Rice's Willis Wilson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons are the other coaches thought to have interviewed for the open position. Other candidates which have been repeatedly mentioned include Xavier's Thad Matta, Marquette's Tom Crean, Penn's Fran Dunphy and Rutgers' Gary Waters. Matta has publicly denied he is a candidate.
Katz's unnamed sources said an interviewing trio from Ohio State, which included athletic director Andy Geiger, "left Nashville without a timetable for when a coach or coaches would be brought to campus for final interviews with Ohio State president Dr. Karen A. Holbrook."
Katz's sources also said "Stallings and Wilson both felt positive about their interviews but weren't told they would be the next coach." In 1997 Geiger hired then-Boston College coach Jim O'Brien over Stallings, who was then the head coach at Illinois State.
Katz also quoted unnamed sources who said "Vanderbilt is proactively trying to sign Stallings to an extension. The Commodores were reactive to the Ohio State search, but have since been updating Stallings almost daily on the progress of the new deal."
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