Pitt coach Jamie Dixon remains USC’s preferred choice for the basketball job but St. Mary’s coach Randy Bennett was always a B-list candidate if the top guys fell through. Until now.
Bennett was suspended five games next year and St. Mary’s received four years’ probation by the NCAA on Friday. In the current environment at USC, that makes Bennett a no-go as a coaching candidate.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett and New Mexico coach Steve Alford remain strong candidates behind Dixon.