Troy Dannen is leaving no stone unturned.
The Tulane athletic director has made myriad calls and talked to numerous candidates in his search to find the Green Wave’s next men’s basketball coach.
Among the many candidates, sources confirmed to The Advocate that CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb and Yale’s James Jones have received some mutual interest in the ongoing search. They are just two of the numerous coaches who are still in the mix as Dannen searches for Ed Conroy’s replacement.
Sources indicated that formal interviews have not begun but are expected to start this week. Dannen has publicly said, if possible, he would like to name a coach before the Final Four, which begins April 2.
Gottlieb also was connected to the Oklahoma State job, which he publicly lobbied for before the Cowboys came to an agreement with Stephen F. Austin coach Brad Underwood on Monday.
A former OSU point guard turned radio host and analyst, Gottlieb has no college coaching experience but is a prominent name in the industry thanks to his visibility from working at ESPN and CBS.
Jones is at the other end of the spectrum. He has been Yale’s head coach since 1999 but didn’t become a hot name on the coaching market until Yale upset Baylor in the first round of the NCAA tournament this month; the Bulldogs’ comeback attempt against Duke fell short in Saturday’s second round.
It was the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the tournament since 1965. Before winning the Ivy League outright this season, Jones led Yale to a first-place tie in 2014-15, its best season since reaching the NIT in 2001-02.
After Jones’ first season, the Bulldogs never finished worse than fourth in the Ivy League and have compiled a 64-30 record in the past three seasons.
It’s unclear where Gottlieb and Jones stand in Dannen’s preferences at this time.
“There are a lot of jobs out there and a lot of dominoes that still haven’t fallen,” Dannen said March 14. “There are going to be some coaches who are coaching in the tournament and who may be coaching for a number of games, whether they are head coaches or assistants.
“As I told the team, I would love to have a coach for them before the Final Four, but this is unlike the football search where we got together and interviewed six people over the course of two days and chose one. This is going to be an ongoing process and, when we find the right person, we will be ready to offer that person, whether it be tomorrow or in two weeks.”