UNCW confirms offer to Conroy

Citadel head basketball coach Ed Conroy was offered the UNC Wilmington job.

As the college basketball world gathers in Indianapolis for the Final Four, the coaching carousel is hitting top speed.

Citadel coach Ed Conroy, on board for the second straight year, has an offer in hand from UNC Wilmington, the Seahawks' athletic director has finally confirmed.

And there may be more opportunities popping up.

Marshall University, for one example, is seeking a head coach and reportedly has interviewed ex- College of Charleston head coach Tom Herrion. Appalachian State coach Buzz Peterson and ex-Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz also are reported by several sources to be in the mix at Marshall.

When asked about his interest in Marshall, which plays in Conference USA and paid former coach Donnie Jones (now at Central Florida) between $400,000 and $500,000 per year, Conroy declined to comment Friday.

Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick is in Indianapolis and had four interviews set for Friday and one for today, according to a report in the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail. Conroy also is attending the Final Four.

Meanwhile, UNC Wilmington athletic director Kelly Mehrtens acknowledged Thursday night that she has offered the Seahawks' head coaching job to Conroy.

The Post and Courier first reported the offer Wednesday morning, but Mehrtens told a Wilmington television station Wednesday night that she had made no offer to anyone.

"I have offered the position to Ed," Mehrtens said. "I can't get into specifics, but we have had conversations throughout this week."

UNCW, a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, is seeking a replacement for coach Benny Moss, who was fired in midseason in January.

Conroy, who has won 36 games in the last two years at The Citadel, was a candidate at Appalachian State last spring before receiving a raise at his alma mater. He currently earns $175,000 per year and is under contract through 2015. A requirement that he pay $100,000 to buy out his contract upon leaving The Citadel expired on March 31.