BLOOMINGTON – According to a published report, Indiana officials have offered its head basketball coaching position to second-year Washington State Coach Tony Bennett.
FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman cited unnamed sources, saying Indiana offered Bennett the position on Friday, one day after his team lost to North Carolina 68-47 in the Sweet 16.
Bennett is 52-17 in two years in Pullman, having taken over for his father, Dick, before the start of the 2006-07 season. In his debut season he took a team that was predicted to finish last in the Pac-10 to a 26-8 mark and was the consensus choice as National Coach of the Year. He followed that up with another successful run this year, going 26-9 and guiding the Cougars to the Sweet 16.
After his team's loss to North Carolina Thursday, Bennett was asked about rumors that he might be headed to IU. He avoided the subject.
""Right now, I'm coach at Washington State," Bennett said. "I want to talk about the seniors and what's going on (Thursday night)."
If IU has in fact extended an offer, it likely didn't want to wait long for fear of losing Bennett to another program. Bennett is one of the hottest coaching candidates this spring, and has also been rumored to be one of two finalists for the Cal position along with Denver Nuggets assistant coach Mike Dunlap.
The 38-year-old Bennett just completed the first-year of a seven-year deal that pays him $800,000 annually. According to a published report, Bennett's contract includes a $500,000 buyout.
Report: IU Offers Coaching Job to Bennett
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