Gary Russi steps down as Oakland University president; wife fired as basketball coach

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Longtime Oakland University President Gary Russi will step down before the start of the next school year, the university announced in a news release late this afternoon.

The surprise announcement came on the same day that Russi’s wife, Beckie Francis, was fired by athletic director Tracy Huth as the head women’s basketball coach at Oakland. It wasn’t immediately clear if there was any connection.

Russi could not be reached for comment.

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