Alexander fired; Pittman interim coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cy Alexander has been fired as basketball coach at Tennessee State.

His dismissal was announced Friday by athletic director Teresa Phillips. He said the Tiger basketball program needs "a new direction."

Assistant coach Mark Pittman was named interim coach.

Alexander was in his sixth season at Tennessee State, posting a record of 67-107 overall and 48-56 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Tigers were 4-8 and 6-16 this season. Overall, in 24 years of coaching, Alexander has a record of 344-306.

Last season, Tennessee State finished 15-17 and reached the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference.