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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  • by tarheel on May 28, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    so he stays,ECU going to be what. people wake up.
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      by Huh? on May 28, 2011 at 03:41 PM in reply to tarheel
      Could someone please translate Walheel into English for me, please.
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      by TarHeel on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:25 PM in reply to tarheel
      As the origianl "TarHeel" I just need to say This isn't my comment. I hope Lebo stays. Makes BB interesting in Greenville.
  • by he's gone if anyone offers on May 27, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    Jeff Lebo would be nuts to turn down any bcs level program, especially with ECU on probation, lets face it 16-14 is about the best that anyone can do at ECU,probably not good enough to get him a job at Penn State but if offered he has got to take it.Wouldn't you want out of Gunville to? This has been and is a dismal program historically and always will be trying to compete against ACC juggernaut programs!
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      by Anonymous on May 29, 2011 at 08:31 AM in reply to he's gone if anyone offers
      he's gone if anyone offers: BCS only applies in college football. ECU's probation does not prevent them from partcipating in post season play. The only power house programs in ACC basketball are Duke and those people in chapel hill. Penn State would be a lateral transfer...thtey are just a bad in basketball as ECU. Furthermore, Penn State is and will always a football only school unlike ECU that wants to be competitive in all programs.
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      by piratejack on Jun 1, 2011 at 09:08 AM in reply to he's gone if anyone offers
      You talk about Greenville being Gunville, but yet the crime rate is so much worse in Durham and Fayetteville, yes I'm talking about cities in the tobacco road area. You have no room to talk about the crime rate, plus Greenville is 40 minutes from his in-laws and 1 1/2 hours from his in-laws beach house in Atlantic Beach. Would'nt make sense to leave Greenville one bit to go somewhere that it's sub zero temperatures over half of the winter!
  • by Where is... on May 27, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    Dave...isn't this one of his "schools" of choice where everything is better than at ECU? I'm just askin...
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      by Sam on May 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM in reply to Where is...
      I'm beginning to highly suspect Dave as mocking my name on these other articles trying to make me look bad.
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM in reply to Where is...
      Dave is dumb fouded and beside himself that the mighty Penn State would consider anything out of Eastern North Carolina much less ECU.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on May 26, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    Glad he is sticking around, hope he can stay long enough to become a permanent fixture for Pirate basketball. Good luck and thank you coach for making basketball exciting again in Greenville.
  • by JTG on May 26, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    Skip Holtz said the same thing. Where is he now?
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      by Sam on May 27, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to JTG
      WRONG! Skip Holtz never said he was committed to building the program even more from the John Thompson days. Even though he left, he and the rest of the South Florida nation, just like the majority of the Big East schools are saying ECU is the most attractive 10th football member and the 18th basketball member.
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        by Bill on May 27, 2011 at 04:50 PM in reply to Sam
        Sam, you clearly never followed Holtz at ECU. He said the word "build" as many times as he said the word "turn". WRONG indeed.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on May 26, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    Let me remind everyone that Skip Holtz said the same thing as the USF jet's engines were idling on the tarmac of Pitt county airport and his wife was out buying him a green tie.
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      by Sam on May 27, 2011 at 06:09 AM in reply to Jimbo
      Skip never said that he was committed to ECU for the future after the 2009 season.
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        by Jimbo on May 27, 2011 at 08:52 AM in reply to Sam
        We'll see Sam. I hope you're right!
  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on May 26, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Thank you, Coach! We are looking forward to seeing what you can accomplish and build here at ECU! Good to see you still want to be a Pirate! ARRRRRGHHH!!!
  • by Kyle Location: La Grange on May 26, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    To all you ECU hating losers out there that said Lebo was gone maybe this will shut you up!
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      by ok on May 28, 2011 at 01:50 PM in reply to Kyle
      you're see let him get a offer
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 26, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    If Lebo goes then it is what it is, considering Lebo is from PA, but he would be out of his mind if he went to Penn State. Lebo has a great thing going here and I'd still be surprised if he left ECU, considering his wife's family is just 30 minutes away. He even said in an interview one time that their next place they will live would be down around Morehead City or Atlantic Beach and that they are all tired of moving. Penn State would also be smarter if they went with Josh Pastner, Shaka Smart, the coach from Boston University, the Old Domininon coach, the Duquense coach, and other various better options than Lebo. Also I've heard where Penn State does'nt have all that much money when it comes to their basketball fund. It would be dumb to go coach basketball at a school that pays 98% of the attention to football. Also State College is about sub zero temps over half of the winter.
  • by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    Why would Lebo leave ECU to coach at PSU. When was the last time the PSU won their conference regular season or tournament much less made past the 1st round of the NCAA? Penn State basketball is just as sorry as EC's. I think he'll stay in Greenville for now.
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      by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to
      when was the last time ECU did any of those things?
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        by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM in reply to
        That's my point it would be a latteral transfer. He would be no better at PennState than ECU.
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          by Anonymous on May 26, 2011 at 01:21 PM in reply to
          gotcha
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      by Bill on May 27, 2011 at 04:52 PM in reply to
      Because it's a better job. Penn State had a so-so year and went to the NCAA tournament last year. ECU last went in 1993 by winning the CAA. He'll go IF offered.
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