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AP Sources: Steve Fisher retiring as San Diego State basketball coach

FILE - In this March 10, 2016, file photo, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher calls to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah State at the Mountain West Conference men's tournament in Las Vegas. (David Becker / Associated Press)
FILE - In this March 10, 2016, file photo, San Diego State coach Steve Fisher calls to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah State at the Mountain West Conference men's tournament in Las Vegas. (David Becker / Associated Press)
By Bernie Wilson Associated Press

SAN DIEGO – Steve Fisher is retiring from a basketball coaching career that includes a national championship at Michigan, directing the Fab Five and then turning San Diego State from a laughingstock into a West Coast power.

Two people with knowledge of the situation said Monday that Fisher, 72, is retiring after 18 seasons at SDSU.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because Fisher’s decision hasn’t been announced by the school.

The school scheduled a news conference for Tuesday.

Fisher didn’t return a call seeking comment. He had one year remaining on a three-year contract extension he signed in November 2014.

SDSU has been prepared for Fisher’s retirement for several years. It designated his long-time assistant, Brian Dutcher, as the head coach in waiting in 2011, when Fisher signed a contract extension. Since then, Fisher and his wife, Angie, have talked after every season about his future.

Fisher apparently feels it’s time to retire, the two people said.

Fisher, Dutcher and athletic director John David Wicker are scheduled to be at the news conference Tuesday. Fisher’s son, Mark, is expected to remain with the program.

Fisher is stepping down after a disappointing season. The Aztecs finished 19-14 and failed to make a postseason tournament or win 20 games for the first time in 12 seasons. SDSU made a school-record six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2010-15, including reaching its first two Sweet 16s. The Aztecs reached the NIT semifinals in 2016.

Fisher was 386-209 at SDSU.

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