Ford interviewing for open coaching job at Providence

Updated: April 9, 2008, 4:55 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

UMass coach Travis Ford, one day removed from issuing a statement that he wasn't interested in LSU, was on campus at Providence interviewing for the open job Wednesday, UMass confirmed.

Ford played for Rick Pitino at Kentucky. Pitino was a former Providence coach.

Ford led UMass to the NIT title game, losing to Ohio State. Ford wanted to make it clear that he wasn't going to LSU in the statement issued by the school, but it didn't say he was not going to look at other jobs.

"I would like to make clear that I do not want to be considered for the head job at LSU," he said. "There has been a lot of misinformation circulating about me and the job at LSU. I feel that it is necessary to state that I do not want to be considered for the job."

LSU, according to multiple reports, is set to hire Stanford's Trent Johnson.

Ford, who hasn't taken UMass to the NCAAs in his three seasons at the school, went 25-11 this past season. He has been to the NCAAs one time, in 2005 at Eastern Kentucky. Providence fired Tim Welsh for essentially not getting the Friars to the NCAA tournament enough. Welsh led the Friars to the dance in 2001 and '04.

UMass is expected to contend for the A-10 title next season despite the departure of league player of the year Gary Forbes. The Minutemen return guards Ricky Harris and Chris Lowe and forwards Luke Bonner and Tony Gaffney and add Wake Forest transfer Anthony Gurley.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.

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