JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State University has hired a search firm to help find a new men's basketball coach.
Dickey Nutt stepped down last week and two assistants are guiding the Indians (9-19, 4-13 Sun Belt Conference) for the rest of the season.
Carr Sports Associates of Gainesville, Florida, has been hired to help find Nutt's replacement.
ASU athletic director Dean Lee says the firm will help open doors for the university. Lee says Carr helps in several searches each year and has plenty of contacts. The firm will serve as a liaison between the candidates and the school.
The firm is headed by Bill Carr, a former athletic director at Houston and Florida. ASU previously hired the firm in 2002 to help analyze the school's needs for meeting Division I-A standards. Carr helped develop a strategic plan.
Lee would not say how much Carr will be paid, but he says the money will come from private resources in a special Indian Club account.
ASU closes its regular season at home Thursday night against Louisiana-Monroe. The Sun Belt Conference holds the first round of its tournament on March 5th at the home courts of the league's top seeds that do not have the three league byes. Winners advance to the quarterfinals in Mobile, Alabama, where the rest of the tournament will be played March 8th-through-11th. ASU is in the Sun Belt cellar, though Troy and Louisiana-Monroe are only a half-game better with 4-12 league records.
Assistants Al Grushkin and Shawn Forrest are serving as co-interim head coaches. Lee said he'd consider Grushkin and Forrest for the job if they want to apply.
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