DENTON, TX (KAUZ) - The University of North Texas has announced the hiring of Arkansas State basketball coach Grant McCasland.
North Texas athletic director Wren Baker said in a statement Monday that McCasland would replace Tony Benford, who was fired earlier this month after North Texas ended the season 8-22.
McCasland led Arkansas State to a 20-12 record in just one season in Jonesboro.
Arkansas State athletic director Terry Mohajir said in a statement that ASU wishes McCasland and his family the best and that a national search will begin immediately to find his replacement.
McCasland led Midwestern State to a 54-14 record and back-to-back Elite 8 appearances from 2009-2011 before leaving, first for Abilene Christian, and then four months later, for an assistant coaching spot at his alma mater, Baylor.
Before coming to Wichita Falls, McCasland won a junior college national championship at Midland College.