Byron Samuels out as Florida A&M coach

Florida A&M will not renew the contract of men's basketball coach Byron Samuels, the school announced Friday.

Samuels was 17-71 with the Rattlers, including 7-23 this season.

"After review and evaluation of the Florida A&M University men's basketball program, FAMU Athletics has decided to take its program in a different direction," athletic director Milton Overton Jr. said in a statement.

"Restructuring our program with a continued emphasis on academic achievement and competitive success will be key components in moving FAMU basketball forward. We would like to thank Coach Byron Samuels for his contributions to our men's basketball program and student-athletes over the past three seasons. Assistant Coach Lamont Franklin will lead our program as the interim head coach while a national search is conducted for a replacement."

Florida A&M was eligible for postseason play this past season after being ineligible the previous two due to Academic Progress Rate sanctions imposed by the NCAA.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.