On Day One of Kansas State’s search for a new basketball coach we examined a few of the known candidates for the job.
Today, we do the opposite. Here is a look at everyone we know who is out of the running or wasn’t interested from the beginning:
The Georgia coach is a Kansas native and worked for the Wildcats as an assistant from 1994-2000. He was also highly successful as the head coach at Nevada and has taken his teams to four NCAA Tournaments. That track record combined with his connections to K-State had some thinking he would make a push to come back to Manhattan. But it doesn’t seem like he is interested. He sent out a tweet yesterday to reassure Georgia fans that he will remain with the Bulldogs.
I don’t know that anyone was tossing his name around for the job, but Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel reports he is not a candidate. Sampson was a successful coach at Oklahoma and then Indiana before a string of NCAA recruiting violations forced him out of the college game and into the NBA. Sampson is a respected assistant with the Houston Rockets, and has been mentioned as a potential head coach in the NBA. But he remains under the NCAA’s dreaded show-cause penalty through 2013. Don’t expect any college to seriously look at him until after that expires.