Daily Dirt – 3/23/16

The busy week continues…here are a bunch of things that I’ve heard in the past few hours…

  • On Monday, I mentioned FGCU head coach Joe Dooley and Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings and their involvement at St. Louis (Daily Dirt – 3/21/16).  The “hot” name here now is Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew.  His team had a big win last night in the NIT, and he’s now one win away from 30 on the season.  The former Valpo star and NBA player is currently 123-48 in his 5-years as the head coach of his alma mater.  More on this one as I hear it.
  • Speaking of St. Louis…former Alabama head coach and current Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Anthony Grant’s name has also come up here.  BUT, his name has been even stronger at Tulane.  In addition to his six seasons at Alabama (118-86), Grant spent three seasons as the head coach at VCU (76-25).  It depends who you talk to, but is sounds like Tulane and their search firm Eastman and Beaudine, have a top 2 or 3, and Grant could be in that group.  Other names mentioned here: Purdue assistant Greg Gary (a Tulane alum) and Yale head coach James Jones.  Apparently CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb has expressed some interest as well.
  • Starting to hear some names surrounding the search at UTSA.  I’ve heard two Oklahoma assistants – Steve Henson and Chris Crutchfield mentioned here as well as Texas assistant David Cason and Creighton assistant Steve Lutz.  I should have more on this one soon.
  • Word on the street is that Army head coach Zach Spiker is no longer involved with the search at Drexel.  Hearing now that he may be working to get involved at Delaware. Spiker has a clause in his contract in which he would have to pay $140,000 if he terminates his contract before 6/30/16. However, Delaware is one of 5 schools listed that the penalty would be waived for.
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