Tony Benford out as North Texas coach after 5 seasons

North Texas has parted ways with coach Tony Benford.

Benford, 52, replaced Johnny Jones in 2012 when Jones left for LSU. Benford was in charge for five seasons, going 62-95, including a 2016-17 campaign that saw the Mean Green finish 8-22 overall and 2-16 in Conference USA.

"After spending this season evaluating our men's basketball program, we have determined that a change in leadership is necessary," North Texas athletic director Wren Baker said in a statement. "Tony and his staff have worked tirelessly for five seasons to help our student-athletes grow academically, socially and competitively. I am appreciative of those efforts. However, I believe we can compete for championships and, unfortunately, we have fallen short of those expectations. This is a highly attractive job that is located in one of the most talent-rich areas of the country and, in my opinion, the best region of the country to live in. I couldn't be more excited about the future of the program."

Benford was a longtime assistant coach at various schools before going to North Texas, most recently spending four seasons at Marquette under Buzz Williams. He also made stops at New Mexico, Arizona State and Nebraska during his 20 years as an assistant.

Benford was given a five-year deal when he was hired.