USF fires hoop coach Walters


University of San Francisco men’s basketball coach Rex Walters has been fired after eight seasons.

Athletic director Scott Sidwell made the announcement Wednesday.

Walters, a Japanese-American who grew up in San Jose, went 127-127 with a 63-65 record in the West Coast Conference. The Dons had winning seasons three times during his tenure, with the most successful finish being 21-12 in 2013-14 with an NIT bid as Walters won WCC Coach of the Year.

USF was 15-15 this season and 8-10 in the WCC for fifth place. The Dons lost in the WCC tournament quarterfinals.