BTW, sources tell me Reggie Witherspoon has interest in the opening at Bowling Green— Bob DiCesare (@tbndicesare) March 13, 2014
And with that tweet it seems Reggie Witherspoon is ready to reenter the coaching world.
Why so long? Well coach Witherspoon was in no rush to jump back in because despite being fired after last season he is still on UB's payroll for another year.
When Witherspoon was offered the AD position at ECC he reportedly ended up turning it down when UB informed him that such a position would constitute "gainful employment" as defined by his contract. In effect the job at ECC would mean that Witherspoon would stop getting checks from Buffalo.
While Witherspoon has been collecting checks from UB has has also been doing some game coverage for ESPN. With his UB contract coming closer to it's end we may once again see Reggie Ball MAC.
Witherspoon coached at Buffalo for 13 Seasons racking up 184 Wins against 208 Losses. He took over a team reeling from sanctions and poor performance and turned it into a team which regularly challenged for the MAC title.
His last five seasons saw win totals of 21, 20, 20, 18, and 14. During that span his Bulls went to three post season tournaments, twice the CIT and once the CBI.
Unfortunately for Witherspon he was never able to achieve that title and he never got UB to the dance.
The closest UB came was 2004-2005. UB was up big on Ohio in the second half of the MAC title game but the Bulls collapsed allowing Ohio to win on a last second tip-in.
That season UB was not included as an at large in what many people considered a big snub. The Bulls went on to the NIT, Witherspoon's only other post season appearance.
His teams always showed dignity and class and under his leadership the Bulls teams were never home to scandal or shame. He was also quite popular in MAC circles with many coaches astonished that he was let go at the end of last season.
A return to the MAC might make sense for Witherspoon. His improvements at Buffalo came on a shoe string budget and may MAC Athletic directors know that. He seems to want Bowling Green we will have to see if the Falcon's want Witherspoon.