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Indiana coach Tom Crean said the search for a third assistant coach is ongoing. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
Steve McClain’s hire as Indiana’s third assistant may not be as imminent as reported in the Denver Post.
Via text message Monday afternoon, Indiana coach Tom Crean said the search is “ongoing, but will be wrapped up very soon.”
McClain, currently the associate head coach at Colorado, is widely considered the current favorite for the job, especially after he was passed over for the head job at Colorado. Former head coach Jeff Bzdelik left the program earlier this month for Wake Forest and McClain was considered one of the favorites for the open position. However, Colorado hired Northern Colorado coach Tad Boyle, leaving McClain available.
Florida Today, and everyone else for that matter, are reporting that Will Yeguete has committed to Florida. Indiana had been involved with Yeguete, a 6-foot-7, 210-pound guard from Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, Fla., since January, but Yeguete said last week he had eliminated the Hoosiers.
The Denver Post is reporting that Steve McClain will take the third Indiana assistant coaching position according to a source. We’re working to confirm that and there’s nothing official yet from IU, but we’re hearing it all over the place from people who hear these things but aren’t in the position to be cited as primary sources.
In other words, it’s the word on the street.
So just in case this does in fact, go down, here’s some info on McClain. (more…)
… Moses Abraham’s guardian Joe Boncore confirms that the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward has in fact signed with Georgetown.
Sterling Gibbs, a junior point guard from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, N.J., told Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal on Saturday that he is interested in taking an official visit to Indiana in the fall. (Scroll down a ways, it’s there.) Seton Hall Prep coach Bob Farrell said Monday he had not talked to Gibbs about Indiana, but that he knew the IU coaching staff had come to see Gibbs last season.
“He’s pretty open right now,” Farrell said. “I didn’t know he was considering a visit, but I know last year coach (Tom) Crean and (former coach Roshown) McLeod were at our practices. That’s really the only part I knew about it. I’m sure they’ve been in contact with him since then, but I didn’t know how serious it was.”
Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman is reporting that Colorado will hire Northern Colorado coach Tad Boyle for its open head coaching position.
Why does this matter? Because it could affect the third assistant position.
Lead Colorado assistant Steve McClain is considered a candidate for that open Indiana job, but was pushed for the head coaching position with the Buffaloes. The only Colorado alum of note, Chauncey Billups, wanted McClain in the head coach’s chair.
Now, McClain is available for Indiana.
Former Hoosier Dane Fife is also rumored to be a candidate for the third assistant job. He also may be looking at the Michigan assistant opening.
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