Student on Sports has received information that there will in fact be interviews taking place this week regarding the vacant position. Jeff Rabjohns reported earlier this month that, in addition to the obvious Todd Howard, former Butler and Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter and former Oregon State head coach (and current California assistant) Jay John were going to be considered. In an email response to a request for information, a true confirmation was far from apparent.
Okay, so let's go through what we know.
1) Todd Howard is who all of the players (former and current) and former coaches (Ron Hunter & Bob Lovell) want to take over. Personally, I have no idea why he wasn't simply given the reigns and asked how much he'd like to be paid.
2) No one will confirm who is being interviewed, including Howard. Take what you want from this, but I think it's pretty shady. Not that people aren't talking, but that they CAN'T. There is an obvious crave for information, and the athletic department has been instructed to keep their mouths shut. Why?
3) There is no money in the budget for a big name hire. Nor is there money in the budget to buy out contracts and hire all new guys, especially for two former head coaches (Jay and Lickliter) who could potentially ask for a whole new staff to better along with their former styles of coaching.
4) I can't think of any excuse for the vow of silence that the IUPUI Athletic Department has taken. Again, it's coming from the top. The same group that waited until four days before fall practice began to promote Austin Parkison to head coach is now taking their time on this huge decision. It just doesn't sit right with me at all.
Any more information will be made available as it comes through the wire both here and at twitter.com/RedZoneIUPUI