Reggie Theus Rumors
Still, Nico grew some and kept getting better until, one afternoon in eighth grade, his dad handed him a cellphone on the way back from practice, and the voice on the other end was Cal State–Northridge coach Reggie Theus, who said he just knew that Nico was going to be his kind of player, and that he wanted to make him a scholarship offer right there, on the phone, without even seeing him in person, because that way Nico would always remember that it was Theus, a former NBA star, who offered first, way before all the big schools. And upon hearing this, Nico freaked out a bit but tried to look supercool, because one of his teammates was in the car and, besides, that’s what you do when you’re a real baller.
Former Sacramento Kings and New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus will be the next coach at Cal State Northridge, multiple sources close to the situation told ESPN.com. Theus replaces Bobby Braswell at the Big West school. Theus has been trying to get back into college coaching the past two years. He was a finalist at his alma mater a year ago but was passed over by Dave Rice for the UNLV job.
According to a person familiar with his thinking, the former University of New Mexico coach and Los Angeles native is looking to return to the college ranks either at the University of the Pacific or Southern California. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of coaching searches. The Tigers’ program in Stockton, Calif. is a diamond in the rough if ever there was one, and longtime coach Bob Thomason – who took the West Coast Conference team to four NCAA Tournament appearances and six conference championships when UOP was in the Big West – will be retiring after this season. The Trojans job opened up on Monday when Kevin O’Neill was fired after he’d gone 48-65 in three-plus seasons.
Former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus is on the verge of getting the job as head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA Developmental League, replacing Eric Musselman, who left for an assistant’s job with Arizona State.