Eastman Leaves Washington State

Kevin Eastman resigned as Washington State basketball coach Wednesday after the club's third consecutive losing season.

Athletic director Rick Dickson made the announcement a day after he fired women's basketball coach Harold Rhodes and four days after the men's team finished the season last in the Pacific-10 Conference at 4-14.

Dickson said eastman agreed to step down after a meeting Tuesday to evaluate the season.

"In that process, Kevin and I came to the agreement on exactly the status of our program and where we were," Dickson told a news conference.

"I did not ask for his resignation," Dickson said. "At his estimation, this was the best direction to go."

Eastman said the team's recent disappointments led to his decision.

"With some of the knocks we took this year both on the floor and in other areas, and what maybe surrounds the program because of those knocks, recruiting would have been very difficult," he said.

"I want our guys to be very successful. I think we are quite close to having the type of season we would want to have. ... However, we are not there yet."

Eastman had a year left on his contract. His salary package pays about $225,000 per season.

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