Conroy takes look at Tulane

Ed Conroy

Wade Spees

Less than a week after receiving a job offer from UNC Wilmington, Citadel basketball coach Ed Conroy reportedly was in New Orleans on Monday interviewing for another job.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday that Conroy was among three coaches interviewed on campus at Tulane.

The newspaper said Robert Morris coach Mike Rice and ex-Oregon coach Ernie Kent also were interviewed as the Conference USA school seeks a replacement for ex-coach Dave Dickerson, who resigned after an 8-22 season.

Citadel athletic director Larry Leckonby said Monday he has not been contacted by Tulane, and that Conroy has not informed him of any decision regarding UNC Wilmington.

The Post and Courier first reported last Wednesday that Conroy, who just completed his fourth season at his alma mater, had been offered UNC Wilmington's head-coaching job.

Later in the week, UNCW athletic director Kelly Mehrtens confirmed the offer, telling a Wilmington TV station, "Ed Conroy is our guy."

Like UNCW, Tulane would be a rebuilding job, but a higher paying one. Dickerson had a 68-84 record in five seasons at Tulane, including a 31-47 mark in Conference USA.

Dickerson earned between $320,000 and $400,000 per year, according to the Times-Picayune. The UNCW job will pay between $225,000 and $250,000 per year, according to the Wilmington Star News. Conroy earns about $175,000 after receiving a raise last year at The Citadel.

An offer from Tulane for Conroy could open up a door at UNCW for College of Charleston assistant Mark Byington, who played for the Seahawks. Byington met with UNCW's Mehrtens on Saturday at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

Neither Conroy nor Byington could be reached for comment.