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The Latest College Basketball Coaching Rumors

DePaul is continuing their search for Jerry Wainwright's replacement and has an extensive list of candidates that they are studying. Contrary to a TV report that ran in Chicago last week, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon was never a serious candidate for the job. He is a good friend of DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto and the two keep in touch but Dixon never was offered the job and he never seriously considered it. UCLA coach Ben Howland did consider the DePaul opening but decided on Tuesday to stay in Westwood where he feels his program is poised for a rebound season after a difficult 2009-10 campaign.

Other names that have surfaced in connection with the job include Kansas State coach Frank Martin, who signed a lucrative extension with K-State a few weeks ago and has a hefty buyout of his contract. Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery has been rumored to be on the DePaul short list but my sources tell me he is not in the upper tier of candidates for the job.

USC's Kevin O'Neill would be a tremendous choice and loves Chicago but he just completed his first season in LA and was named the Pac Ten Conference Coach of the Year by the Sporting News. He is not expected to leave USC. Another name that was on DePaul's list was UTEP's Tony Barbee but he was named the new coach at Auburn on Wednesday.

Iowa is also looking for a new coach after firing Todd Lickliter and appears to be looking for a lower priced alternative after paying big money to Lickliter in his settlement. Sources confirmed to me on Wednesday night that Iowa is talking to Dayton's Brian Gregory, Tulsa's Doug Wojcik, Utah's Jim Boylan, and Wright State's Brad Brownell. Three of the candidates (Gregory, Wojcik, and Boylan) all worked as assistants at Michigan State for Tom Izzo.

Stay tuned because I believe that DePaul will have a new coach named within 10 days but who that will be is still very much up in the air.

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backslap said:

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USC's Kevin O'Neill would be a tremendous choice are u kidding. They guy drove Northwestern's roster into the ground and left the program high and dry in September, ticked off everyone at Tennessee and left after three years, ticked off everyone at Arizona when he was named the successor to Lute Olson only to botch that up, is at USC ONE year! and is already sniffing around jobs. Yea he would make an excellent choice alright for a traveling used car salesman.this program needs someone who wants to be here for a few years not one who will leave in two years or sooner.

Roti2000 said:

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Thanks for the tweet confirming that Brad Stevens has no interest in the DePaul job--I was SURE that a guy who brought his team to the Final Four was going to immediately leave Butler after the tourney to coach the doormat of the Big East.

What is the latest on Tom Izzo or Bob Huggins? I am sure that both were on the phone with Jeanne after their losses last night to see who could convince her to give them the most coveted job in college athletics.

Coach Calipari, Rick Pitino, and Jim Boeheim have all been noticably silent on the DePaul job, as well. I am sure they are just working behind the scenes to catch Jeanne's eye!

Maybe she's holding out to coax John Wooden out of retirement?

Any insight you can provide about these legitimate candidates is welcome!

*dan bradley said:

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Kap - do you feel validated yet, after arguing with idiots all offseason that Zambrano is NOT an ace. ;-D

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