The search for The Citadel's next basketball coach seems to be entering its final stages, with the focus narrowed in on three candidates.

VMI head coach Duggar Baucom, Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell and Merchant Marine Academy coach John Krikorian all have interviewed for the job, several sources close to The Citadel program have told The Post and Courier.

Citadel athletic director Larry Leckonby said Wednesday night that he has one more "visit" to conduct on Friday. Whether that is a second interview with one of the three known candidates or an interview with a fourth candidate is unclear.

The interviews with Baucom and Driesell were reported in The Post and Courier earlier this week. Neither could be reached for comment.

Reached at his office Wednesday in Kings Point, N.Y., Krikorian declined to comment on his involvement with The Citadel.

A 1996 graduate of Penn, where he earned a degree in systems engineering, Krikorian also has been an assistant coach at Penn, Lafayette and the U.S. Naval Academy.

He has been head coach at Merchant Marine, a Division III school, since 2006-07. His 2009-10 team went 24-5 overall and 12-2 in the Landmark Conference, winning the school's first league title. The Mariners advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

The Mariners were 15-12 overall and 10-4 in the league in 2008-09, 12-13 and 7-7 in 2007-08 and 14-12 overall and 9-7 in 2006-07.

Baucom is 69-81 in five seasons at Virginia Military Institute, including a 10-19 record last year and a 24-8 mark two years ago.

Driesell, son of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, just finished his fourth season as an assistant Maryland. He has also worked at James Madison, and was head coach at Division III Marymount for six years.

The Citadel is seeking a replacement for Ed Conroy, who took the job at Tulane two weeks ago.