Ball State has fired coach Billy Taylor less than 24 hours after losing to Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference tournament.
There had been speculation all season that Taylor was on his way out, but when the Cardinals won five straight and seven of eight to advance to Cleveland in the tourney, some thought Taylor may have saved his job.
The Cardinals were 15-15, including 8-8 in conference play. Taylor went 84-99 in six seasons.
Athletic director Bill Scholl called it a "difficult decision" and said a search would begin immediately.