Don’t expect any news on Oregon State’s search for a new men’s basketball coach until late next week.
OSU posted the job opening this past Wednesday and by state law is required to have it open for a week.
“We want to act quickly but we want to make the right choice. So fast but deliberate,” OSU athletic director Bob De Carolis said Monday when asked about his timeline for the process.
Former UCLA coach Ben Howland, who led the Bruins to three straight Final Four appearances (2006-08), is believed to be the frontrunner to replace Craig Robinson, who was let go last week after six seasons.
Howland, who was born in Lebanon, was reported to have talked with OSU higher-ups earlier this week.
Howland did not coach this past season after he was fired at UCLA in 2013. He was in consideration for jobs at Marquette, Missouri and Tennessee.
Under the Rooney Rule, first adopted by the NFL, the state’s public universities are required to interview at least one minority candidate.
Former Portland Trail Blazers Terry Porter and Damon Stoudamire have apparently shown interest in the OSU position.
Porter has NBA head coaching experience and Stoudamire is currently an assistant under Sean Miller at the University of Arizona.
Lionel Hollins, another former Blazer and past NBA head coach, reportedly contacted Oregon State regarding the job.
Other names linked to the position include past NBA and collegiate assistant Eric Musselman and David Grace, who spent five seasons under Robinson before taking an assistant position last offseason.
Current and former Oregon State players have shown their support for Grace since Monday’s announcement of Robinson’s firing.
The earliest OSU could be expected to name a new coach would be next Thursday. The closing date on the online job application, found on the OSU web site is May 16.
The application lists among the minimum requirements: “Successful NCAA Division I coaching experience in Men’s Basketball OR Championship coaching experience in Division II or III Men’s Basketball.”
All of the candidates being mentioned — minus Grace — would bring name recognition to the program and attract attention.
De Carolis was asked Monday if he hopes to make a “big splash” with this hire.
“I think any time when you are making a hire the goal is twofold. You want to hire a great coach who can win and do it the right way and you want to win the press conference,” he said.
“So that ultimately will be what you try to do. But the first thing is get the coach that can win and do it the right way. And if you win the press conference, great.”