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Northern Colorado basketball coach Jeff Linder resigns, takes Wyoming job

In four years Linder guided the Bears to a record of 80-50, including three consecutive 20-plus win seasons.
Credit: AP
Northern Colorado's Coach Jeff Linder watches from the sidles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday Nov. 18, 2019, Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

GREELEY, Colo. — University of Northern Colorado head basketball coach Jeff Linder resigned on Tuesday to accept the same position at the University of Wyoming. 

The move comes less than a week after UNC's NCAA Tournament hopes were dashed due to the cancelation of the Big Sky basketball tournament amidst coronavirus concerns. 

Had the No. 2 seeded Bears won the Big Sky, they would have been in the 'Big Dance' for the first time since 2011. The entire NCAA Tournament was later canceled due to the pandemic. 

In four years Linder guided the Bears to a record of 80-50, including three consecutive 20-plus win seasons.

"I would like to thank Coach Linder for what he has done for UNC and our men's basketball program," Director of Athletics Darren Dunn said in a statement released by the school. "Under Coach Linder, our basketball team has excelled in the classroom and on the court and they have been great representatives of UNC. We wish Jeff, Kelli and their family all the best."

At Wyoming Linder will replace Allen Edwards who was fired on March 9. 

Northern Colorado says the search for its next coach is already underway, but they won't comment any further until a hire has been made.

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