News broke late Saturday night that North Dakota State men's basketball head coach Saul Phillips has accepted the head coaching job at Ohio University. Phillips said in a statement released on the Ohio men's basketball twitter account that he is "extremely excited about the future of Ohio basketball...I am elated to have a chance to add to it's rich tradition. This is an outstanding university in a terrific community."
Phillips was 134-84 in seven seasons as head coach for the Bison. He twice lead NDSU to the NCAA tournament, knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners in his second trip in 2014. He finishes fourth on the all-time wins list of NDSU men's basketball.
Valley News Live Sports Director Jamal Spencer spoke with Phillips on Sunday and the former Bison head coach said that he was able to break the news to all his players before the story broke online. He actually made it a priority to call each and every one of them to make sure they heard it from him first but he regretted not being able to talk to them in person. Phillips also stated that Ohio first contacted him Friday and they reached a deal Saturday evening. "This year was a LOT of fun", Phillips said, "a ton of fun and I'm glad everybody got to enjoy it."