Is Harvard courting Heath?
Former Arkansas coach Stan Heath, who talked with USF athletic director Doug Woolard on Thursday about the Bulls' vacancy, isn't saying what other programs are after him. But Friday's Boston Globe reports that Heath's name is surfacing as a possibility at Harvard, which is also considering former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker and former St. John's coach Mike Jarvis.
It's an interesting rival for USF -- Harvard is the nation's oldest and arguably most respected university, while USF is just now celebrating its 50th anniversary. USF offers a higher-profile basketball job because of its presence in the Big East. Sportsline.com's Gary Parrish wrote this week about the lack of diversity on Harvard's coaching staff, with zero African-Americans out of 32 paid coaches. Parrish makes the case that Jarvis' past at St. John's isn't the best match for the Crimson. Perhaps Amaker's background as a student and coach at Duke would put him ahead of Heath, having spent more than a decade at the school that perhaps combined Harvard's academic prestige with basketball success.
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