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Jerome Tang to Remain as K-State Head Coach (Updated)

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UPDATE (8 p.m. CST Friday 4/5/24): After a day filled with rumors, reports and speculation, Jerome Tang has released a video on social media sharing his commitment to remain the head coach at Kansas State.

 

UPDATE (2:00 p.m. CST, Friday 4/5/24): According to Jon Rothstein, Chris Beard is no longer a candidate for the Arkansas job, which makes Kansas State’s Jerome Tang the primary target.

Kansas State head basketball coach Jerome Tang is reportedly a finalist for the Arkansas job after Eric Musselman left to take the job at USC.

Tang, who has spent the last two seasons with K-State, is viewed as one of the best young names in the industry and has had his name thrown around for several jobs since landing in Manhattan, but it appears that the smoke around his ties to the Arkansas gig could be legitimate.

According to Tim Everson of The Mercury, Tang is one of two finalists for the job, alongside Ole Miss head coach Chris Beard.

The Mercury also reports that Tang has either met with officials from Arkansas or will be meeting with them while attending the Final Four in Phoenix, Arizona.

In September, Tang signed a new seven-year, $23.1 million extension which would make his buyout $6 million if he were to leave before the end of this month.

 

After leading the Wildcats to the Elite Eight in his first season at the helm, Tang’s Wildcats took a step back in 2023-24. After missing the NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats lost in the opening round of the NIT to Iowa.

If he were to leave K-State, it would leave the Wildcats in quite a precarious spot as they lost five players from last year’s team and could be in danger of losing new portal addition Dug McDaniel.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more details are released.

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