Update On Penn State Coaching Search

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State athletic director Tim Curley says he hopes to get a new men's basketball coach "very soon."

Curley gave a statement Tuesday through a team spokesman to update fans on the search for a replacement for Ed DeChellis. He stepped down last week to take the same job at Navy.

Curley said the job has attracted strong interest from around the country, and that the school plans to move aggressively on the hire.

Spokesman Brian Siegrist didn't offer a specific timeline or potential candidates.

A person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Monday that Duquesne coach Ron Everhart would be interviewed Tuesday at an undisclosed location.

Siegrist said Curley was out of the office all day Tuesday, but declined comment on the report.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. --- Despite speculation from various national media reports, East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo confirmed Thursday that he hasn’t been contacted about coaching vacancies at any other institutions.

“My family and I are very happy at East Carolina and I am committed to continuing to build the basketball program here,” Lebo reiterated.

“We made great strides this past season and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season” he added, to bring closure to the situation.

ECU finished its first season under Lebo with an 18-16 record, its first winning campaign in 14 years. Lebo also guided the Pirates to their first post-season appearance since 1993.

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ESPN is reporting that ECU head basketball coach Jeff Lebo is high on Penn State's list of candidates to fill their vacancy. Lebo is expected to release a statement through ECU's sports information department sometime this afternoon.

WITN will post that comment as soon as it becomes available.

The original ESPN report states that ECU head coach Jeff Lebo is high on Penn State's list of candidates. Lebo is a Pennsylvania native and was also recruited to play at the University of North Carolina by Eddie Fogler when he was an assistant to coach Dean Smith.

Lebo led East Carolina to it's first winning season in 14 years and into the post season play for the first time since 1993.

We'll keep you updated on this developing story.

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