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Coaching Carousel Update: Butler Assistant Matthew Graves Hired at South Alabama

South Alabama lands one of the nation's most heralded assistant coaches.

Matthew Graves won't be doing much sitting next season
Matthew Graves won't be doing much sitting next season
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

South Alabama had one of the strangest coaching situations this past season with Ronnie Arrow announcing his retirement 10 games into the season and former Georgia Southern head coach Jeff Price taking over on an interim basis.

Although Price lead the team to a 17-13 mark this season, South Alabama will not retain him as its coach. Instead, the Jags have tabbed Butler associate head coach Matthew Graves for the first chair. He will inherit a team with significant returning talent, including Augustine Rubit, and loses just two seniors who contributed more than 30 percent of the minutes.

Graves is a 1998 graduate of Butler and played for the Bulldogs. He has been at Butler in a coaching role since 2001 and was a big part of the Bulldogs' two Final Four runs. He is widely regarded as a premier recruiter and one of the nation's top assistant coaches.

The official announcement is expected to come from South Alabama this afternoon.

See all of the mid-major coaching changes on our Coaching Carousel page.