As we mentioned earlier in the day Murray State coach Billy Kennedy has reportedly been contacted by Texas A&M in regards to the vacant head coaching position. As the day has unfolded, several more names from outside the power conferences have emerged as potential options to fill the position. According to separate reports from Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle and Billy Liucci of the Maroon & White Report in addition to Kennedy, Tommy Amaker, Ben Jacobson and Johnny Jones are all potential hires as well.
Amaker just concluded his fourth season at Harvard and nearly took the Crimson to the NCAA Tournament, finishing with a 23-7 record and a berth in the NIT. The former standout Duke player has experience coaching in a major conference, having produced winning records in stints with Seton Hall and Michigan. There's also no questioning his ability to build a winner, having taken Harvard from 8-22 in his first season with the program to back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Jacobson has significantly less experience as a head coach but the results have been no less impressive. In five seasons at Northern Iowa he has won a pair of conference regular season and tournament championships, twice been named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year and has produced a record of 109-56. He has never won less than 18 games in a season and of course helped lead the Panthers to the Sweet 16 in 2010.
Then there's Jones who we've talked about in the past as a possible candidate for a BCS job. Since 2001 North Texas has gone 172-132 under his guise, having produced five straight 20-win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in that stretch.
There are several other names in the mix for the Texas A&M post including Doc Sadler (Nebraska), Tad Boyle (Colorado) and most recently even Jeff Van Gundy has been mentioned as a possible candidate. Of the ones above though, Amaker is probably the best candidate, though it seems unlikely he would leave his current position at Harvard. The next man up would appear to be Jacobson.
We'll have more information as it becomes available.