Daily Dirt 4/14/11

Pretty quiet day here at the HoopDirt World Headquarters. Here are a few things that have come across my desk so far….

The search at Eastern Michigan is continuing. From what I’ve heard, at least two possible candidates have turned down the opportunity to interview. Texas Southern head coach Tony Harvey, and former Utah head coach Jim Boylen have both said thanks, but no thanks. Neither will interview for the position. I still believe the next coach will come from my original list: http://hoopdirt.com/blog/b0c4e3e7/eastern-michigan-names/…

New UNLV head coach Dave Rice is making more progress on his staff. He’s already hired San Diego State assistant Justin Huston and offered one of his spots to Nuggets assistant Stacey Augmon. It appears that former UNLV assistant and current Moberly CC head coach Jay Spoonhour is on the short list. He and Rice worked together on Charlie Spoonhour’s staff at UNLV in the early 2000’s. Also, Findlay Prep head coach Michael Peck was the video coordinator on that staff. Rice may be trying to find some type of role for him on his staff as well.

The search at Kennesaw State continues. From what I’ve heard, there were 120 applicants, and it has been narrowed to 10. The next step is to narrow it to three and hopefully have a new head coach in place soon. The names that keep popping up are Belmont associate head coach Casey Alexander, former Georgia Tech head coach Robert McCullum and local HS coach Greg Matta. Also, an interesting name has begun to surface. Former Appalachian State head coach Kevin Cantwell is apparently pretty involved here. He was also a long-time assistant to Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech, and has most recently worked as the head coach at Carolina Day School.