Marshall reportedly interested in Florida assistant

Updated: April 3, 2007, 12:48 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Four juniors and two seniors might not be the only people two-time defending national champion Florida has to replace next season.

Gators associate head coach Donnie Jones, who has worked under Florida coach Billy Donovan for the last 13 seasons, is one of the top candidates to replace fired Ron Jirsa at Marshall, sources close to the hiring process said Tuesday. Jones, 40, worked as a graduate assistant at Marshall from 1990-92 and was a full-time assistant there from 1992-96.

Jones is expected to be interviewed this week. Marshall officials have interviewed no other candidates since Jirsa was fired last month.

"I think for the right job and the right situation, I'm ready," Jones said. "I've been with Billy for 13 years. I think this is the right situation for me. If not, I'm content where I'm at."

Jones moved into the role of associate head coach after former Gators assistant Anthony Grant was hired as Virginia Commonwealth's coach after the 2005-06 season.

Mark Schlabach covers college sports for ESPN.com.

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