The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga says its head basketball coach is not a candidate for the UNCW Wilmington job. The official release is posted below:
"CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head men’s basketball coach John Shulman is no longer a candidate for same position at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington he announced on Monday. “You always have to listen, but that does not mean you don’t love where you are,” said Shulman. “I have always said it would have to be a very special place to get my family out of Chattanooga. “It is gratifying that the success we’ve had at Chattanooga is noticed along with the interest that comes with it,” added Shulman. “However, I have a great job in a place I am very fond of. We have a strong nucleus returning, and I am focused on getting our team back to playing championship basketball.”
Shulman just completed his sixth year as the Chattanooga head coach. He is 105-90 during that span with three Southern Conference North Division titles and two SoCon Tournament crowns with subsequent trips to the NCAA Tournament. He is the only coach in the school’s tradition-rich history to win 15 or more games in every season on the Mocs’ bench."
The UNCW job is the second longest opening in college basketball. UNCW AD Kelly Mehrtens reassigned Benny Moss to other duties in the athletic department with nine games left in the season. Mehrtens wanted The Citadel's Ed Conroy, but he took the head coaching job at Tulane after being offered the UNCW gig. Wofford's Mike Young has also been mentioned in the mix. Over the weekend, the StarNews reported the job was offered to Kansas assistant coach Joe Dooley. He told a Kansas newspaper Sunday he is not a candidate for the job, despite discussions with the school.
Former UNCW player Mark Byington, who currently serves as associate head coach under Bobby Cremins at the College of Charleston, is also being mentioned as a possible replacement for Moss.