Foster will not return to OSU

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBUS (AP) -- Jim Foster, who won 783 games at Saint Joseph's, Vanderbilt and the last 11 years at Ohio State, will not return as women's basketball head coach next season.

The end came after he did not win 20 games with the Buckeyes for just the first time since taking over a beleaguered program in 2002.

The statement issued by Ohio State did not specify if Foster had been fired or was retiring. He compiled a record of 279-82 (.722) in his tenure with the Buckeyes, departing as the program's winningest coach in victories and percentage.

Foster, reached by phone by The Associated Press, declined to offer any comment. Asked if he was leaving the program voluntarily, the 64-year-old Foster repeated that he had nothing to say.

The statement issued by Ohio State did not contain any quotes from Foster, but did include athletic director Gene Smith and Miechelle Willis, the AD who oversees the women's program.

"Jim Foster has meant so much to so many over his career," Smith said.

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