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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Theus a candidate at Auburn, UCF

By Pat Forde

Former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus interviewed with Auburn Tuesday night about its coaching vacancy, a source told

Theus and University of North Texas coach Johnny Jones are considered prime candidates for the job, but are not the only names being bandied about. UTEP head coach Tony Barbee is also considered a very serious candidate.

Theus also is a possibility at Central Florida, as is former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried and others. Gottfried has had his name come up in connection to the jobs at Houston and Charlotte as well.

DePaul has also been mentioned as a potential landing place for Theus, but there has been a rotating array of names there. The biggest: UCLA's Ben Howland, rumored to be offered a whopping, multiyear deal.

Editor's note: Early Wednesday evening, Howland responded to with the following: "I am the coach at UCLA. I will never leave UCLA and will stay at UCLA as long as they will have me."