Eric Musselman Rumors
The state Board of Regents approved a five-year contract worth $2 million Thursday for new Nevada basketball coach Eric Musselman, a two-time former NBA coach who says he’s already on the recruiting trail and is planning to run a high-octane offense. Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth formally introduced Musselman at the Lawlor Events Center on the Reno campus shortly after the regents in Las Vegas approved the deal that offers additional incentives, including $10,000 for winning the Mountain West Conference title and another $10,000 for making the NCAA tournament.
Two-time NBA head coach Eric Musselman has been selected to coach the Nevada men’s basketball team and a five-year contract will be presented to the Board of Regents for their approval at a meeting on Thursday, athletics director Doug Knuth announced today. Musselman, 50, returns to Reno after spending the last three years as an assistant coach at a pair power five schools, first at Arizona State and most recently helping the LSU Tigers to the NCAA Tournament this season. He spent the 2010-11 season in Reno, coaching the NBA D-League’s Bighorns and leading them to the only Western Conference title in franchise history. He has been a head coach with seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07), and has won more than 500 games as a head coach with an overall winning percentage of .625 (566-340).
By Thursday the Nevada basketball program should have a new head coach. That’s when a Board of Regents meeting has been set at the university to potentially approve a new contract. The rumor mill has been heating up on who top candidates might be, and there are three names that have been at the forefront. Tony Barbee, an assistant at Kentucky and former head coach at UTEP and Auburn; Joe Pasternack, an Associate Head Coach at Arizona and one time Univeristy of New Orleans head coach; and Eric Musselman, who is a current Associate Head Coach at LSU.
That leaves us with Musselman – whose name surfaced as early as last week and since then we have heard his name mentioned several times by people associated with the University. No one has gone on record saying he is the top target. But the talk is there. The son of former NBA coach Bill Musselman, Eric has paved his own path in the game of basketball coaching since 1988. His career has spanned all across the country and even to the international level.
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