Jason Shay close to joining Steve Forbes' staff at Northwest Florida State College

Tennessee assistant coach Jason Shay reacts to a technical foul that was called on the Tennessee bench in the game against Missouri State during the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods National Invitational Tournament Season Tip-Off at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

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Tennessee assistant coach Jason Shay reacts to a technical foul that was called on the Tennessee bench in the game against Missouri State during the second round of the Dick's Sporting Goods National Invitational Tournament Season Tip-Off at Thompson-Boling Arena on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

Former Tennessee assistant men’s basketball coach Jason Shay has interviewed for a coaching position at Northwest Florida State College in what would be a reunion with Steve Forbes.

Forbes, who was named coach at Northwest Florida last month, said Monday that Shay’s hiring is contingent upon the approval of athletic director Mickey Englett.

“For me, coaching at Tennessee was the dream of a lifetime,’’ the 37-year-old Shay said. “To coach in an environment like Thompson-Boling Arena in front of great fans was a tremendous experience.

“I’m looking forward to my next opportunity and challenge.’’

Forbes, Shay and former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and associate head coach Tony Jones went before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis on Saturday.

All of the coaches have declined to comment on the specifics of the meeting, as requested by the NCAA.

Pearl said he anticipates Forbes and Shay will have great success coaching together.

“That will probably be the best coaching staff in junior college basketball,’’ Pearl said. “It’s good if they are coaching together. They will do a great job.

Northwest Florida State is an NCJAA Division I school located in Niceville, Fla. The team plays in a new $31 million arena and features former UT signee Chris Jones in its incoming class.

Shay, a former walk-on at Iowa when Pearl was serving as an assistant with the Hawkeyes to Dr. Tom Davis, has 13 years of coaching experience, the past 11 with Pearl at Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Tennessee.

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor wish them best of luck.
Bones never lie.

cubs_fantoo#1339500 writes:

Awesome men and youre sure to get some love from ET fans. now just wait and see what TJ is going to do. Best wishes.

LiveFaith writes:

That's gotta be a turbulent life for an assistant BB / FB coach and their families. I guess they have to be happy for the stability here while it lasted.

I hope these guys, Tony Jones, and Bruce Pearl do well in their next endeavors. They sure helped entertain us for the past several years. Still sad that the wheels came off, but like the new hire too.

Madkels writes:

I guess the magazine and investment biz didn't work out for Forbes. Oh well. LOL

BigVolinCarolina writes:

I'm sure that was a difficult interview process.

RoadTrip writes:

Hope they do well there. Really nice area for families and facilities are top notch for juco.

born2ride writes:

JUCO may be the only place they can coach if the NCAA hammers Pearl and his former staff.

UofTNVol writes:

in response to born2ride:

JUCO may be the only place they can coach if the NCAA hammers Pearl and his former staff.

If the NCAA hammers Pearl, it will be the LAST DAMN TIME ANY coach EVER makes a mistake and then comes clean. It will be a FIRST and the LAST. Best of luck and lots of love to Coach Pearl, and every member of his excellent staff.

samvol writes:

I hope it work out for Shay, he deserves a chance to be successful. I hope KJ can find something also…..but those two low down dirty scum bags Bruce Pearl and Tony Jones should never be allowed to ever coach at any college level in any sport again. Those two have ruined so many lives and they will get what’s coming to them and it will be well deserved. Tony Jones, keeping it real…LOL!!!

CommodoreCapital writes:

What a hard fall? There are probably more fans at the Rocky Top League then in this conference. What is it with Northwest Florida State College hiring coaches with prior NCAA allegations looming, i.e. Bruce Stewart (MTSU)?

kingofthevols writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

What a hard fall? There are probably more fans at the Rocky Top League then in this conference. What is it with Northwest Florida State College hiring coaches with prior NCAA allegations looming, i.e. Bruce Stewart (MTSU)?

Do they have recruiting rules in juco?

bigsteve92 writes:

in response to born2ride:

JUCO may be the only place they can coach if the NCAA hammers Pearl and his former staff.

always NAIA cause ncaa cant say nothing or do anything to college in tha league. whole new system and whole new rules lol.

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