Leitao only coach to officially interview with Cavs

Updated: April 15, 2005, 2:35 PM ET
ESPN.com

DePaul coach Dave Leitao will be hired to replace Pete Gillen as men's basketball coach at Virginia, sources have told ESPN's Dick Vitale.

As of Thursday night, however, DePaul had not been told by Leitao that he had accepted the Virginia job, according to ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

Leitao was scheduled to meet with DePaul athletics director Jean Lenti-Ponsetto on Friday afternoon to inform him about a decision. Lenti-Ponsetto told DePaul's assistants to stay home Friday instead of going on the road recruiting while the school waits for Leitao to make up his mind.

Leitao flew to Charlottesville, Va., on Thursday morning for a formal interview with Virginia officials, Reed said earlier Thursday.

Leitao is the only coach to officially interview. He first met with athletics director Craig Littlepage on Friday at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va.

Leitao was hired by DePaul in April 2002. In 2003-04, he guided the Blue Demons to a share of the Conference USA regular-season title and their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1989. This past season, the Blue Demons played in the NIT, where they lost to Texas A&M in the second round.

Prior to DePaul, Leitao spent six seasons as an associate head coach under Jim Calhoun at Connecticut.

Sources at DePaul and those close to Leitao expect him to accept the job. Leitao has told friends that he could see himself coaching at Virginia. Still, throughout the week he has been in his DePaul office, conducting business on campus.

Littlepage has said throughout the process that it would take four to six weeks to replace Gillen.

Multiple sources said the Cavaliers tried to entice Kentucky's Tubby Smith, but to no avail.

If Leitao enters the Atlantic Coast Conference, he would avoid being in the same conference as his mentor, Calhoun. Next season, DePaul is joining the Big East, where UConn is the defending conference co-champion.

ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz contributed to this story.

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