It’s that time of the year when many jobs will become open — or will be rumored to. Two universities that have openings are North Texas and Georgia. Below is some insight on which direction each university is headed.
With many jobs becoming available, a lot of rumors and innuendo are to abound regarding who are potential replacements for said positions.
Hopefully this can give some insight, or at the very least, which way the pendulum is swinging in regards to these two openings: North Texas and Georgia. Because, there’s a plethora of chatter regarding these positions, and who perchance is in the mix.
North Texas, came open two weeks ago after Mike Petersen and UNT agreed to part ways. Their AD, Rick Villarreal, has been very matter of fact in looking to quickly replace Petersen. Per multiple sources, the Mean Green are down to their finalists and hope to have a decision soon.
Here are the candidates for the position in no particular order:
- Lynn Bria, Stetson: Bria, in 2012, interviewed for the vacant post at North Texas and was offered the job. She turned them down and has continued her success with the Hatters. Bria’s won an Atlantic Sun Championship, and has posted multiple 20-plus seasons in the past three years – and has reached the postseason in all three. Based on strong information, this could be one of Villarreal’s top choices.
- Edwina Brown, assistant coach TCU: Brown will be interviewing for the position in the coming days. It’s hard to gather where she stands, but she’s definitely in the mix.
- Brooke and Scott Stoehr, co-head coaches Northwestern State: They both have strong ties to the state of Texas. Brooke, prior to coming to Northwestern State, was an assistant coach at Texas Tech. And her husband, Scott, worked for the Mean Green as an assistant coach. After winning the Southland Conference Tournament, en route to appearing in the NCAA Tournament this year, they could be a formidable duo in Denton.
- Jalie Mitchell, assistant coach Texas: The former UNT standout — and Mean Green Hall of Famer — is definitely a strong candidate to replace Mike Peterson. Mitchell, who starred for North Texas from 1998-2002, currently serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Longhorns. She’s done an exceptional job in attracting elite talent to Texas. The Longhorns just advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.
- Bonnie Henrickson, ex-head coach Kansas: Henrickson who was recently let go at Kansas is a new, but potentially, viable candidate for the Mean Green. In this blog by Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle, he highlights the strengths that make Henrickson a prime option for the position.
In the wake of Andy Landers’ retirement, another job that everyone is talking about is Georgia. There are going to be A LOT of high-profile names that are — and already have — going to make overtures for this position. Dawgsports.com posted a list of candidates, and while many of them are feasible, the Bulldog’s top target is not on this list per multiple sources.
If the Bulldogs are able to land this coach, it will immediately have a positive in recruiting. And that’s something Georgia is looking to address with this hire, as many know that the Bulldogs have struggled mightily in this area.
Over the past few years, they have missed out on a slew of elite talents from their backyard: Diamond Deshields (No. 1 in 2013), Kaela Davis (No. 2 in 2013), Alisha Gray (No. 7 in 2013), Lexie Brown (No. 15 in 2013), Asia Durr (No. 2 in 2015) and Te’a Cooper (No. 19 in 2015)