What have we heard in regards to the UAB Head Men’s Basketball coaching search since Friday?
Unlike the UNLV coaching search that has taken place over the course of a couple months and has been wildly public, Mark Ingram has been keeping his cards close to his chest thus far.
Kevin Scarbinsky reported Saturday that UAB has reached out to Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person. The UAB vocal majority has made it very clear that they would be grossly disappointed with such a hire from an in-state rival.
Other than Person, what we have to work with at this point is mostly hearsay and rumor. I wrote about my personal vote of confidence for UAB associate head coach Rob Ehsan on Saturday — READ. Ehsan appears to be the club house leader pick for the Blazer faithful.
The hashtag #Blazers4Ehsan began trending in Birmingham Saturday night and has been tweeted over 500 times. Ingram could decide to promote Ehsan sooner rather than later for stability and recruiting reasons. A similar situation took place at Butler last year.
The other name that seems to have developed it’s own social media grassroots movement is Arkansas fifth year assistant coach TJ Cleveland. Blazer Bloggin’s article mentioning potential mutual interest between Cleveland and UAB has been shared more than 500 times on Facebook alone.
In addition, current NBA Toronto Raptor and Birmingham native DeMarre Carroll has given his endorsement for Cleveland. Cleveland was an assistant under Mike Anderson at Missouri when Carroll was a player from 2007-2009. Laurence Bowers, who played at Missouri from 2008-2013, has also showed his support. And a PD3 endorsement will only help the cause.
It will be interesting to see which method Ingram will use to make this hire. A search committee is common, but not required. Previous UAB Athletic Director Brian Mackin used a committee consisting of former UAB player Izell Reese, associate AD Shannon Ealy, and consultant Bill Carr. We all know how that turned out…
Stay tuned for more information as we receive it.