Vining quits

, Last Updated: 4:21 PM ET

MONROE, La. (AP) -- Mike Vining resigned as Louisiana-Monroe's basketball coach Tuesday after 24 years at his alma mater, finishing with an 8-19 record for his third straight losing season. He is the winningest basketball coach in Southland Conference history.

Vining said he met with athletic director Bobby Staub during the weekend and decided the program would benefit from new leadership before it moves to the Sun Belt Conference in 2006-07.

"It was best for me and everybody else to do it now," Vining said.

The Indians had their worst season under Vining in 2004-05, going 2-14 in the league and missing the conference tournament for the first time in 22 years. The coach had led the Indians to six 20-win seasons, nine conference titles and seven NCAA tournament appearances.

"I have put a lot of thought into this over the past few months," Vining said. "It has been a relief to make this decision, always knowing that sooner or later this day would come."


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