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Joe Dooley and Saint Louis rumors continue to swirl

More news from the coaching carousel.

The situation in Saint Louis has slowly come into focus over the last few days. It looks as if Valporaiso's Bryce Drew is SLU's top choice to fill the head coaching vacancy in the men's basketball program.

However it looks like it will be tough to lure Drew away from Valpo.

FGCU's Joe Dooley and recently fired Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford are also on the Billikens' radar, per ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

According to a report from WINK News, citing sources of their sister station in St. Louis (KMOV-TV), FGCU head coach Joe Dooley interviewed with Saint Louis on Tuesday in regards to the Billikens' men's basketball head coaching vacancy. On the other hand, a Naples Daily News article cited Dooley as saying he got off of a recruiting flight on Tuesday afternoon.

This comes after continuing rumors linking Dooley to SLU. It began on Monday when a article stated: "Two great sources have now mentioned Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley’s name surrounding this one [SLU]"

It continued Tuesday with a report from Yahoo Sports Pat Forde saying: "Joe Dooley has emerged as a significant candidate at Saint Louis, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports."

While the coaching carousel will continue to spin as only the coaching carousel can do, we are left to speculate. With ten years under his belt as an assistant at Kansas, Dooley certainly has the Midwestern recruiting ties that would be vital in a position with the Billikens. Chris May, the SLU AD, also said he will hone in on established head coaches (via Yahoo). In addition to his 65-38 record at the helm of the FGCU program, Dooley also served as the head coach for East Carolina for a four year stint in the 1990s.

Things to seem to be at a stand still at the moment, however, with Bryce Drew and Valpo still in postseason play. The Crusaders are battling BYU in the NIT semifinals on Tuesday night. The wheels should really start turning once Drew is done coaching this season. Saint Louis isn't the only school courting Drew. The highly touted coach has also been linked to openings at Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.

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