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Former USF target Keith Dambrot headed to Duquesne

Veteran Akron coach Keith Dambrot has said in published reports he turned down the USF job. Dambrot reportedly has since been hired at Duquesne.
Veteran Akron coach Keith Dambrot has said in published reports he turned down the USF job. Dambrot reportedly has since been hired at Duquesne.
Published Mar. 28, 2017

During college basketball's crazy season, when coaching transactions occur at a dizzying rate, some hires can knock fans over with a feather.

Or slap them in the face, as some Bulls partisans learned Monday night.

Veteran Akron coach Keith Dambrot, who reportedly turned down an offer to become USF's coach, has accepted a seven-year contract to coach Atlantic 10 doormat Duquesne.

On the surface, the decision -- spurning an American Athletic Conference program for an A-10 cellar dweller -- seems peculiar. But consider the fact Dambrot's father played at Duquesne. Also consider the reported terms of Dambrot's deal.

Seven years, $7 million. Guaranteed.

That's slightly more lucrative than the contract signed by new Bulls coach Brian Gregory, who inked a six-year, $6.58 million deal on March 13. And while Gregory has one of the most daunting rebuilding tasks before him, Dambrot's not exactly walking into a hoops mecca.

Duquesne hasn't reached the NCAA Tournament since 1977, and hasn't had a winning season in five years.