Georgia State fires Perry

ATLANTA -- Four years after replacing coaching legend Lefty
Driesell, Georgia State men's basketball coach Michael Perry has
been fired.

"We are grateful for what Michael Perry has done for Georgia
State during his tenure as an assistant and head coach and we wish
him and his staff well," Georgia State athletic director Mary
McElroy said Sunday.

Perry, a former assistant under Driesell, joined the Panthers'
staff in 1997. In 2003-4, he led the squad to a 20-9 record and the
semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.

But his teams have struggled since, posting a combined 62-75
record in three consecutive losing seasons. Georgia State went
11-20 this season, and lost to Virginia Commonwealth 73-60 in the
quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament on

Perry has two years left on his contract and Georgia State will
honor the terms of the agreement, McElroy said.