Report: Southern Miss expected to name Eustachy head coach
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) – According to a published report, Southern
Mississippi is expected to name Larry Eustachy as the head coach of the Golden
Eagles men’s basketball team.
ESPN.com is saying that Eustachy will be formally introduced during a Thursday
afternoon press conference.
Eustachy, who was formerly the head coach at Iowa State, resigned from the
position midway through the 2002-03 season after he was photographed holding
a beer can and kissing a female student on the cheek in a Columbia, Missouri
apartment after a loss to Missouri.
The 48-year-old Eustachy admitted to being an alcoholic and apologized for
his behavior hours before the school’s athletic director Bruce Van De Velde
made his recommendation to the university that he be released.
The Cyclones went 17-14 in 2002-03.
He acknowledged earlier this year that he had stopped drinking and had been
sober for over 10 months and wanted to get back into college coaching.
In 13 seasons as a head coach, including stints with Idaho and Utah State,
Eustachy has a career record of 260-145. The Cyclones were 101-59 in
his five years at the school, including winning the Big 12 Championship in
both 2000 and 2001.
Eustachy, who was named national coach of the year in 2000, led Iowa State to
the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament that season.
Eustachy will replace James Green, who resigned one day before Southern Miss’
regular season came to an end. Jeff Norwood, an associate head coach under
Green, served as interim head coach for the Golden Eagles’ final regular
season game and for their opening-round loss to Saint Louis in the C-USA
The Golden Eagles, who finished 13-15 and just 6-10 in conference play this
season, closed out the campaign by losing five of their last six games.
After winning a share of the 2001 Conference USA regular season championship,
Southern Miss has had three straight losing seasons.