UTEP could have new coach by Sunday, sources say

Updated: August 12, 2006, 12:30 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

UTEP athletic director Bob Stull interviewed a flurry of candidates Friday in Dallas and is expected to meet with one more Saturday before possibly choosing a new men's basketball coach Sunday afternoon, multiple sources told ESPN.com Friday night.

Sources said Stull met with Texas A&M assistant Alvin Brooks, who works for former UTEP head coach Billy Gillispie at A&M, and Sam Houston State head coach Bob Marlin. There were conflicting reports whether Kansas assistant Tim Jankovich, Texas assistant Rodney Terry and LSU assistant Butch Pierre also interviewed Friday.

Sources also confirmed that Memphis assistant Tony Barbee is expected to meet with Stull on Saturday. Former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who is being paid by the school for two more years, has reportedly said he will meet with Stull on Sunday.

Stull met with UTEP assistants Tony Benford and Randall Dickey individually about the job on Thursday in El Paso.

All of the candidates were told, according to sources, that they would know on Sunday if they were selected. Stull told ESPN.com Wednesday that he wanted to make this hire quickly with school starting in less than two weeks.

Stull is searching for a replacement for Doc Sadler, Gillispie's former UTEP assistant, who left last week to be the head coach at Nebraska. Gillispie and Sadler each served two seasons as head coach and both took the Miners to the NCAA Tournament in one of the two seasons.

UTEP is considered one of the top jobs in Conference USA with its strong fan base, rich history and proximity to players in the state of Texas. UTEP also is building a new practice facility, which should make it an even more attractive job.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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