Vacant South Carolina coaching job is attracting attention

May 17, 1991|By Knight-Ridder

College of Charleston coach John Kresse would be interested in coaching basketball at South Carolina. Georgia Tech's Bobby Cremins wouldn't. NBA assistant Brian Winters isn't sure. And Furman coach Butch Estes isn't talking.

As the search for a replacement for fired South Carolina coach George Felton gears up, coaches throughout the land are being asked if they're interested.

Some are applying. Coastal Carolina coach Russ Bergman says he plans to, and Siena coach Mike Deane applied Wednesday.

Kresse hasn't applied, but he's definitely interested. He first built an NAIA powerhouse at the College of Charleston, and now is leading the school into the NCAA's Division I.

"There's been no contact with me from South Carolina about the position," Kresse said yesterday. "And I am extremely happy here. However, if there is interest shown by South Carolina, I would be open to all possibilities in the interest of myself and my family."

Cremins is not interested. He is a South Carolina graduate, and his name has been mentioned often in connection with the vacancy. But he is also one of Felton's closest friends.

"I love South Carolina, and I'd always be interested in talking to South Carolina at the right time because it's my alma mater," Cremins said. "But I think they're smart enough not to contact me because of my relationship with George."

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