New Mexico St. coach Theus interviews with Kings

Updated: June 15, 2007, 4:50 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

New Mexico State's Reggie Theus was in Las Vegas Friday morning for a second interview with the Sacramento Kings.

Theus, who was scheduled to meet with team owners Gavin and Joe Maloof, told ESPN.com that he had no idea where he stood in the process, but said he expected it to be wrapped up soon.

The Kings were also expecting to meet with Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, according to multiple media reports.

Theus led the Aggies to the WAC tournament title and a first-round NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006-07. A former assistant to Rick Pitino at Louisville, Theus led the Aggies to a 41-23 record in two seasons and signed a lucrative extension to remain in Las Cruces earlier this year.

The Kings' head coaching position became available when Eric Musselman was fired. The Kings had reportedly offered the job to Stan Van Gundy, who had three interviews with the club but signed on with the Orlando Magic when Billy Donovan decided to return to Florida. Kings assistant Scott Brooks and Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis had also interviewed.

Theus, who also talked with the Charlotte Bobcats about their coaching vacancy before they hired Sam Vincent, played for the Kings when they were in Kansas City and had a long, productive NBA career. He has said he believes he would fit perfectly as an NBA coach.

But despite the NBA interviews, he continues to work on a big-time schedule for New Mexico State for next season. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Friday that the Aggies will play at Duke on Nov. 12 and at Louisville on Dec. 22.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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