ATLANTA—Georgia State men’s basketball coach Rod Barnes will not be retained as head coach, effective immediately, Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick announced. A national search for the program’s next head coach will begin right away.

Assistant coach Paul Graham has been named the interim head coach and will lead the squad in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship, which begins Friday in Richmond, Va.

After Saturday’s 65-58 loss to George Mason, the Panthers finished the regular season with a record of 11-18 and in ninth place in the CAA with a 6-12 conference record.

“After careful evaluation, we have made the decision to seek new leadership for our men’s basketball program,” said Levick. “The win-loss record simply does not reflect where we want to be for Georgia State men’s basketball. We felt it was in the best interest of the program to make this change now and begin moving forward immediately.”

“I thank Coach Barnes for his service to Georgia State and our student-athletes and wish him success in his future endeavors,”
continued Levick.

Barnes coached the Panthers for four seasons, compiling a record of 44-79, including a 24-48 mark in CAA play. He previously spent eight seasons (1998-06) as the head coach at Ole Miss for a 12-year career record of 185-188.

Graham joined the GSU staff for the 2007-08 season. He is a former head coach at Washington State (2003-07) and has also served as an assistant coach at Colorado, Oklahoma State, New Mexico and SMU.