Source: Montana's head coach to interview for job at Towson

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College Basketball

May 01, 2004|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

The list of candidates left in the search for the next men's basketball coach at Towson University includes at least one Division I head coach and three associate head coaches at other Division I programs, including the reigning national champs.

Montana coach Pat Kennedy is expected to be interviewed in Baltimore tomorrow, according to a source close to the process. Others who have been interviewed or will be interviewed include North Carolina State assistant Larry Hunter, Clemson assistant Ron Bradley and Connecticut assistant George Blaney. A decision is expected early next week.

Kennedy, who just finished his second year at Montana, coached previously at DePaul, Florida State and Iona. He has led his teams to eight NCAA tournament bids and five NIT appearances in 24 seasons.

Hunter spent 12 years as head coach at Ohio University, where he compiled a 204-148 record, taking the Bobcats to the NCAA tournament in 1994. He also coached at Division III Wittenberg University for 13 years and won a national championship in his first year there.

Bradley, a former assistant at Maryland and James Madison, was the head coach at Radford for 11 years, and led the school to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 1998.

Reached in his office yesterday, Kennedy confirmed he had been contacted by Towson and that he was a candidate, but he declined to comment further. Neither Bradley nor Hunter could be reached for comment. Blaney was on a golfing trip in Scotland.

The job has been open since April 14, when Michael Hunt resigned after coaching the Tigers to a 23-63 mark in three years.

Collins is Loyola-bound

Ex-Maryland guard Andre Collins has made an oral commitment to play basketball at Loyola College for new head coach Jimmy Patsos, the ex-Terps assistant under Gary Williams.

"When I found out he took the job, that clinched it," said Collins yesterday. "Instead of getting used to another coach, I want to go with someone I knew."

Collins withdrew from Maryland after the first semester of his sophomore year and will have to sit out a year under transfer rules. He will be eligible to play for the Greyhounds in the 2005-06 season. Collins said he will petition the NCAA to recover the half year he missed.

Sun staff writer Kent Baker contributed to this article.

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