Plymouth legend Skiles fired as Bulls head coach

It won't be a very Merry Christmas for Plymouth legend Scott Skiles.

The man who led to the Pilgrims to Hoosier hysteria and a state championship in 1982, was fired Christmas Eve afternoon as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Expected to contend for an Eastern Conference championship this season, the Bulls are just 9-16----the third worst record in the East.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was necessary at this time," General Manager and Notre Dame grad John Paxson said in a statement.

"Scott helped us in many ways during his time with the Bulls; most importantly, he helped this franchise get back to respectability. I am appreciative of his hard work and the imprint that he left on our team.”

Skiles was in his 5th season as the Bulls head coach. He led the Bulls to three straight playoff appearances, including a sweep of the defending NBA Champion Heat last season.

Skiles was 165-172 in Chicago

In 8 seasons as a NBA coach, Skiles is 281-251.

A Bulls assistant willl take over the team on an interim basis.

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