TAMPA — Former USF backup Chad Dollar, dismissed from the basketball program nearly a quarter-century ago, has become the second coaching hire of the Brian Gregory era.
A veteran Division I assistant who spent last season at Auburn, Dollar, 45, joins former Robinson High coach (and veteran college assistant) Scott Wagers on the Bulls' staff. USF will be Dollar's 11th coaching stop in a career that also has included stints at Georgia Tech, Wichita State and LSU.
"I have obviously had a great working relationship with Chad during our five years together at Georgia Tech," said Gregory, who had Dollar on his Yellow Jackets staff his entire five-year tenure (2011-16). "He also brings an unbelievable passion for player development, game preparation and relationship building with student-athletes."
His younger brother Cameron is an assistant at the University of Washington and starred as player at UCLA in the mid 1990s.
EX-BIG TEN BOSS DUKE DIES: Wayne Duke, a force behind the expansion of the NCAA Tournament during his 18 years as Big Ten commissioner, has died. He was 88. The Big Ten announced his death after his family notified the conference on Wednesday. He had been living in Barrington, Ill., and been in declining health, his widow, Martha, said. After serving 11 years as assistant to Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA, Duke became commissioner of the Big Eight in 1963 at the age of 34.
LEAVING EARLY: Maryland guard Melo Trimble, a three-time All-Big Ten selection, is forgoing his senior year to enter the NBA draft and will sign with an agent.