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With speculation swirling that the Orlando Magic will fire him, perhaps even before the All-Star break, coach Jacque Vaughn said he's done well at blocking out all the noise about his job security or lack thereof. "I think you've seen my demeanor: It hasn't changed," Vaughn said Monday, before his Magic faced the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. "My approach hasn't changed, and that's why I can look myself in the mirror every single day. I have a peace that's beyond the game of basketball, and I'll continue to do my job like I have since I accepted it Day One." Orlando Sentinel

February 2, 2015 Updates

With speculation swirling that the Orlando Magic will fire him, perhaps even before the All-Star break, coach Jacque Vaughn said he's done well at blocking out all the noise about his job security or lack thereof. "I think you've seen my demeanor: It hasn't changed," Vaughn said Monday, before his Magic faced the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. My approach hasn't changed, and that's why I can look myself in the mirror every single day. I have a peace that's beyond the game of basketball, and I'll continue to do my job like I have since I accepted it Day One." Orlando Sentinel

January 31, 2015 Updates

Vaughn said Friday morning before Orlando's practice that he is taking his third season as the Magic's coach "day-by-day" and that his approach hasn't changed despite a season-high, seven-game losing streak. The Magic have lost 13 of their last 15 overall and given up 100 or more points in 11 straight games. The seven-game losing streak is Orlando's second such skid of at least five games since the start of 2015. "Day by day," Vaughn said when asked about his approach to the remainder of the season. "That's what I do, I've always done. I do my job the best I can that day. I went home, I watched film — nothing changed. I got up this morning, met with my group, ready for practice and ready for a game." USA Today Sports

Asked if reports that his job could be on the line affected the way he did his job, Vaughn said he is blocking everything out. That includes choruses of boos that could be heard during the Magic's 115-100 home loss to Milwaukee on Thursday. "Do my job every day, partner," he said. "I don't abide by the tyranny of other people's attitudes and moods. I'm ready to rock and roll." USA Today Sports

January 30, 2015 Updates

It is likely the Magic will promote one of their assistant coaches to interim head coach, but several league executives have speculated that former Magic player Scott Skiles could be a front-runner for the job. Skiles played five of his 10 NBA seasons with the Magic, enjoying the best years of his career there. ESPN.com

One source said Vaughn will not be fired Friday and that he will likely coach at least the Magic's next three games against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday, the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday and the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. After those three games, all probable losses, the Magic's schedule lightens considerably, with four of their next six opponents being non-playoff teams. That's a much more favorable situation in which to bring a new coach. ESPN.com

The Orlando Magic are close to firing coach Jacque Vaughn and a change could come soon, league sources told Yahoo Sports. As embarrassing losses accumulate, Vaughn is rapidly running out of time to show the progress needed to make it through the next several days – never mind the fourth and final year of his contract in 2015-’16, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

In fact, the lack of a natural candidate to promote to interim head coach from a young, inexperienced staff of assistants has played a part in Orlando management’s hesitancy to have already made a change, sources told Yahoo Sports. Management has been evaluating Vaughn closely in recent weeks, and played a part in pushing him to play a faster tempo based on the youth and athleticism of the roster, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Sources have told the Sentinel that the Magic will not guarantee whether Vaughn will remain as coach for the rest of the season. There are 33 games remaining. The Magic say they are currently reviewing all aspects of the team, including Vaughn and his staff. Orlando Sentinel

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 13, 2015 Updates

OS: Is his job safe for this season? Rob Hennigan: Look, we’re clearly in a rut and we need to find our way out of it together. The buck starts and stops with me. I’m responsible for the team and its performance, plain and simple. I’m constantly evaluating myself and ways in which I can do a better job for our team, and that will continue to be the case, and I’ll continue to make sure I’m evaluating every inch of the organization. It’s my job to make sure that we’re constantly evaluating every aspect of the organization from top to bottom. So, to your question, I’d say that everyone and everything is being evaluated right now. I wouldn’t be doing my job if that weren’t the case. I’ll also say that there’s not one isolated problem or issue and that we need to collectively be part of generating the solution. Orlando Sentinel

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