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Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Greenberg interviewed at Virginia Tech Wednesday

By Andy Katz

South Florida coach Seth Greenberg was in Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday night interviewing for the Virginia Tech job.

Greenberg has suddenly risen to frontrunner status after Rhode Island coach Jim Baron decided not to join the Hokies.

Greenberg knows Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver from when both were in the Big West -- Greenberg at Long Beach State and Weaver at UNLV.

Greenberg has flirted with job openings the past two seasons, interviewing a year ago at Oregon State. South Florida has been one of the toughest jobs to win at in Conference USA because of a lack of interest and the difficulty in recruiting against the likes of SEC and ACC schools in the state.

Virginia Tech is searching for a replacement for Ricky Stokes. The Hokies' job will be a challenge for the next coach as the Big East is going to one 14-team division next season. But Greenberg, who is from the Northeast, has never hidden his desire to coach in the Big East.

Meanwhile, Ben Howland was hired as UCLA's coach late Wednesday night making the Panthers' opening one of the most intriguing jobs out there.

The Panthers could be a top 20 team again next season and could draw interest from Pittsburgh-area coaches John Calipari of Memphis, N.C. State's Herb Sendek and Wake Forest's Skip Prosser. Manhattan's Bobby Gonzolez and Penn's Fran Dunphy could also be in the mix.

So, too, could Chattanooga's Jeff Lebo and Pittsburgh associate head coach Jamie Dixon. If former Bulls coach Tim Floyd doesn't go to Clemson, then he could also factor in this search.

Dunphy pulled out of the Penn State search before the Nittany Lions hired East Tennessee State's Ed DeChellis Wednesday.

Andy Katz is a senior writer at