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Looks like Jason Hart is in.
Will feel better when there is an official announcement.
Galen Central @USCGalenCentral 19s
Maryland pg Pe'Shon Howard announced he will transfer to be closer to his ill grandmother in CA. USC needs another pg...
Wonder if this counts for a hardship waiver.
You never really know with the NCAA but recent history would suggest that it should count.
Mark Zeigler @sdutzeigler 11m
The latest on Tony Bland: offered $250k+ plus associate head coach by USC, still deciding whether to say yes. http://utsd.us/146Avly
SDSU’s lead recruiter has been offered the associate head coach position on Andy Enfield’s staff at USC along with a salary package worth more than $250,000 per year, according to sources in Los Angeles and San Diego.
He would have already accepted, the sources said, if he were anywhere else, but loyalty to his alma mater and Coach Steve Fisher has rendered what otherwise might be an easy decision into a heart-wrenching one.
Bland, in Atlanta for the Final Four, was unavailable for comment. He is expected to reach a decision Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Bland, regarded as a star recruiter in just his second season of collegiate coaching, currently makes $120,000 at SDSU. Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports tweeted that USC athletic director Pat Haden “told me last week USC would spend any amount necessary to get Enfield the assistants he wants.”
Sources said Bland turned down several advances to interview with UCLA and new head coach Steve Alford. Arizona, which lost assistant James Whitford to Ball State, apparently is no longer in contention, either.
Earlier Monday, Pepperdine coach Marty Wilson tweeted that Waves assistant Jason Hart “will be joining the new USC staff.” Hart, who like Bland is from Los Angeles and played at Syracuse, is considered an up-and-coming recruiter with strong ties to Southern California basketball circles.
But Hart’s hiring does not mean Bland is no longer a candidate. Bland would come as the associate head coach, No. 2 behind Enfield, who took over the Trojans program last week after leading Florida Gulf Coast on its magical run in the NCAA Tournament.
“My staff,” Enfield said at his introductory news conference, “will include assistant coaches with local recruiting experience. USC is located in the top Los Angeles recruiting market, and we will look to take advantage of that.”
Bland’s decision is complicated by loyalty as well as possibility. He likely would be in line for a promotion and salary bump at SDSU once Fisher retires and coach-in-waiting Brian Dutcher moved into the first seat, although there is no indication when that will happen. Fisher, 68, has two years remaining on his contract and said last month he intends to coach next season.
SDSU has a history of losing assistant coaches to high-profile programs – Marvin Menzies to USC, Gregg Gottlieb to Cal, Justin Hutson to UNLV – but also a solid record of replacing them. Bland replaced Hutson two years ago and last spring landed Winston Shepard, the first five-star prep recruit in school history.
SDSU lead basketball recruiter Tony Bland is offered $250,000 plus associate head coach job at USC.
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