Bruiser Flint's Drexel teams never had much luck through the years, but they were generally competitive and sometimes more than that. Flint survived far too many injuries to key players to win more games than any other coach in school history, but he could not survive a 6-25 season. He was let go Monday with a year left on his contract.
Flint broke the news himself Monday morning. He told ESPN that he had been dismissed from the job, then posted a tweet of his own confirming his departure:
The 1987 Saint Joseph's graduate was hired in April 2001 after five mostly successful seasons at Massachusetts. But even two NCAAs and an NIT were not enough at UMass coming off the 1996 Final Four. Nobody has done as well as Flint at UMass since he left.
Flint's Drexel teams were 245-217 in 15 seasons, but had losing records in three of the last four. This season was doomed when Damion Lee graduated last spring and decided to use his final season of eligibility at Louisville. Schools such as Drexel can't replace players of Lee's caliber, and the Dragons did not.
Flint's best Drexel teams were in 2006-07, when the Dragons finished 23-9 and won road games against Villanova, Syracuse, Temple and Saint Joseph's, and 2011-12, when the Dragons were 29-7 and lost a heartbreaking CAA championship game to VCU in Richmond. Both teams were in the NCAA at-large mix, but neither got a bid.
Flint, who started his coaching career as an assistant at Coppin State under Fang Mitchell and was right by John Calipari's side when UMass went from national joke to national power, certainly has a resume that will get him more work in the business. It just won't be at Drexel anymore.
Among the potential candidates to replace Flint is Doug Overton, the former La Salle star and St. Joe's assistant coach who now works as Comcast SportsNet's color commentator on 76ers broadcasts. Overton's son Miles is a redshirt sophomore for the Dragons, and Yahoo Sports recently reported that Overton has drawn interest from unnamed local college programs.