Penn State hires Eddie Fogler to advise

Updated: May 26, 2011, 10:30 PM ET
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State is getting advice from former Vanderbilt and South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler on the search for Ed DeChellis' replacement.

DeChellis resigned this week after eight seasons as Penn State's coach to take the same job at Navy.

Team spokesman Brian Siegrist said Wednesday that Fogler was hired to assist athletic director Tim Curley. Fogler has also helped with past coaching searches at Georgia Tech and Auburn.

Penn State considered East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo, who is from Carlisle, Pa., sources said, but Lebo said Friday that he will remain with the Pirates.

"My family and I are very happy at East Carolina and I am committed to continuing to build the basketball program here," Lebo said in a statement from East Carolina. "We made great strides this past season and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season."

ECU finished its first season under Lebo with an 18-16 record, its first winning campaign in 14 years. Lebo also guided the Pirates to their first postseason appearance since 1993.

Duquesne coach Ron Everhart would also listen seriously to Penn State, according to a source. Everhart has taken over a number of programs, notably Northeastern and Duquesne, and turned them into winners.

Former Utah coach Jim Boylen has also been mentioned, according to sources, as a possibility.

Drexel's Bruiser Flint is getting third-party calls but hasn't heard from Penn State officials, according to a source. Wiconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter remains a possibility, as well.

But sources expect Lebo to be atop the list based on his connections to the area, his reputation as above reproach and the ties to Fogler.

Arizona State coach Herb Sendek, who has ties to the area, reiterated Wednesday that he's staying put with the Sun Devils and isn't a candidate.

Curley said this week that DeChellis' resignation caught him by surprise, coming two months after the Nittany Lions secured their first NCAA tournament bid in a decade. He also said there is no timetable for a hire, though he hopes to move quickly.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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