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As the search for East
Carolina’s next basketball coach continues, athletics director Terry
Holland has been working his rolodex. He even used it to get in touch
Former Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight was contacted by
Holland to gauge his interest in the East Carolina opening.
Knight, who is currently a television analyst with ESPN, will not pursue
This occurred a week after Holland had conversations with current Kansas
assistant Joe Dooley about the position. Dooley, the ECU head coach from
1995-99, showed some initial interest in returning to Greenville but
eventually chose to stay at Kansas.
The Jayhawks are the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and are
seeking their second national title in three years.
One coach with a lengthy
track record interested in the ECU opening is former UNC-Charlotte
coach Bobby Lutz, who was fired by the school two days ago after a 19-12
record. Lutz, who had a 218-158 overall record at Charlotte, interviewed
with Holland on Tuesday according to several sources.
Also known to have interviewed for the job is current ECU assistant
Michael Perry, who just completed his third year on the Pirates’ staff.
Perry previously served five seasons as the head coach at Georgia State,
where he guided the Panthers to the Big Dance in 2001.
Georgia State upset Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Another possible, but unconfirmed candidate, is recently fired Auburn
coach Jeff Lebo. He has a 211-156 overall record and has indicated a
strong interest in the job according to sources.
Lebo is a former North Carolina guard.
He went on to become
head coach at Tennessee Tech and Tennessee-Chattanooga before taking
over at Auburn in 2004.