Sources: Bryce Drew draws interest

Updated: March 28, 2012, 2:10 AM ET
By Jason King | ESPN.com

Mississippi State has interviewed Valparaiso's Bryce Drew about its vacant head-coaching position, sources told ESPN.com.

Drew met with Bulldogs officials in Atlanta on Monday, sources said. An offer had not been made as of Tuesday evening, and sources said it was unclear whether Drew would accept the job if given the opportunity.

Sources also said Drew backed out of a scheduled interview with Tulsa on Tuesday and that he's not interested in coaching the Golden Hurricanes, who also are considering candidates such as Kansas assistant Danny Manning, Central Oklahoma coach Terry Evans and Mercer coach Bob Hoffman.

Drew, 37, went 22-12 this season and won the Horizon League title in his first year as Valparaiso's head coach. He spent the previous six seasons at his alma mater as an assistant under his father, Homer, who retired in May 2011.

Along with Bryce Drew, reports have indicated Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne is among the top candidates to replace longtime coach Rick Stansbury at Mississippi State. The school interviewed Murray State's Steve Prohm last week. Murray State announced Monday that Prohm had signed a one-year contract extension and been given a pay raise. Bulldogs officials also have spoken with Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter, who is not expected to get the job.

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