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A-State basketball coach bolts after one season for North Texas

Former Arkansas State Men's Basketball Coach Grant McCasland (KATV Photo)

Arkansas State Men's Basketball Coach Grant McCasland has accepted the same position at North Texas.

“I was informed today by Coach McCasland that, due to his family situation in Texas, he has accepted a job at another institution,” Arkansas State Athletics Director Terry Mohajir said in a statement. “We wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

McCasland was hired in March, 2016 to take over a program that had won 11 games each of the previous two seasons. He led the Red Wolves to a 20-12 record, but the team ended the season having lost six of its last eight games. He is a native of Irving, Texas, and spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Baylor.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as the next head basketball coach at the University of North Texas," McCasland said. "I am honored by the confidence that both Vice President and director of athletics Wren Baker and President Neal Smatresk have demonstrated as we went through this process. Their commitment and vision for men's basketball at North Texas is inspiring and I look forward to working with them to build champions and prepare leaders with the young men we have in our program. We are going to strive daily for excellence in every aspect of our program, do things the right way, and establish a winning culture that values relationships throughout. Our family looks forward to joining Mean Green nation and I can't wait to get started in Denton."

“There is no question in my mind that we will find a strong individual to lead our men’s basketball program,” Mohajir said. “There are a lot of exceptional attributes attached to this basketball program, and I believe this position will attract outstanding coaches.”

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