WVU continues search for coach
Scratch off two more names from the list of potential candidates for the West Virginia University basketball coaching position.
Jeff Lebo of Tennessee Tech and Bruce Weber of Southern Illinois have informed West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong to remove their names from the list of candidates to replace Gale Catlett , who resigned in Feb. 14.
That leaves Dave Dakich of Bowling Green as the front-runner for the job.
Lebo told the Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tenn., that he informed Pastilong to strike off his name, while Weber withdrew his name Monday.
Dakich, 39, recently completed his fifth year at Bowling Green where he compiled an 89-57 mark. The Falcons were 24-9 this past season and received an NIT berth. Dakich was an assistant coach under Bob Knight at Indiana for 11 years.
Pastilong apparently likes Dakich’s no nonsense approach to coaching and that he trained under Knight.
Others who passed on the West Virginia job were Bob Huggins of Cincinnati, former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd , Kent State coach Stan Heath and Wyoming coach John McClain .
Others interested in the job are Montana State coach Craig Carse , Connecticut assistant David Leitao , Georgetown assistant Ronny Thompson and North Carolina assistant Doug Wojcik .
Three Derry Area High School recruits signed to play college football next season — two with NCAA Division II schools and one with a Division III program. Steve Frye , a tight end/defensive end, is headed to Division II Lock Haven, and Justin Breznik , a tackle/defensive end, to Division II Gannon. Adam Duncan , an offensive lineman/linebacker, will attend Division III Allegheny.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL for a crosscheck against Phoenix forward Daymond Langkow . Foote will forfeit $41,649.48 in salary.
Seton Hill College signed five men’s recruits from the WPIAL. They are Andy Skvarca of Carlynton; John Eckert of Charleroi; Joshua Sobota of Mt. Pleasant Area; Marc Moatz of Thomas Jefferson; and Ryan McCandless of Norwin. The NAIA school also signed Kayla Bittner of Somerset to play women’s soccer.
Tony Stewart made his double-duty plans official yesterday, saying he will not drive in the Indianapolis 500. Stewart, a former Indy Racing League champion, will only compete in the Coca-Cola 600 and not make a third attempt at the grueling 1,100-miles of racing.