Tom Herrion knew that when he took over at the College of Charleston he was replacing a local living legend in John Kresse.
But Herrion apparently needed to live up to Kresse's high standards from the start because Herrion is now finished with CofC.
Despite having four years remaining on his contract, and due, according to a source, an estimated $1 million for the remaining years on that deal, Herrion is out as head coach, multiple sources told ESPN.com.
Herrion led the College of Charleston to an 80-38 record in four years. He went to the NIT in his first season but wasn't able to get to the postseason in the past three. CofC finished third in the Southern Conference South Division this past season at 9-6 (17-11 overall).
College of Charleston athletic director Jerry Baker wouldn't confirm the parting but did say both sides' legal representation were negotiating and it might take a few days to resolve.
"It's never a good time to go through this and this is certainly not one of the best," Baker said when asked of making a change at this time of the year. "But it's something we needed to do."
Kresse, whose name is on the arena, led CofC for 23 years and took the program up to Division I in 1993-94. He led CofC to six straight postseason appearances, four consecutive NCAAs ('94-'99), including an at-large berth in 1994 and two NIT berths. The program was Division I for 11 years as CofC changed conferences multiple times.
Herrion was an assistant under Pete Gillen at Virginia with strong Northeast ties before going to Charleston.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.