EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - On Wednesday, the University of Evansville Athletic Director Mark Spencer introduced the new Todd Lickliter as the new head coach of the men’s basketball team.
The news broke just before 6 p.m. Tuesday that Walter McCarty was dismissed of his role as the coach. McCarty was placed on administrative leave back in December by UE for alleged Title IX violations.
That investigation is still ongoing.
In the school’s press release about the firing of McCarty, it named Bennie Seltzer as the acting interim head coach for the rest of the season. Seltzer held that role for less than four hours.
Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, UE officials confirmed to 14 Sports that Lickliter signed a multi-year deal with to become the new Purple Aces head coach.
Less than two hours after his introductory press conference, Lickliter led the Aces back into action at the Ford Center.
“I’m looking forward to things getting back to where they need to be for the Aces,” said UE fan Sandy Raben.
With just 11 games left in the season and a new head coach, fans are staying hopeful and faithful to their Aces.
“Every year a player comes in here they can be assured that people remember them, that they played for Evansville," explained Evansville Otters President John Stanley. "That’s why I think everybody continues to be so loyal to the University of Evansville.”
Younger fans, like Nathan Raben, are eager to see what’s in store for this team’s future.
“I hope that the new coach is going to do good for the team and help them come back out of their lost deficit,” said Nathan.
The Aces and Lickliter lost their game to Drake on Wednesday, but fans say just give it some time and they will get back to being a winning team.
“I’m very hopeful it will all sort out," President of the Aces Assist Club Larry Meeks said.
The score of Wednesday’s game was 73-50, Drake over Evansville.