Source: Penn State, Cal are also interested in Texas interim coach Rodney Terry
Texas men's basketball interim head coach Rodney Terry, who has guided the Longhorns to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008, is being pursued for head coaching openings at both Penn State and California, a source with knowledge of the situation told the American-Statesman on Wednesday.
Texas Tech also had Terry on its list of candidates, but now is focusing its search on North Texas' Grant McCasland, according to the source.
Penn State's Micah Shrewsberry, whose Nittany Lions were eliminated by Terry's Longhorns in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, is expected to be announced soon as Notre Dame's new coach. The first-round win was Penn State's first NCAA Tournament victory since 2001. And Cal fired Mark Fox after he went 38-87 in four years there, including 3-29 this season. The school also is considering UC-Santa Barbara's Joe Pasternack, a former longtime Bears assistant.
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte has said he is “absolutely” considering Terry for the permanent position, but per his policy will make no such decisions until after the Longhorns' season has ended. Terry could not be reached for comment.
The second-seeded Longhorns (28-8) will face third-seeded Xavier in Kansas City on Friday night. The Longhorns, who won the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City with their second consecutive blowout victory over Kansas in a seven-day span, have won six games in a row.
Terry, who has been coaching the team since Dec. 12 and has guided Texas to a 21-7 record, has not agreed to interview for either position and would not do so until after Texas' season ends, the source said.
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