Richmond to try Princeton offense

Originally Published: May 4, 2005
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Richmond's coaching search has taken a swift turn – all the way out to Colorado Springs.

Air Force coach Chris Mooney will be introduced as the new coach of the Spiders on Friday, multiple sources have told ESPN.com.

Richmond athletic director Jim Miller met with Mooney, as well as North Carolina assistant Steve Robinson, in his search to replace Jerry Wainwright, who went to DePaul.

Mooney's success running the Princeton offense drew Richmond's interest.

Mooney took over for Joe Scott at Air Force after assisting his fellow Princeton alumnus in resurrecting the program. The Falcons went to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 under Scott and Mooney after winning the Mountain West Conference.

Mooney coached the Falcons to an 18-12 record, 9-5 for third place in the Mountain West, in his only season as head coach after Scott left to coach Princeton.

Richmond is going for a unique look, similar to the John Beilein era at the school. The hope is that the Princeton-style offense would improve recruiting and help the Spiders be tougher in the Atlantic 10.

Georgetown, NC State and West Virginia have been able to use versions of the offense with better athletes.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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