Heath: Hire Expected 'Sooner Than Later'

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Stan Heath's search for an assistant to replace the recently departed Bill Herrion won't last as long as he first expected.

"Originally, I said it probably would be July," Heath said Tuesday. "That probably may move up a little bit. When, I don't know. I haven't made a decision. But I think that timetable is going to change. It's going to be a little sooner than later."

Heath's announcement came a day after former Akron coach Dan Hipsher was on campus interviewing for the position originally vacated by Rob Flaska. Herrion was hired to replace Flaska on Heath's staff April 18, but left a month later to become head coach at New Hampshire.

Hipsher was 112-137 in nine years at Akron before being reassigned to an administrative job outside the athletic department after the 2004 season. Hipsher is the only candidate that has been spotted on campus since Herrion's departure.

Heath said he hasn't made a decision and declined to comment on individuals until an assistant is hired. Hipsher didn't return messages Tuesday.

Since Herrion's departure, Heath said 10 coaches were recommended to him and he has had phone conversations with six candidates. Heath's list has narrowed based on those conversations and he plans to make a decision soon.

"There's almost too many candidates," Heath said. "I don't want to get oversaturated and am comfortable with the few I've met with. I've talked to quite a few on the phone and have gotten several phone calls and recommendations, too.

"I really am leaning towards making a decision sooner than later."

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