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.
SYRACUSE — Seton Hall is moving quickly to replace Bobby Gonzalez.
Pat Hobbs, Dean of the Seton Hall Law School, and Joe Quinlan, the school’s AD, interviewed Siena coach Fran McCaffery Tuesday night at an off-campus location and McCaffery, 50, remains the school’s No. 1 option, according to The Star-Ledger.
“There’s been no offer yet,” one source told the Ledger.
McCaffery (pictured courtesy Siena Athletics) reportedly said Tuesday on his weekly radio spot on WTMM-FM in Albany that he “will listen” if another school approached him.
WFAN reported Wednesday that McCaffery visited Seton Hall earlier that day but didn’t sign a contract. The station also said McCaffery hoped to speak with Georgia Tech, but Paul Hewitt is still the Yellow Jackets’ head coach. He met Tuesday with St. John’s AD Chris Monasch but has not yet taken the job.
At least one Division 1 assistant coach with knowledge of the situation doubted whether McCaffery would take the Seton Hall job for a variety of reasons.
“If you’re [McCaffery], for $150,000 more [than what you make at Siena] you’re taking over a mess,” the assistant said of the Seton Hall situation. “Georgia Tech and Seton Hall are recruiting jobs. And Georgia Tech’s an easier recruiting job because all the kids are right there are in Atlanta.”
Robert Morris coach Mike Rice also spoke with Seton Hall officials Wednesday, telling the Ledger he “has had conversations” with them.
Rice, a Fordham alum, is no longer in the mix for that job after the school announced Wednesday that Hofstra coach Tom Pecora would take the job.
Cornell coach Steve Donahue is also reportedly in the mix at Seton Hall, but he is here preparing his team to face Kentucky in an East Region semifinal Thursday night.
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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