Read more about the NU coaching search in Dirk's Brunch Bites.
Lee Barfknecht comments on the coaching search word play here.
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Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said Wednesday morning that no one has been offered the Husker men's basketball coaching job yet.
Osborne, who eight days ago said he would make no public comment on the search to replace Doc Sadler, issued this statement:
“Our head men's basketball position has not been offered to any individual at this point and will not be offered until we have fully completed the process. A job offer would not be extended without athletic department officials first having an opportunity to meet in person with that candidate.''
Three sources Tuesday told The World-Herald that Wichita State's Gregg Marshall was offered the NU job, likely at an annual salary of at least $2 million.
Two of those sources said Marshall has turned it down, while the third said Marshall wasn't showing any interest. Two of those sources have direct access to Marshall, who didn't return messages left by The World-Herald.
Left unclear in Osborne's statement is the university's definition of “job offer.''
Schools looking for coaches often ask potential candidates what consideration they might give a certain term of years at a certain salary. Candidates see that as an offer. Employers can claim it wasn't.
Two other sources said that Nebraska reached out through a third party to Gonzaga's Mark Few and Colorado's Tad Boyle to gauge interest, but neither wanted to be involved.
Interviews on Tuesday with three coaches who are still in the NCAA tournament or have direct ties to such teams said the coaching grapevine is in virtual agreement in the following thoughts on VCU's Shaka Smart and Ohio's John Groce:
Both are expected to stay at their schools if they don't find jobs they want at higher-profile basketball schools than Nebraska.
Last week, sources confirmed that UCLA's Ben Howland had talks with Nebraska but backed away.
Also apparently out of contention is former UNLV star, NBA player and college and NBA coach Reggie Theus.
A coaching friend of Theus said Tuesday night that a high-ranking Nebraska official responded to notes seeking entry into the search that Theus “wouldn't be a candidate at this point.''
Nebraska has interviewed Oral Roberts' Scott Sutton, and may have directly discussed the job with Colorado State's Tim Miles and Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Rob Jeter.
Wednesday was the 12th day since Nebraska fired Sadler.
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