D'Antoni will not coach Marshall
HUNTINGTON — CBSSports.com reported late Tuesday night that Marshall University is no longer looking at Mike D’Antoni as its next men’s basketball coach.
D’Antoni, a Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame member, completed his second NBA season with the Los Angeles Lakers last week and there has been speculation that he might be fired. The Mullens, W.Va., native who played at Marshall from 1970 to 1973 has one year remaining on his Lakers contract and the team has an option for a fourth year.
“The Thundering Herd were targeting the Los Angeles Lakers coach as their next coach, but they were waiting to find out whether D’Antoni would be available,” college basketball writer Jeff Borzello’s report said. “On Tuesday, Marshall got its answer:
“Mike D’Antoni is not expected to take the vacant coaching job with the Thundering Herd, sources told CBSSports.com.”
One source was under the impression that D’Antoni would have been Marshall-bound if the Lakers fired him, the report said.
Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick has been silent since former head coach Tom Herrion’s resignation on March 14.
Hamrick has interviewed other candidates that are believed to include Eastern Kentucky head coach Jeff Neubauer, Stephen F. Austin head coach Brad Underwood and West Virginia assistant Ron Everhart.
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