Monday, March 31, 2008

Is Horn to USC official yet?

Sources tell WIS News 10 that the board of trustees is meeting to approve the contract of Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers basketball coach Darrin Horn, who is expected to be the head basketball coach at USC.

USC is looking to replace former head coach Dave Odom, who retired at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Horn led the Hilltoppers to the NCAA regional semifinals this season and a 29-7 record. Horn is 111-48 in five seasons at his alma mater.

Horn has three years remaining on his contract, which includes a buyout of $157,000 per year and a provision requiring Horn's new school to play four games against the Hilltoppers.
If this is true, this is a huge coup by the South Carolina Gamecocks and a great addition to the SEC.

The State breaks the news that Horn has been hired and reports, also, that the board is meeting to discuss the contract.
South Carolina has hired Darrin Horn as its new men's basketball coach, a source said Monday. Horn leaves Western Kentucky, his alma mater, after five seasons.

The USC board of trustees has been called for a meeting Tuesday at 11 a.m., and the subject is the basketball coaching situation.

Board chairman Herbert Adams confirmed to The State that the meeting, which will probably be via teleconference, is regarding the new basketball coach. But he wasn't aware who the coach would be.

Horn has the leading candidate, sources have said for several days. USC athletics director Eric Hyman called his Western Kentucky counterpart over the weekend to tell him he would be contacting Horn.
Meanwhile, for Western Kentucky University, they are playing the waiting game.
Selig said no other school has contacted him seeking permission to speak with Horn, who has three years remaining on his contract with a $200,000 buyout and a clause for his new school to play WKU in a four-year, home-and-home series.

As far as WKU’s chances of keeping Horn, Selig said, “I think they’re pretty good.”

He added, “I know we’ve been very aggressive with him over the years to support him and the program. (As an alumnus) he is one of us. That goes a long way.”

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