HUNTINGTON, W.Va.– Marshall fans had been holding out hope that Mike D’Antoni would return to his alma mater and lead its basketball program out of the doldrums of Conference USA but those dreams were dashed Tuesday. D’Antoni informed Marshall Athletics Director Mike Hamrick he was not available to take the job.

The Charleston Daily Mail’s Chuck McGill first broke the news that Herd fans did not want to hear. Hamrick pursued D’Antoni and was reportedly “all in” to persuade the Herd basketball legend back to Huntington even spending several days in Los Angeles making his best pitch to D’Antoni. However, even after the worst season in Lakers’ history, the storied franchise is not ready to hand D’Antoni his walking papers.

D’Antoni met with Lakers brass — team executive Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak — multiple times this week to discuss D’Antoni’s future with the organization. At this point, the Lakers just aren’t going to budge and are adamant about keeping D’Antoni as the coach. D’Antoni is two years through a three-year, $12 million contract he signed on Nov. 12, 2012. The Lakers hold a team option for a fourth season that would bring D’Antoni back for the 2015-16 campaign at another $4 million. — Charleston Daily Mail 

Now, Marshall’s coaching search must do an about face and it must move quickly. Tom Herrion was relieved his duties all the way back on March 14 and a fanbase that Hamrick described as apathetic during the press conference announcing Herrion’s firing, needs to make a move to energize the Herd faithful.

Other candidates who have reportedly interviewed for the job include Eastern Kentucky’s Jeff Neubauer, Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood and West Virginia assistant Ron Everhart.

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  • cutty77

    I guess his Brother is taking the job. Dan, before he gets fired from The Lakers.

  • FNP

  • rick

    Shocked...shocked I am I tell you...

  • Aaron

    I must say that as a West Virginian who follows both University's, the amount of vitriol of that comes from alleged supporters of both schools directed at the other is a bit nauseating.

    For any supposed WVU fan to claim Mike D'Antoni was never coming to MU, I say, you don't know what the h*** you're talking about. You are of the same ilk who would say Bob Huggins was never coming to WVU.

    Regarding this story, I must say, the one thing that surprised me was that LA retained his services. Given Kobe's public statements, I'm not sure I understand that mindset. The only thing I can think of is they are looking at a free agent signing and they will give D'Antoni one year before committing to a coach of that players choosing.

  • GO WVU

    Who would wanna coach at Marsha??

  • Larry

    "I'm shocked D"Antoni will not coach Marshall", said nobody, ever.

  • Jake

    Everhart please

  • R Charleston

    What about Jeff Battle? Played at Marshall and has some coaching experience, just saying

  • R Charleston

    What about Jeff Battle? Played a t Marshall and Jason's coaching experience, just saying

  • Mister Man

    Patrick Beilein would, also, be a good choice.

  • Mister Man

    Everhart would be an excellent choice.

  • Adam

    You guys suck lol

  • bill

    Chas Wolfe @highmajorscoop---Marshall basketball search has reached 40 days. AD has givenn up basketball for lent.

  • Herd98

    D'antoni not coming is no shocker. The media stirred that whole thing up anyway. Sure MU fans liked the way it sounded but in reality the timing wasnt right. The Mu job is not a terrible job, but its not on the level of Uk or UNC obvioulsy. Your going to make 3 or 4 hundred thousand not a million. A young up an coming coach at a small school should be who is on the radar. Of course all that matters is the W's so the fan base wants a winner. I hope it works out and a quality candidate comes in because the fan base is getting frustrated.

  • steve

    Fire hamrick over this joke of a coaching search!