Gillen to coach South Florida?
Two years after he resigned as UVA men's basketball coach– and days after he crossed paths with his former team at the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, where he was broadcasting the games for radio network Westwood One– rumors abound that Pete Gillen may soon prowl the sideline once again. The Tampa Tribune reports that Gillen has interviewed for the head coaching position at the University of South Florida. Gillen has so far refused to comment publicly on the possibility of heading to Tampa.
Other reported candidates for the position include University of South Alabama head coach John Pelphrey (who interviewed days after Gillen), and University of Connecticut associate coach Tom Moore (who coached alongside Dave Leitao when the current UVA head man was also a Huskies' assistant).
One very vocal Gillen supporter lately has been ESPN analyst Dick Vitale. In his most recent USA Today column, Vitale writes, "Hey, South Florida is looking for a new coach. What about Pete Gillen? His knowledge of the Big East [USF's conference] from his years at Providence would be key." And pressed by the St. Petersburg Times, Vitale said of the Bulls' vacancy, "If I were in charge, the first guy I'd ask until he said no is Pete Gillen. Seton Hall went after him, couldn't get him. He has a wealth of Big East experience, the job he did at Providence, ACC experience at Virginia. He has personality plus. The media would love him, the fans, alumni. He's exactly the resume they should be looking for."