Names come and go as coaching searches drag on -- just ask the athletic director at UNC Wilmington, closing in on the three-month mark in its seemingly unending quest.
Little more than a week after the departure of basketball coach Ed Conroy for Tulane, five names have bubbled to the surface in The Citadel's search for a new coach.
Will one of them get the job? Citadel athletic director Larry Leckonby probably doesn't even know at this point. Leckonby said Thursday he hopes to begin interviews next week.
Meanwhile, here's a brief background check on five could-be candidates:
--Jim Yarbrough, head coach at Southeastern Louisiana. The 44-year-old Yarbrough was an assistant at College of Charleston from 1994-2000, helping John Kresse guide the Cougars to a 153-28 record, three trips to the NCAA tournament and two to the NIT.
In 10 seasons as a head coach at Valdosta State and Southeastern
Louisiana, Yarbrough has a record of 178-110. That includes seasons of 16-12, 16-14, 17-13, 13-17 and 19-12 at Southeastern Louisiana, which plays in the Southland Conference.
Indications are that Yarbrough could be interested in a return to Charleston. As of Wednesday night, he had not been contacted by The Citadel. As of Thursday, Leckonby had not contacted Southeastern Louisiana AD Bart Bellairs for permission to speak with Yarbrough.
--Marty McGillan, assistant at Winthrop. McGillan also has plenty of Lowcountry experience; he has worked at Coastal Carolina (1996-97), The Citadel (1997-2001) and College of Charleston (2001-02) as well as Wright State, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington.
Some former Bulldog players give McGillan, a 1990 graduate of UNC Wilmington, a lot of credit for The Citadel's successes under Pat Dennis, including a 15-win season in 1997-98 and a 16-12 mark in 2000-01. McGillan has declined to comment on The Citadel job.
--Rob Moxley, ex-assistant at Charlotte and Maryland. In 12 seasons at Charlotte under Bobby Lutz and two at Maryland under Gary Williams, the 42-year-old Moxley gained a reputation as an effective recruiter.
In 2007, Rivals.com named him one of the top 25 recruiters in the country, and Basketball Times included him in its top 16 "Friends of Junior Colleges." His work at Charlotte included landing juco standouts Charlie Coley and Lamont Mack.
How well those recruiting skills translate to The Citadel will be up to Leckony to decide; the two developed a relationship during their years together at Maryland. Moxley has expressed interest in The Citadel and already has interviewed for the opening at Gardner-Webb, where he was an assistant.
--Earl Grant, assistant at Wichita State. Grant is yet another former Citadel assistant, working under Dennis from 2002-2004. From there, he went to work for Gregg Marshall at Winthrop, and then went with Marshall to Wichita State in 2007. He was a standout player at Stall High School and graduated from Georgia College, where he was All-Peach Belt Conference.
Grant declined comment on The Citadel. With 10 years in the business, though, it makes sense for Grant to start throwing his hat in the ring for head coaching jobs.
--Ken Potosnak, former assistant at Auburn and South Carolina. The 42-year-old Potosnak has lots of Southern Conference experience, with stints at The Citadel (1992-97) and Furman (1997-2005) before working for Dave Odom at South Carolina (2005-08) and Jeff Lebo at Auburn (2009-10).
Potosnak has made inquiries about The Citadel job, but could not be reached for comment.
These five basketball coaches have been mentioned in connection with The Citadel:
Name Current/last job Local experience
Jim Yarbrough Head coach, SE La. C of C
Marty McGillan Asst., Winthrop Citadel, C of C
Rob Moxley Asst., Charlotte None
Earl Grant Asst., Wichita St. Citadel
Ken Potosnak Asst., Auburn Citadel, Furman