Craig Neal and Mark Price have interviewed for the men’s basketball coaching job at Georgia Tech.
Neal, a guard at Tech in the mid-1980s, has served as an assistant coach for the past seven seasons at Iowa and New Mexico. Neal hasn’t campaigned for the job, but he did express an interest. He told colleague Mark Bradley, “That’s my dream job. That’s my school.” Jeff Goodman at Fox Sports first reported Neal and Price’s interview.
Price, an All-American point guard at Tech in the mid-80s, expressed an interest last weekend, according to former Tech player Dennis Scott. Price, a Yellow Jackets legend, led the team to its first ACC championship and regular-season title as a junior in 1985. His jersey was retired by the school.
According to Goodman, if Neal were hired, he and Price would come as a package deal, with his former teammate as his associate head coach.
Georgia Tech is declining to comment on the search.
Reports yesterday had Tulsa’s Doug Wojcik also interviewing for the job as well. He denied the reports, saying he hadn’t been contacted. That doesn’t mean, of course, that his agent or attorney weren’t contacted.
After Paul Hewitt was let go almost two weeks ago, Cuonzo Martin’s name was floated as a possible replacement. Martin, the coach at Missouri State, is 61-40 with the Bears. With Mike Anderson’s decision to leave Missouri for Arkansas, I’ll be curious to see if Martin becomes the front-runner for the Tigers.
– Doug Roberson, AJC