Wichita State announces coach Jody Adams-Birch won't return

WICHITA, Kan. -- Women's basketball coach Jody Adams-Birch will not return to Wichita State, the school announced Sunday.

Adams-Birch had been temporarily replaced as the team's head coach Thursday while athletic director Darron Boatright reviewed the program. She missed games on Friday and Sunday.

Boatright said in a statement from the school that the two sides parted "mutually and amicably."

Linda Hargrove, the former WSU coach from 1989-98, will run the program for the remainder of the season, Boatright said.

Adams-Birch underwent an internal review after the 2014-15 season, when four players transferred from the program. The school kept the coach; Boatright wasn't the athletic director at the time.

Adams-Birch was in her ninth season at Wichita State; the Shockers are 8-10 this season. Under Adams-Birch, the Shockers made three straight NCAA tournament appearances from 2013 to 2015 -- the first in school history.