Vince Taylor is Runner-Up in Hilltopper Job

Minnesota assistant Vince Taylor finished runner-up as Ken McDonald, an assistant at Texas since 2004, was named head coach at Western Kentucky. McDonald had been an assistant at Western Kentucky under Dennis Felton from 1998-2003. The Hilltoppers went to three straight NCAA tournaments and were 100-54 during McDonald's five seasons with the program.

Ken McDonald had been an assistant under current Texas head coach Rick Barnes at Clemson for four years prior to going to Western Kentucky in 1998.

Western Kentucky President Dr. Gary A. Ransdell served four years as Vice President for Administration and Advancement and seven years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Clemson when Barnes was the Tigers' head coach.

Previous Western Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn led the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16, beating Drake 101-99 in in overtime. They beat 13th seed San Diego in the second round before losing to UCLA in the Sweet 16.

The Hilltoppers, who finished 29-7 overall and 16-2 in the Sun Belt Conference, lose their top three players in seniors Courtney Lee, Tyrone Brazelton and Ty Rogers.

Western Kentucky also interviewed Florida assistant coach Larry Shyatt and Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor for the position over the weekend.

Taylor helped the Gophers land its top recruiting class in a decade, signing five players in the early signing period and advancing to the N.I.T.

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