North Texas athletic director Wren Baker sat down with the Denton Record-Chronicle this afternoon to discuss the school’s search for a new men’s basketball coach. The school fired Tony Benford after five seasons on Sunday night.
There will be a story in tomorrow’s paper that goes into detail on what Baker had to say and where the Mean Green’s search stands.
Here are the quick highlights:
– Baker believes UNT has what it takes to convince a current Division I head coach to make the jump to UNT.
– UNT has plans to renovate the locker room for the men’s basketball program. The upgrade is one UNT officials believe will help attract a quality head coach.
– UNT will use a search firm. The school used Eastman & Beaudine for when it hired Baker and is likely to use that firm again.
– Baker credited Benford with ensuring the program is in a good position off the court. UNT’s Academic Progress Rate report score is solid and Baker has been pleased with the way players have conducted themselves on and off the floor.
– The number of people involved in the search will be small and will include Baker; Jared Mosley, the second in command in the UNT athletic department; Neal Smatresk, UNT’s president; and Brint Ryan, the chairman of the UNT board of regents.
Check back for more later, and be sure to catch the video at the top of this post.