Penn St. AD hopes to hire coach soon

Updated: May 31, 2011, 7:40 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State athletic director Tim Curley says he hopes to get a new men's basketball coach "very soon."

Curley gave a statement Tuesday through a team spokesman to update fans on the search for a replacement for Ed DeChellis. He stepped down last week to take the same job at Navy.

Curley said the job has attracted strong interest from around the country, and that the school plans to move aggressively on the hire.

Spokesman Brian Siegrist didn't offer a specific timeline or potential candidates.

Multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Andy Katz on Monday that Duquesne coach Ron Everhart would be one of four candidates interviewed Tuesday. At least one source close to Everhart said the interview would take place in State College, Pa.

Boston University coach Pat Chambers and Milwaukee's Rob Jeter, a former Big Ten assistant at Wisconsin, have also been discussed by Penn State and could be on Tuesday's list, sources said.

Siegrist said Curley was out of the office all day Tuesday, but declined comment on the report.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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