Duquesne coach Ron Everhart to interview at Penn State
Penn State's basketball coaching search officially has reached Pittsburgh.
Duquesne coach Ron Everhart is scheduled to interview Tuesday for the Nittany Lions vacancy created when Ed DeChellis accepted the coaching position at Navy last week.
Penn State, with its Big Ten affiliation, would be a step up in pay and prestige for Everhart, who earned $482,412 in 2009 at Duquesne. DeChellis earned $806,903 that season.
Everhart declined comment today.
In a published report Monday in the Altoona Mirror, Everhart received an endorsement for the Penn State job from his high school coach at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, the legendary Morgan Wootten, who said he telephoned Penn State athletics director Tim Curley over the weekend to plug his former player.
"I think it would be one of the great marriages ever made, I really mean that," Wootten told the paper. "I can't say enough great things about Ron Everhart. I've had over 21 of my former players become Division I head coaches, and I would rank Ron Everhart right there with the very best of them, no question."
Everhart, 49, is 83-74 in five seasons at Duquesne, turning around a program that was 3-24 the year before his arrival. He also has coached at McNeese State, where he was 92-104 in seven seasons, and at Northeastern, where he was 82-68 in five seasons.
Earlier, Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown had been approached by Curley, but the two did not work out a deal. Brown, who resigned as coach of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats in midseason, last coached at the college level in 1988, leading Kansas to a national championship.
Also, East Carolina coach and Carlisle native Jeff Lebo and Drexel coach Bruiser Flint already had withdrawn their names from consideration.
Other candidates being mentioned are Boston University coach Pat Chambers, Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach and Pittsburgh native Rob Jeter, former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery, Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Arizona State assistant Scott Pera.
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