Baron Fired as Rhode Island Coach

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The University of Rhode Island Rams fired men's basketball coach Jim Baron on Sunday with two years remaining on his contract.

The Rams finished the regular season 7-24, including a disappointing 4-12 record in the Atlantic 10.

Baron arrived at URI in 2001. He made five NIT appearances and won 20 or more games six times but never reached the NCAA tournament.

Athletic director Thorr Bjorn said on the university's website Sunday that a nationwide search for a successor would begin immediately. He did not say why Baron was released from his contract.

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