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Friday, July 20, 2012
Late start doesn't deter Dan Muller at ISU

By Andy Katz

Tim Jankovich agonized over his decision to become Larry Brown's coach-in-waiting at SMU.

It took so long that it could have put Illinois State's 2012-13 season, which could end with an NCAA tournament bid, in jeopardy.

But the Redbirds saved face by finding an alumnus who was ready to become a head coach in Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller.

Muller's first head coaching job, at his alma mater no less, has eased plenty of angst.

But his May 8 start date has been a challenge.

Here are five key issues he has had to deal with.