Coaching Scuttlebutt: Around the NCAA

Louisville assistant Kevin Willard is a candidate for head coach opening at Iona

IONA

Louisville assistant Kevin Willard appears to be in the mix at Iona.

A year ago, it appeared as though Willard had the Delaware job — until the athletic director was made aware of Willard's DUI a few years back.

Other names in the mix are Providence assistant Steve Demeo, who was instrumental in the team's success at Iona when Tim Welsh was there, ex-Virginia head coach Pete Gillen — who probably won't get enough compensation to take it — and St. John's assistant Fred Quartelbaum. Villanova assistant Brett Gunning withdrew his name from consideration.

KENTUCKY

While the fans in Lexington and Gainesville await the big announcement on whether Billy Donovan stays or goes, a second name on Kentucky's list has emerged, according to several sources.

It's Texas' Rick Barnes.

No word on whether the Longhorns head man would leave Austin. Another name that still sits high stop the list of Mitch Barnhart's most wanted is Michigan State's Tom Izzo.

Look for Donovan to make a decision one way or the other prior to Friday's celebration.

GRAND MARSHALL

Word is that Marshall was just waiting for the Florida Gators to finish up before going hard after assistant Donnie Jones. This one is about as big of a no-brainer as it gets. Marshall grew up in West Virginia, got his master's from Marshall and was an assistant coach at the school for four years. Oh yeah, he's also got a pair of championship rings to his credit and was instrumental in the team's success.

WEST VIRGINIA

With John Beilein headed to Ann Arbor, now we'll see whether the Mountaineers bring Jeff Neubauer back to Morgantown.

Neubauer is at Eastern Kentucky, but was Beilein's top assistant before taking the job.

Kansas State coach Bob Huggins' name will be mentioned because of his West Virginia ties. Wake Forest's Skip Prosser could be in the mix — as could South Alabama's John Pelphrey and Winsthrop's Gregg Marshall.

ST. BONNIES

The Bonnies have been swatted a few times by the likes of Vermont's Mike Lonergan, Eastern Kentucky's Jeff Neubauer and Albany's Will Brown.

Names that are being tossed around are Robert Morris' Mark Schmidt, St. Francis coach Brian Nash, former Iona coach Jeff Ruland and ex-Fairfield head coach Tim O'Toole.

BUTLER

Butler athletic director Barry Collier won't take over for Todd Lickliter, according to a source close to the former Butler and Nebraska head coach.

Instead, it looks as though he's got his sights set on Ohio State assistant John Groce.

HARVARD

Mike Jarvis will interview this week and it appears to be a four-man race between the ex-St. John's head coach, former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker, former Ohio State coach Rick Boyages and Georgia Tech assistant coach John O'Connor.


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