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Report has Howland a candidate at UNLV

| Sunday, March 25, 2001

Pitt basketball coach Ben Howland's is said to be a candidate for the vacant coaching job at UNLV, according to a Las Vegas newspaper.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Saturday that Howland is part of a select group of individuals that UNLV is seeking for the job.

The others are reported to be former St. Louis coach Charlie Spoonhour, Purdue coach Gene Keady and former Tennessee coach Jerry Green.

Howland, who is in California on a recruiting trip, was unavailable for comment.

Howland just completed his second season at Pitt and led the Panthers to their first-ever Big East tournament championship game. Pitt finished 19-14 and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Howland, 43, is from the west coast - he grew up in Cerritos, Calif. - and was an assistant at UC-Santa Barbara from 1982-94 before taking over at Northern Arizona for the 1994-95 season.

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