USF's Cox emerging as potential candidate at Wyoming
With the University of Wyoming firing basketball coach Heath Schroyer Monday, USF assistant Jeremy Cox has surfaced as one of the early candidates the school may focus on during their national search. Wyoming assistant Fred Langley has taken over as interim coach for the remainder of the season, and Cox said Tuesday he hadn't been contacted yet, but "there's no question" he would be interested.
Cox started his coaching career at Wymoming as a graduate assistant in 1991-92, and his wife, Cindy, went to school there.
"I'm from the Rocky Mountains, my wife graduated from Wyoming, I can tell you probably everything there is to know about the history of Wyoming basketball," Cox said. "It's a special place for me and my family. But at the same time, I hope whoever is there gets that thing really rolling like I remember it happening."
Other rumored candidates that have been reported include BYU assistant Dave Rice; North Texas coach Johnny Jones, Florida assistant Larry Shyatt; St. John's assistant Mike Dunlap and Missouri State coach Cuonzo Martin, among others.
Wyoming AD Tom Burman made his first public comments Tuesday, and indicated the Cowboys are in a position to make a significantly higher offer than it did to Schroyer (who reportedly made $160,000 base salary). It appears they likely won't make their hire until after this season, with potential candidates coaching other colleges currently.
"We want to take a hard look at seasoned Division I head coaches, highly successful assistant coaches at high-level programs [and] we will look at coaches who are not coaching today," Burman told the Casper Star Tribune.
Cox would certainly fit that bill, with extensive experience as an assistant, including at Kentucky before joining USF. So is there a chance Cox could end his coaching career where he started?
"You never know," Cox said. "It doesn't happen very often."
-- JOE SMITH