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Fast firings: Jerry Tarkanian

Fast firings
Jul. 20, 2006. 01:00 AM

The New York Islanders fired GM Neil Smith on Tuesday after six weeks on the job. Other quick-trigger moves:


Fired as football coach at University of Alabama in 2003 before coaching a single game. News reports claimed he had paid for private dances at a topless bar in Florida.


Fired by New York Rangers GM Glen Sather in January 2003, 54 games into the season. Rangers were league's highest-paid team but were last in the Atlantic Division.


The long-time college coach was fired as coach of the San Antonio Spurs in 1992 after a 9-11 start. "I'm 62 years old," Tarkanian said. "I probably ought to be out watering the flowers."
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