University of Texas assistant coach Rodney Terry, Villanova assistant Chris Walker and former Texas Tech head coach and Oklahoma State assistant James Dickey are the latest candidates interviewed in the Houston coaching search, according to sources familiar with the situation.
UH athletic director Mack Rhoades interviewed Terry and Walker on Monday and was scheduled to meet with Dickey Tuesday, as the second of two prospective candidates interviewed in the search to replace Tom Penders took another job.
Tim Floyd accepted an offer at UT-El Paso.
Both Terry and Walker have some backing among UH alumni. Gillispie is regarded as the front-runner, though neither he nor UH at the moment have reached a definitive common ground as to strength of interest.
Terry is an Angleton native who understands the UH situation and is familiar with recruiting in the talent-rich
Neither Terry nor Walker have head-coaching experience, but neither did Cougars’ football coach Kevin Sumlin, who has continued the rise of the program started by now-Baylor coach Art Briles.
Lacking UH facilites and the condition of Hofheinz Pavilion remain a point of contention for some candidates. Rhoades, a former associate AD at UTEP when Gillispie was the head coach there, is aggressively pursuing a commitment to modernize Hofheinz and make continued improvements to Robertson Stadium, UH’s on-campus football stadium.
Rhoades according to sources is expected to begin to focus on possibly making a move before the Final Four.--Mike Jones.