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Tuesday’s Daily Briefing: McCall leaves big shoes to fill for FAU

After news broke out of Gainesville that FAU assistant coach Matt McCall was indeed heading back to the Gators bench, I spent a large portion of the day trying to remember when an FAU basketball assistant made such a leap.

I couldn’t come up with one, but that isn’t surprising. The FAU basketball program has never been on stable footing like this before, and McCall had plenty to do with that.

McCall was a solid recruiter, who had great relationships with coaches throughout the state. Of course, he was instrumental in landing two products from the Gainesville area – guards Greg Gantt and Dennis Mavin.

McCall’s departure will create a void, but the opening likely will be filled by another qualified coach. After all, Jarvis isn’t just a shrewd evaluator of players, he also has an eye for developing coaches. McCall worked his way up at UF from student manager to director of basketball operations, but it was Jarvis who made McCall an assistant coach and sent him out on the road recruiting for the first time.

Three years later, McCall will be an assistant in the SEC.

So who is the next FAU assistant?

Rest assured there will be plenty interested in this job. Early names I am hearing are Pete Gash, FAU’s current Director of Basketball Operations, and former FAU guard Earnest Crumbley, who is coaching at Redlands Community College.

Jarvis wants to have his staff set quickly, so he may not venture too far outside the family for this one.

No matter who it is, due to McCall’s solid work the last three seasons, they will be stepping into a good situation.

Owl Links

We talked to FAU coach Mike Jarvis about McCall's departure for this story.

Other linkage

More on McCall: / Gainesville Sun / Orlando Sentinel / Jacksonville Times-Union

Also, FAU tight end Rob Housler has quite a fan club in Buffalo. Who knew?


April 26, 2011

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