Will we be in need of a new sheriff in Friartown?
Providence Friars head coach Ed Cooley is scheduled to have a meeting this week with the athletic director of the Michigan Wolverines. Nick Baumgardner reported Monday that Cooley, who’s been the coach of the Friars for the last eight seasons, will meet with AD Warde Manuel sometime Monday.
Sources: Michigan AD Warde Manuel expected to speak with Providence’s Ed Cooley about UM basketball job Monday, Juwan Howard on Tuesday.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 20, 2019
Final decision could come this week. https://t.co/xm704PkTtu
Cooley has undeniably had a bountiful amount of success with the Friars. Over the last eight years, he’s amassed a record of 162-110. In conference play, he’s gone 71-73, with a Big East Tournament Championship back in 2014. He helped lead the Friars to five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2014-2018, which is a program record for most consecutive tourney appearances, busting past the previous mark of three.
Michigan is of course one of the better jobs in the Big Ten Conference. Their head coaching job opened up after John Beilein took the vacant job with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month. As noted, Michigan will also be meeting with former Wolverine hooper Juwan Howard, who has been an assistant coach under Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat since 2013.
More on this situation as it develops, of course.