"Bobby Hurley is the leading candidate at DePaul" tweets are still falling every hour on Twitter despite the fact that DePaul decided to hire a retread coach from the last decade. So in the hopes of keeping Bull Run readers up to speed on "Hurley Watch" I've combed through the open positions and picked out the ones I was worried about.
Out: Rick Barnes - Hurley was a hot name and more than a few people whispered that Texas should or was considering Hurley. But it seems that the Longhorns have focused on Shaka Smart. Smart has taken VCU to the dace for the past five years of his six year stint at Virginia Commonwealth.
Out: Donnie Tyndall - Vol Nation was huge on Twitter and fan sites clamoring for Hurley. But those cries have died down and ironically the mess at Texas may have taken this job off the worry list as well.
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Basically unless there is some kind of major smoke screen going on or there is a last-minutes falling out, Barnes is likely to be the new head coach in Knoxville. What would Big Orange be getting with him?
The Vols are close to hiring Rick Barnes.
Out: Herb Sendek - This is the most "real" worry we have at this point. What we do know is that Arizona State and Bobby Hurley "talked" about the position but what we don't know was the nature of the conversation. Other names thrown around were Barnes (yes that Barnes) and Jeff Capel, who Duke Pedigree and Big12 Coaching experience.
Out: Anthony Grant - I was slightly worried about this one but it seems like Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall is the leading man for the tide.
More and more it's looking like Hurley is here next year. Not too many of the dominoes falling look to open up another attractive job. You could make a case for Wichita but rumor is that Chris Jans of Bowling Green, a former assistant for the Shockers is first on their list.