Ex-Va. coach Holland a candidate for S.C. post


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Davidson College athletic director Terry Holland was in Columbia, S.C., on Friday night to talk with South Carolina officials about the school's vacant basketball coaching position.

And a source said South Carolina had reduced its number of candidates for the job to three. Among them are Holland and former Purdue and North Carolina-Charlotte coach Lee Rose.

Holland had said he was not interested in the job in the past, but a source close to the process said Holland, a former Virginia coach, had been contacted by South Carolina officials recently. Holland could not be reached for comment Friday night.

There are two other possible finalists, Kansas assistant coach Jerry Green and George Karl, coach of the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association. Green said Friday he had not been told he was a finalist, and Karl could not be reached for comment.

Apparently, no one has been offered the job yet, but that could happen any time in the next several days, a source said.

Rose, Green and Karl met with South Carolina athletic director King Dixon and several other search committee members Wednesday or Thursday in Chicago, as did Minnesota assistant coach Al Brown. Brown is considered a long shot.

Holland, 49, had a 418-216 coaching record in five seasons at Davidson and 16 at Virginia. His Virginia teams twice reached the Final Four, and he's taken teams to 10 NCAA and four NIT tournaments. Holland has been at Davidson for just one year but orchestrated the Wildcats' return to the Southern Conference.

Rose, 53, is director of player personnel for the Milwaukee Bucks. He took two college teams -- North Carolina-Charlotte in 1977 and Purdue in 1980 -- to the Final Four. He then coached six years at South Florida but left in 1986 to become an NBA assistant.

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