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Scott Drew and Bill Self Listed as ‘Big Fish’ Prizes for LSU Job

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

A writer listed Baylor coach Scott Drew and Kansas coach Bill Self as ‘big fish’ candidates for the opening at LSU after the firing of Will Wade.

Both Drew and Self have led their respective programs to No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, which starts on Thursday. Both the Bears and the Jayhawks will play their first- and second-round games in Fort Worth, Texas, at Dickies Arena.

The piece lists a host of candidates for the job and divides them into two — big fish and other potential options.


Among those other potential options was Drew’s lead assistant, Jerome Tang.

The logic for Drew is that he rebuilt the Bears and turned them into national champions last season. That’s the logic for Drew being connected to many jobs that are open right now. In fact, writers threw cold water on Drew’s ‘interest’ in the Georgia job earlier this week.

As for Self, the writer noted that ‘Kansas is in the middle of its own ongoing case with the NCAA and Self may be facing punishment as well after being leveled with a responsibility charge.’

That investigation has been going on for three years, and Wade was fired due to a similar investigation at LSU. Despite his firing, LSU made the NCAA Tournament and will face Iowa State in the first round.

The Tang mention is much more intriguing. Tang has been Drew’s bench coach since Day 1 in Waco. Tang has been mentioned for head-coaching jobs before, but he has roots in Waco, thanks to his days as a high school coach.

Other coaches mentioned as potential candidates were Texas A&M’s Buzz Williams, Illinois’ Brad Underwood, and Mike White, who just left Florida to take the job at Georgia.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.


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