Tennessee’s director of basketball operations position has now been open for two weeks.
Since the announcement of Houston Fancher’s move to North Carolina-Wilmington to take an assistant coaching position, UT coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed to the News Sentinel on Monday that Marco Harris, UT’s student-athlete welfare coordinator, and coordinator of video scouting Mark Pancratz are the position’s in-house candidates but added, “There are guys I want to look at that I’ve seen from afar that I think do a good job.”
According to Martin, no set timetable for a hire exists.
“It could be in a couple of weeks,” he said.
Schedule Update: With Iowa completing a Battle 4 Atlantis field consisting of Tennessee, Kansas, Southern Cal, UTEP, Villanova, Wake Forest and Xavier, the Vols’ non-conference schedule continues to come into focus.
UT is also slated to host Virginia and The Citadel, travel to Wichita State and Xavier and play three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving.
Martin said he has at least four open dates remaining and is looking to add a high-major opponent to the home schedule and is in discussions with the likes of Charleston Southern, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech for some of the other remaining slots. A date with one or two Division II schools is also a possibility.
Jones Named Player Of The Year: Northwest Florida State College guard Chris Jones was named National Junior College Athletic Association player of the year, the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Monday.
Jones, a Memphis native who signed with former UT coach Bruce Pearl out of high school, ranked fifth nationally with 21.8 points per game and averaged 5.1 rebounds and a team-high 4.2 assists.
Following two junior college seasons under former UT assistant coach Steve Forbes at Northwest Florida State, Jones will spend the next two seasons under Rick Pitino at defending national champion Louisville.