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FGCU coach Joe Dooley reportedly linked to UNCW opening

Joe Dooley's name has once again been connected to another head coaching vacancy.

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In the later part of this article, Coach Dooley's salary and the FGCU athletics budget are listed. Those numbers were slightly outdated and a FGCU spokesperson has informed the FGCUEaglesNest.com that the current figures are as follows. Joe Dooley salary after incentives: $277,750. FGCU Athletics budget: $14.7 million.

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Tuesday brought about some interesting rumors and information regarding Joe Dooley and the off-season coaching carousel. In the morning, ESPN's Jeff Goodman stated that Dooley, among two others, is a front-runner for the opening at UNC-Wilmington of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

https://twitter.com/GoodmanESPN/status/846702435821326337

According to John Smist of the local WECT TV station in Wilmington, Dooley and UNC assistant C.B. McGrath have interviewed for the UNCW men's basketball head coaching job. This seems to have been verified by Alex Riley of the StarNewsOnline, who reported that the UNCW athletic director "has interviewed or is planning to speak with" Dooley, McGrath and Arizona assistant coach Joe Pasternack.

While on the surface this might not seem like a huge step up from a FGCU program that is loaded heading into next season, it does make sense in a few ways. Prior to his time at FGCU, Dooley's first head coaching gig was at East Carolina from 1995-1999 so he does have some familiarity with the area. And as Seth Soffian of the News-Press pointed out, Dooley does have some family in the region.

From a financial perspective, previous UNCW head coach Kevin Keatts earned a $500,000 base salary in 2016 (StarNews). Dooley earned just under $260,000, with incentives. And in comparison to FGCU's total projected athletic budget of $9.4 million (News-Press), UNC-Wilmington planned to spend $13.4 million on athletics in 2016-17 (StarNews).

Looking at competition and exposure, the CAA ranked 11th in RPI among the 32 NCAA D-I conferences in 2016-17 while the Atlantic Sun ranked 26th.

Earlier this month, Dooley was also rumored to be a candidate at UMass but it looks as if that search is going in a different direction.

This story is developing. Follow the latest news at @FGCUEaglesNest on Twitter.


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