Browns drop the ax: Chud's firing sends ripples through head coaching community

CSU head coach Gary Waters surprised by Chud exit

CLEVELAND - In the middle of his eighth season as Cleveland State University's head basketball coach Gary Waters offered his thoughts Monday after first hearing on his car's radio of the Cleveland Browns' front office decision to send first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski packing.

"It was a surprise to me this happened because they played games tough. But, at the same time when administrations look at things it's all about wins and losses, and that's what I thought hit them," said Waters.

With a CSU basketball program Waters has led since being named their head coach in April of 2006, he has consistently proved that a losing first season isn't necessarily a sign of things to come. A Waters-led team has been in a consistent post-season regular following his team's surprising victories such as last season's upset of then 7th-ranked Vanderbilt early in 2012's season opener.

Normally having CSU's administration backing during his long basketball season's sometime question marks had him feeling a bit of head coaching empathy Monday.

"You've got to have some consistency in your program. If every year you're changing coaches you're never going to have consistency. I don't care where you're at, the college level, the pro level, you need to have consistency and you need to have strong leadership in doing that," said Waters.

CSU starts their Horizon Conference schedule this week on the road January 2 at Green Bay, followed on Saturday January 4 at Milwaukee. Both games will be played at 8:00 p.m.

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