Hartford coach Leibovitz resigns

Hartford coach Dan Leibovitz resigned with four years left on his contract, he said Tuesday.

Leibovitz said he expects to work again at his alma mater, Penn, where he would be coach Jerome Allen's top assistant. Leibovitz was a longtime assistant at Temple under John Chaney and was the interim coach for the Owls when Chaney was suspended for five games in 2006.

Leibovitz had four more years left on his contract but opted out of his contract to go back to Penn. Leibovitz reached the final of the America East tournament in 2008. Leibovitz won 13 games in 2007 and 18 in 2008 but then dropped to seven wins in 2009 before the 2010 season ended with Hartford finishing 8-22 and 6-10 in the America East.

Allen and Leibovitz were good friends from their time at Penn. Allen was named Penn's interim coach, replacing the fired Glen Miller, earlier this season. Allen was named full-time head coach after the season. Allen's best win came at the beginning of the Ivy League season when the Quakers beat first-place Cornell. Penn finished 5-9 in the Ivy, 6-22 overall.

Andy Katz is a senior writer who covers college basketball for ESPN.com.