Cleveland State coach Dennis Felton and his staff were fired by Cleveland State on Friday.

Athletic director Scott Garrett said Felton and his staff didn't meet university standards when it came to dealing with student-athletes.

"We take our mission to provide (Cleveland State) student-athletes with a transformational experience very seriously," Garrett said in a news release. "Our coaches operate with the expectation that they should build a culture supportive of our student-athletes in the classroom, accountable for their conduct as representatives of the University, and for their performance on the court.

"We will seek a new leader for our program who can deliver on this commitment."

Felton, 56, was 22-44 in two seasons at the school. The Vikings were 10-21 last season.

The assistants fired were Lou Dawkins, Bryan Tibaldi and Sam Ferry.

The firings come after Cleveland State's top player, guard Tyree Appleby, announced he was transferring earlier this month. Appleby averaged 17.2 points and 5.6 assists last season as a sophomore.

Patrick Vuyancih, who is an analyst on the basketball broadcasts, will serve as special assistant to the director of athletics and assist with administration until a new coach is hired.

Felton has a 206-189 career mark in 13 seasons as a head coach. He guided Western Kentucky to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons at the school (1998-2003), and also made one NCAA appearance during six campaigns (2003-09) at Georgia.

--Field Level Media

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