Reggie Theus Rumors

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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.
With assistant GM Tony Ronzone gone, Kahn will reconfigure the front office: Adelman’s son R.J. will bring some of the statistical analytics the Rockets use in Houston and assume a front-office player personnel/game preparation role. A new advance scout — Brent Haskins followed Kevin McHale and J.B. Bickerstaff to Houston — will report to R.J. Last season’s assistant coaches Bill Laimbeer, Reggie Theus and Dave Wohl will be paid for their contract’s remaining year but won’t be reassigned new jobs.
Reggie Theus will likely be on the move once again. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Tuesday that head coach Kurt Rambis was fired after a 17-65 season meaning that Theus – the former head coach at New Mexico State and current Timberwolves assistant coach – will likely leave Minnesota as well. Theus has one year remaining on his contract with the Timberwolves. “They have not, at this point, let the staff go,” Theus said. “As far as we know at the moment, we’re status quo.”
Still not knowing the future of coach Kurt Rambis: Anthony Tolliver: “I don’t really deal with that stuff. It’s not a big deal. We don’t need a coach right now. That’s not saying anything about Kurt or any other coach. The only two teams that need coaches right now are Miami and Dallas. Everybody else is hanging. I hope for his sake something gets resolved, so he’s not sitting at home wondering what’s going on.I supported Kurt all year and I still support him to this day. But if the team decides to go in a different direction, that’s where we’re going.” He did say Reggie Theus is scheduled to come to Springfield to work him out this month, before he gets married on June 19 and heads to Bora Bora for his honeymoon. Guess the assistant coaches are proceeding to work until somebody tells them not to, just like Rambis did with those workouts at Target Center the last two weeks.
Wolves assistant Reggie Theus has had a long week. There were back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday he flew to Las Vegas for a 5 1/2- hour interview for the coaching vacancy at UNLV. He took the red-eye back to the Twin Cities so he could be at practice Friday. Many reports have Theus, along with BYU associate head coach Dave Rice, St. John’s assistant Mike Dunlap and former Oregon and St. Mary’s coach Ernie Kent as frontrunners for the job. UNLV athletic director Jim Livengood hopes to make a decision by Sunday. “I thought it was a very solid, in-depth interview,” Theus said. “Everybody wants to have an opportunity to try to coach your alma mater. Actually, when I first started coaching, I only had one job in mind, and that was UNLV.”
Theus, an NBA assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves, flew to Las Vegas in the morning and met for most of the afternoon with UNLV president Neal Smatresk, athletic director Jim Livengood and members of the Board of Regents. “I have no idea what they’re going to do,” Theus said. “I really don’t know. “I thought it was a good meeting. I thought it was positive. We covered a lot of different things. I answered everything we talked about truthfully and with enthusiasm.”
Former Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus is a leading candidate to succeed Lon Kruger for the head coaching job at UNLV. Theus, 53, and currently an NBA assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves has long called the UNLV gig his “dream job,” having played for the Runnin’ Rebels under Jerry Tarkanian from 1975 to ’78 and starring on UNLV’s first Final Four team, in 1977. He is in the school’s athletic hall of fame and had his jersey retired in 1997.
Two former UNLV basketball players, Dave Rice and Reggie Theus, are candidates to be the program’s next coach. Larry Johnson wants his name added to the short list. Johnson discussed the idea with former Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian on Saturday and decided to promote his interest in the position. “I would love to do it,” Johnson said. “This situation is just like ideal. It’s close to my heart. If they hire me, we would get back to being the Runnin’ Rebels.”