Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
One day after saying he had no timetable to hire a new basketball coach, new Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst met Thursday with Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter, sources told SNY.tv.
The meeting likely took place in Wisconsin, not Miami, as my source originally indicated.
Jeter, 41, said Tuesday he had not been contacted about the job and had no comment.
But Jeter worked under Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan for 10 of his 11 years as an assistant coach, and Eichorst came to Miami from Wisconsin.
The reigning Horizon League Coach of the Year, Jeter is 101-88 in six seasons at Milwaukee, and 61-43 in the league. His club went 19-14, 13-5 this season, finishing ahead of eventual national runner-up Butler.
Other names linked to the job are Mike Davis (Alabama-Birmingham), Tony Barbee (Auburn), Donnie Jones (Central Florida) and Billy Kennedy (Murray State).
Miami offered Harvard coach Tommy Amaker a five-year package believed to average $1.1 million, but he turned it down.
“From this point forward, I will take complete charge of the search and will exhaust all means to find a coach who stands for the great values of this institution, is a fundamentally sound teacher of the game and will positively lead our players with a tremendous amount of passion, integrity and dedication,” Eichorst told reporters after he was hired.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.