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No hire, but I'll end the suspense ...

Just as quickly as I'd gotten a lead on a potential assistant coach for Stan Heath's staff, it turned out to be a dead end. Glad to see some guesswork on the comments as to that former USF basketball player who had met with Heath about joining his staff. You might not even remember the name, as he played sparingly in his three seasons with the Bulls, scoring a total of 40 points ...

His name is Chad Dollar, and he was a backup point guard on USF's NCAA and NIT teams in the early 1990s. He's been a college coach for 12 seasons, mostly midmajors like Murray State and Southern Miss and most recently joining Rod Barnes' new staff at Georgia State in his native Atlanta last month. Dollar's specialty is as a recruiting coordinator, a position Heath is still looking for since Oronde Taliaferro, his RC at Arkansas, is now at Oklahoma.

Dollar said he had multiple conversations with Heath and met with him in Tampa last week, but said Thursday that the two had agreed that the timing wasn't right for Dollar to return to USF. Dollar's happy to be at GSU and back in Atlanta, where his father Don was a longtime coach at Atlanta's Douglass High and one of the winningest prep coaches in Georgia history.

With both assistants and recruits, Heath has shown a lot of patience in not making any hurried decisions. He's been on campus more than a month now and still has two openings on his staff and as many as three scholarships available. What we're seeing is that there are interested parties, both in established coaches and available recruits, but Heath is taking his time on both ends.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:26am]


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