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Report: Drew Interviewed For MSU Hoops Gig On Monday

When Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin hired the Parker Executive Search firm from Atlanta, you knew there would be a few leaks here and there.  The first came when someone contacted Murray State’s Steve Prohm before first getting permission from Prohm’s athletic director boss (who went public with his displeasure).

Now is reporting that Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew interviewed for the open MSU gig on Monday in Atlanta.  Like Prohm, Drew has one year of head coaching experience under his belt, after taking over the Valpo program from his father Homer Drew.

One thing definitely working in Drew’s favor happens to be the most memorable moment from his playing career (also at Valparaiso) from back in 1998:

State fans gotta love a guy who stuck a dagger in the hearts of Ole Miss fans everywhere, don’t they?

The 37-year-old Drew went 22-12 this season and won the Horizon League regular-season title.  After losing in the league tournament, Valpo was ousted in the first round of this year’s NIT by Miami (FL).  Drew spent the previous six seasons on his father’s staff at the Indiana school.

Other names connected to State’s search: Ohio’s John Groce (who’s reportedly now the top choice of Illinois) and Milwaukee’s Rob Jeter (who was reportedly a done deal before said report was discredited and retracted).

From the names leaking out it seems that Sticklin is determined to go the young up-and-comer route.  And in the cases of Prohm and Drew it’s apparent he’s not too worried about finding someone with a long track record of success.



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