry and athletic director Julio Freire, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello.

The Spartans’ season, their first under Perry, ended Monday night with an ASUN Tournament loss at Florida Gulf Coast. Though USC Upstate put a scare into the league’s regular season champion in the first half, the loss closed the book on a 7-25 (2-12) campaign.

Perry spent eight years as an assistant at USC Upstate under longtime coach Eddie Payne, who stepped down at the beginning of October. Payne oversaw the program’s transition to Div. I in 2007, and fielded generally competitive teams from 2011-17. Perry was announced as the interim head coach shortly after he retired due to health reasons, and then was named permanent head coach on Oct. 20.

The Spartans stumbled in what was ultimately Perry’s lone season in charge, suffering four losing streaks of four games or more, and fielding the country’s least efficient defense per KenPom.

Along with Hampton, USC Upstate will be joining the Big South for the 2018-19 season, and will apparently be doing so with a new mens’ basketball coach.