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Report: Illinois State could name new head coach as soon as Monday


According to Jim Benson of the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph, Illinois State could name their new head coach as soon as Monday.

The two frontrunners according to Benson are considered to be current ISU assistant Rob Judson and Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller, who is an Illinois State alum.

A tweet sent out by WHOI (Peoria, Ill.) sports director Jim Mattson stated that the interview process may have been completed.

Muller and Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti, who was an assistant at Illinois State from 1990-93, interviewed with athletic director Gary Friedman on Thursday while Judson had his interview on Friday per Benson.

Muller was a part of Illinois State’s most recent NCAA tournament team in 1998, when the Redbirds beat Tennessee before falling to top seed Arizona in the second round.

The school is replacing Tim Jankovich, who joined Larry Brown’s staff at SMU as the head coach-in-waiting on April 26.

Illinois State, who lost to Creighton in the MVC tournament title game, went 21-14 in 2011-12 and will return all five starters including second team All-MVC forward Jackie Carmichael.

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