Monday, May 30, 2011
Sources: Penn St. set to interview four
By Andy Katz ESPN.com
Duquesne's Ron Everhart is one of four candidates that will interview for the vacant Penn State head coach opening on Tuesday, multiple sources confirmed Monday.
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.
Ed DeChellis abruptly left the program last week for the Naval Academy after he didn't receive a contract extension following an NCAA tournament appearance.
Penn State was an underwhelming 117-139 under DeChellis, and he went just 41-95 in Big Ten play. He did, however, win the league's coach of the year award in 2009, when the Nittany Lions won the NIT.
Last season, after a 9-9 mark in the Big Ten and a stirring run to the league's tournament final, the Nittany Lions lost to Temple 66-64 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Everhart, who has never made the NCAA tournament in 17 years as a head coach, has revitalized programs at Northeastern, McNeese State and Duquesne and according to sources, he would relish the chance to take over at Penn State.
In five years at Duquesne, Everhart, 49, has orchestrated four winning regular seasons, and has taken the Dukes to postseason play the last three years. He is 83-74 at Duquesne, and led the Dukes to the Atlantic-10 tournament final in 2009. Duquesne went 19-13 last season, and lost to Penn State, interestingly enough, 77-73 on Dec. 4 in State College.
Chambers, who has strong ties to the Philadelphia area after being an assistant at Villanova, led the Terriers to the NCAA tournament last March after winning the America East conference tournament. Chambers just finished his second season at BU.
Penn State is leaning on former South Carolina coach Eddie Fogler to direct its search, but the timing of the opening and the potential low salary make it harder for the school to lure a high-profile coach.
Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.