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Louisiana Tech players petitioning on Twitter for Dusty May to get head coaching job

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Louisiana Tech guard Kenneth Smith (4) shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UTEP in Ruston, La., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kita Wright)


The coaching carousel has turned its focus to Ruston, Louisiana.

On Thursday night, Louisiana Tech’s Michael White agreed to become the next head coach at Florida, replacing future Hall of Famer Billy Donovan. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported on Friday that White will bring assistants Jordan Mincy and Darris Nichols with him to Gainesville.

That leaves one spot left on White’s staff for Louisiana Tech associate head coach Dusty May. Although, current and former players have made it clear that they want May to be promoted and take over the Louisiana Tech program.

Even though players like Kenneth ‘Speedy’ Smith, the 2015 Conference USA Player of the Year, have exhausted their eligibility, that hasn’t stopped them from voicing their support via Twitter.

He’s been with the program through the ups and downs before coach white so he knows what it’s going to take. #MayDayInRuston

— Kenneth Speedy Smith (@04speedro) May 8, 2015

Breaking news. The people want Dusty May #MayDayInRuston

— Kenneth Speedy Smith (@04speedro) May 9, 2015

It’s only right! We want #DustyMay #MayDayInRuston — Dayon Griffin (@DG10_) May 9, 2015

Praying D. May get this job man. It’ll be very tough to stay here without him.

— Erik McCree (@ErikMcCree2) May 8, 2015

I think my mentor, and coach Coach May should get the job next at Tech he has all the potential to take us to the next step #DMay

— Mike Kyser (@M_D_K1) May 8, 2015

May joined Kerry Rupp’s staff in 2009 and stayed on during White’s tenure. The Bulldogs won three consecutive regular season conference titles -- one in the WAC, two in C-USA -- going 83-24 in that span. According to Sean Isabella of the News Star, Louisiana Tech athletic director Tommy McClelland said he would “consider an internal hire.”

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