Successors to Stan: Some possible targets for USF job
Now that USF has renewed its search for a men's basketball coach following revelations of resume falsifying by Manhattan's Steve Masiello, we've updated our list of potential candidates:
Bob Hoffman (Mercer coach)
Could this 56-year-old Oklahoma native be the latest coach to use an upset of a high-seeded heavyweight as a springboard to a higher-paying gig? Hoffman, whose 14th-seeded team shocked Duke in Friday's NCAA Tournament second round, told the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph he interviewed with USF on Monday.
Orlando Antigua (Kentucky assistant)
Quite possibly your front-runner now. We hear those involved in this search would be very pleased to wind up with Antigua, the behind-the-scenes catalyst of the Wildcats' astounding recent run of recruiting success. A Pitt and Harlem Globetrotters alumnus, Antigua was named by ESPN.com as the nation's top assistant under age 40 a couple of years back. Check out his Wikipedia page; his backstory's pretty astounding.
Shaka Smart (Virginia Commonwealth coach)
The home-run hire, but we're not sure if the Bulls will even take a swing at Smart.
Ben Howland (former Pitt, UCLA coach)
Howland worked with new Bulls AD Mark Harlan at UCLA, where he led Bruins to three Final Fours, but is being linked to higher-profile gigs. His current relationship to Harlan also is uncertain; Harlan oversaw Bruins hoops when UCLA dismissed Howland.
Michael White (Louisiana Tech coach)
Born in Dunedin but reared all over the South, White has amassed a 74-30 record and three consecutive NIT trips in three seasons with the Bulldogs. A four-year starting guard at Ole Miss in the late 90s, he led the Rebels to three consecutive NCAA tourneys. If the Bulls decide they want White, they'd better hurry.
Craig Neal (New Mexico coach)
In his first year as Lobos coach, Neal led UNM to a 27-7 record and NCAA berth. A former all-ACC guard at Georgia Tech in the 80s, "Noodles" (as he is universally known) would be endorsed by UCLA coach (and Harlan friend) Steve Alford
Jeff Neubauer (Eastern Kentucky coach)
A John Beilein disciple and Gainesville native, Neubauer has led EKU to four 20-win seasons and a berth in this year's NCAA tourney, where it fell to Kansas in the second round.
John Pelphrey (Florida assistant)
As a head coach, Billy Donovan's veteran right-hand man led South Alabama, Arkansas to NCAAs. The Gators face UCLA in their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance Thursday night
Donnie Tyndall (Southern Miss coach)
Affordable and respected, Tyndall has done wonders in Hattiesburg (56 wins in two seasons) and, before that, at Morehead State (two NCAA berths). But his current boss is Bill McGillis, Doug Woolard's former right-hand man at USF. Could McGillis, whose football team already is abysmal, also afford to let Tyndall slip away to USF?