June 23, 2005
Valdosta - Valdosta State dodged a bullet when basketball coach Jim Yarbrough was passed over the Jacksonville University job back in April.
However, the man who has taken the Blazers to two Division II regionals in the last four years was going to be hired by some division one school.
And that division one school is Southeastern Louisiana who introduced Yarbrough as their new head coach Thursday afternoon in Hammond, Louisiana.
The 41-year old Yarbrough leaving Valdosta State after five seasons where he won 97 games, Valdosta State's only two Gulf South Conference eastern division titles in men's basketball.
The Blazers also made two NCAA regional appearances, one of which VSU hosted for the first time in school history.
The former College of Charleston assistant replaces Billy Kennedy who is now an assistant at the University of Miami.
Yarbrough takes over a Southeast Louisiana program that won the Southland Conference title this year and lost to Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
VSU athletic director Herb Reinhard says he will wait a few days before starting the search process to hire Yarbrough's successor.