DiLeo out as coach

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Tony DiLeo will not return as Sixers head coach in 2009. He will return to his role as the team's senior vice president and assistant general manager. (File photo)

A source close to the team has told the Inquirer that 76ers coach Tony DiLeo will not return as coach next season.

Earlier today, the Sixers announced that General Manager Ed Stefanski and DiLeo would sit down sometime this afternoon to discuss this past season and DiLeo's future.

The Sixers have announced a conference call scheduled for 4:30 p.m. where Stefanski is expected to announce that DiLeo will not return as coach.

The source said that DiLeo told Stefanski during the meeting that he did not want to be considered for the job. It is unclear whether Stefanski was still considering DiLeo or was poised to move on, anyway.

DiLeo took over for Maurice Cheeks on Dec. 13, 2008. He finished the season with a 32-27 record as head coach and seemed poised to return next season until the Sixers embarrassing season finale -- a 25-point loss to the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic.

With the first decision made -- no DiLeo -- Stefanski will now focus on hiring DiLeo's replacement.

We'll update as more information becomes available.

--Kate

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