Towson's Truax a finalist for SWC job
Towson State basketball coach Terry Truax is one of two finalists for the newly created position of Southwest Conference director of basketball operations, said members of an SWC advisory committee that is in the process of filling the job.
Assistant SWC information director Bob Gennarelli said last night: "The advisory committee has said that Terry Truax and John Erickson [former basketball coach at Wisconsin and the first general manager of the NBA Milwaukee Bucks] are the two finalists. I've heard their names mentioned, but our commissioner's [Fred Jacoby] policy has always been not to discuss candidates."
Gennarelli said the advisory committee confirmed that it had interviewed Truax for the position this week.
Truax was not at home last night and could not be reached for comment, but Towson State sports information director Pete Schlehr said: "I know coach Truax left town Tuesday and returned Thursday night. My knowledge is that he was going down south, but I don't know if he went to Dallas (SWC headquarters] for an interview. All I know is he was going south."
Schlehr said he was not aware of interest from Truax in the SWC post but said, "I'm sure he would discuss it with [athletic director] Bill Hunter."
In June, the SWC Council of Presidents established the job that is seen by the league as crucial for improving basketball operations. A year ago, when Texas and Texas A&M were considering leaving the SWC, they listed the improvement of basketball operations in the conference office in Dallas as one of five conditions for remaining in the league.
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