Report: Stallings interviews at Ohio State

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings visited the Ohio State campus Tuesday morning to discuss the Buckeye head coaching vacancy, a Columbus, Ohio television station reported Tuesday. WBNS-TV reported that Stallings conferred with search committee officials at Value City Arena Tuesday morning before flying back to Nashville.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings visited the Ohio State campus Tuesday morning to discuss the Buckeye head coaching vacancy, a Columbus, Ohio television station reported Tuesday. WBNS-TV reported that Stallings conferred with search committee officials at Value City Arena Tuesday morning before flying back to Nashville.

The on-campus meeting happened six days after Stallings had, according to a report by ESPN's Andy Katz, met in Nashville with a trio of officials from Ohio State. Stallings, Vanderbilt's coach for the last five seasons, has yet to acknowledge he is a candidate for the opening, although Vandy Vice Chancellor David Williams II confirmed to local papers last week that OSU had requested to speak with Stallings.

Stallings, 43, was one of at least two candidates to meet with OSU officials Tuesday in Columbus. Houston television station KRIV reported Tuesday that Rice coach Willis Wilson had flown to Columbus for an interview.

Stallings arrived at 8:30 a.m. at the Schottenstein Center and later met with Ohio State President Dr. Karen Holbrook, WBNS reported. Wilson reportedly arrived for his interview later in the day.

The Columbus Dispatch reported in its Wednesday edition that Xavier coach Thad Matta is to be interviewed Wednesday in Columbus, along with possibly a second candidate. Matta had earlier denied interest in the opening, and had no comment Tuesday about his interest when questioned by the media.

Stallings, Wilson, Penn coach Fran Dunphy, and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jim Cleamons are the four candidates thought to have interviewed last week with Ohio State Director of Athletics Andy Geiger. On Monday, Duke assistant Johnny Dawkins denied published reports that he is a candidate for the position.

Ohio State officials refused comment Tuesday on the school's search process. The school is seeking to fill the position of Jim O'Brien, who was fired June 8.

Stallings has a five-year record of 85-69 at Vanderbilt. He coached the Commodores to a 23-10 season in 2003-04 and an NCAA appearance, the school's first in seven years.

VandyMania will bring you further developments on the Ohio State coaching search as they become available.


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