Posted on: March 22, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:07 pm
The East Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to approve late Monday the hiring of former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo as the school's next basketball coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
A formal introduction could come Tuesday.
Auburn fired Lebo earlier this month after six seasons at the school.
This development fills one opening in Conference USA, but two remain. Houston coach Tom Penders has been forced into resignation after six seasons despite taking the Cougars to the 2010 NCAA tournament. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a possibility to replace him. Meantime, UCF is conducting a search to find a replacement for Kirk Speraw, who was fired last week. Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson has emerged as a serious candidate at UCF at least partly because of his relationship with Michael Jordan. One of Jordan's sons, Marcus Jordan, plays for UCF. Also worth noting is that the school just signed an apparel deal with Nike.
Posted on: March 12, 2010 4:23 pm
Auburn will fire Jeff Lebo after six seasons, The Birmingham News reported Friday.
The paper cited "people familiar with the decision-making process."
This development doesn't come as a suprise considering Lebo had a career record of 35-61 in SEC games. Plus, the Tigers are moving into a new $90-million arena next season, and officials want a coach with a clean slate to open the building the same way Oregon wants a new coach to open its new building.
Lebo's buyout is reportedly $1.5 million.