Bart Lundy’s tenure at North Texas was a short one. He stayed just a year before accepting the head coaching job at Queens in Charlotte.
We talked about Lundy’s decision to head back to the school where he started his career as a head coach last night.
The interesting aspect of how it all played out is that one of the big selling points for Benford when he took his first job as a head coach is that he could bring a pair of veteran head coaches with him to UNT in Lundy and Rob Evans, who is still on staff.
So the question now becomes: Where does UNT go from here?
It’s getting a little late in the summer for coaches to pick up and move.
The name that a lot of people have brought up and makes a lot of sense is Bubba Jennings, a former Texas Tech assistant who played at Tech with Benford. Both Jennings and Benford are from New Mexico.
Texas Tech just changed coaching staffs with Tubby Smith taking over the program. That put Jennings on the market.
Benford said he is already well into the process of looking for a coach to replace Lundy.
If Jennings wasn’t the first phone call Benford made, he was likely on the short list.
While Jennings doesn’t have the experience as a head coach Lundy does, he would be another veteran presence on the bench.
Benford said he is looking for a guy who can coach and recruit, and he mentioned that he would like to have someone with Dallas ties.
That would make a whole lot of sense from UNT’s perspective.
Former UNT head coach Johnny Jones rebuilt the Mean Green’s program largely on the backs of a few key Dallas area products, and the area’s reputation is growing when it comes to being a hotbed for high school basketball talent.
Most staffs have a young, hungry guy or two who can get out on the road, sit on wood stands throughout the summer AAU season.
UNT has one in David Anwar.
Jennings could also fill that type of role, or UNT could go in another direction with a younger coach, one who is tied in to the Dallas area.
Another possibility to keep in mind is that UNT has Jeff Luster, its director of operations, there as a possibility. Luster has been in the game for 20 years and spent three years as an assistant coach at TCU not too long ago.
UNT will have to move quickly.
We should know something in the next few days.