Source on Mike D'Antoni to Marshall: 'There is mutual interest'

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Is the water better for Mike D'Antoni at his alma mater? (USATSI)
Is the water better for Mike D'Antoni at his alma mater? (USATSI)

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Marshall has reached out to Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni about its head coaching vacancy, a source close to D'Antoni confirmed to CBSSports.com on Thursday night.

ESPN.com first reported the interest from Marshall.

But D'Antoni is interested, too, a source said.

"I would think his days are numbered based on Kobe saying he had no interest in playing for him next year," a source told CBSSports.com. "If he isn't with the Lakers, I believe he will be at Marshall because there is mutual interest."

The source added that Marshall has donors willing to pony up money in an attempt to woo D'Antoni.

D'Antoni has been the head coach of the Lakers since the early part of the 2012-13 season, but injuries and chemistry issues have married his time in Los Angeles. He has also been the head coach for the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.

D'Antoni was asked about the situation following the Lakers' loss to the Bucks Thursday night, presuming to laugh off the questions but also not issuing a flat denial.

"I hear from them all the time," D'Antoni said of his alma mater. "I'm the head of their capital [fundraising] campaign. I'm close friends to them. Whatever they need, I try to do. But ... who knows."

D'Antoni is a West Virginia native and played at Marshall from 1970-73.

The Thundering Herd parted ways with head coach Tom Herrion earlier this month after four seasons. The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 1987.

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