The Citadel athletic director Larry Leckonby met with the Bulldogs' basketball team Sunday night, his first chance to talk in person with the players since coach Ed Conroy left for Tulane.
Whether Leckonby can keep the entire team together seems to be an open question.
Standout freshman Harrison DuPont told his hometown paper, The Oklahoman, that he plans to transfer. And sophomore guard Cosmo Morabbi also is considering leaving, telling The Post and Courier he's waiting to meet the new coach before deciding.
But DuPont and Morabbi were both at Sunday's meeting, and neither has informed Leckonby of a decision to leave.
"(Harrison) has not told me that," Leckonby said. "He and I have only had one conversation since (Conroy) left, and I hope to sit down with him in the next couple of days."
DuPont, a 6-5 forward from Midwest City, Okla., started 19 games and averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds for the 16-16 Bulldogs, making the all-Southern Conference freshman team. He was not made available for comment after Sunday's meeting, but told The Oklahoman he is struggling with The Citadel's military demands.
"Something had to give, and I wasn't going to let it be my schoolwork or my game," he told the paper. DuPont's coach at Carl Albert High School, Jay Price, told The Post and Courier on Friday that DuPont was unhappy and looking for a new school.
Meanwhile, Leckonby said he's received inquiries from close to 100 coaches interested in the job, and that he will meet with Citadel president Lt. Gen. John Rosa today.
Citadel players are hoping that assistant coach Doug Novak is hired.
"Of course all of us want Coach Novak to be our head coach," said all-SoCon guard Cameron Wells, one of eight rising seniors. "He knows the offense, he knows the defense, he knows us, so of course he'd be our first option."