Daily Dirt: Sunday Edition – 3/20/22

Story: Adam Nelson (@HD_DirtKing)

Sounds like 5 are the mix at Tulsa right now. Names I’ve heard include Stephen F. Austin’s Kyle Keller, Louisiana Tech’s Eric Konkol, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Steve Lutz, St. John’s associate head coach TJ Cleveland, and one more. It sounds like this one could be wrapped up this week.

Interesting name at San Diego…I have heard from multiple sources that Yale head coach James Jones is involved here. The 3x Ivy League Coach of the Year has been at Yale since 1999, and has been involved with multiple jobs over the past few years. Sounds like he’s also in the mix at George Washington as well.

South Carolina has now whiffed on Sean Miller (went back to Xavier) and Dennis Gates (sounds like he will be hired at Mizzou). Next up….the Gamecocks have interviewed Wake Forest assistant BJ McKie (South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer), and Furman head coach Bob Richey. Sounds like Murray State’s Matt McMahon could be in play here (McMahon also involved at LSU as well).

I’ve heard that Robert Morris associate head coach Mike Iuzzolino is the name to keep an eye on at D2 Seton Hill (PA). Iuzzolino is in his 6th season at RMU after spending two seasons as an assistant at Canisius. The PA native has also worked at New Mexico, and played at both Penn State and St. Francis (PA). More on this search as I hear it.

Queens University of Charlotte associate head coach Grant Leonard should absolutely be in the mix to replace his former boss Bart Lundy (departed for Milwaukee). Leonard has been on the Queens staff for the past nine years – during that time the Royals have averaged 24.2 wins/year. If for some reason he doesn’t get this one, expect him to wind up on the Milwaukee staff.

It sounds like the leader at D3 Thomas College (ME) is Marquise Pollard. The 2014 Thomas grad played for the Terriers for four years, and then spent two on the staff as an assistant after graduation. I’ve heard an official announcement could be made as early as this week.

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