Doherty hasn't coached since 2002-03 season

Updated: April 17, 2005, 5:31 PM ET
Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Former North Carolina coach Matt Doherty interviewed for the vacant position at Florida Atlantic and appears to be the front-runner of the school's five finalists.

Doherty toured the campus and met with athletic director Craig Angelos and school president Frank Brogan on Wednesday. It isn't known when the school expects to announce a new coach.

Doherty, 43, succeeded Bill Guthridge at North Carolina in 2000, but he lasted just three seasons, going 53-43 before resigning after the 2002-03 season.

He had previously served as head coach at Notre Dame for one season (22-15), and was an assistant for seven seasons at Kansas under current North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

Those previously interviewed by Florida Atlantic were former Brigham Young coach Roger Reid, Georgia Southern's Jeff Price and Norfolk State's Dwight Freeman. Former Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson had been slated to interview before he accepted the head job at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

Florida Atlantic is trying to replace Sidney Green, who was fired last month after his third straight losing season.

Angelos said he and Brogan, both of whom are on the search committee, will meet to discuss the candidates.

"Everything will be put into the pot, mixed around, and contemplated," Angelos said.

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