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Jasick to be offered job at Jacksonville

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IPFW men’s basketball coach Tony Jasick may be headed south again.

A graduate of Mars Hill College in North Carolina and a former assistant at North Alabama, Newberry (S.C.) and Middle Tennessee State, Jasick will be offered the head coaching job at Jacksonville University, according to the Florida Times Union.

Jasick, described as the “frontrunner” for the job by ESPN sources, met with athletic director Brad Edwards in Jacksonville on Monday. According to the Times Union, Edwards interviewed a dozen candidates for the job, including former Indiana coach Mike Davis, who coached Texas Southern to the NCAA tournament this season.

Jasick went 52-47 in three years at IPFW and coached the Mastodons to a school Division I record 25 victories this year with a squad centered on three Florida recruits – point guard Pierre Bland, center Steve Forbes and forward Luis Jacobo. All three were lured to IPFW by Jasick’s assistant Jon Coffman, a former assistant at Stetson in Florida.

Jasick’s recruiting ties to Florida would be key at Jacksonville, which loses three starters (Keith McDougald, Javon Dawson and Vince Martin) from a team that went 12-18 and finished seventh in the Atlantic Sun Conference for former coach Cliff Warren, who was fired in mid-March.

Calls to Jasick on Monday were not returned.

At Jacksonville, Jasick would take over a program with some luster in its history, though not recently.

The Dolphins reached the national championship game in 1970 with a team built around a 7-foot-2 center (Artis Gilmore), a 7-0 forward (Pembroke Burrows) and career assists leader Rex Morgan.

But Jacksonville hasn’t reached the NCAA tournament since 1986 and hasn’t had a winning record since 2010-11.

bensmith@jg.net

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