Report: UMass coach Derek Kellogg a candidate for South Florida opening

Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014
A trip to the NCAA tournament has helped make University of Massachusetts men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg an attractive candidate at other schools.

The Tampa Tribune reported that South Florida is considering Kellogg for its vacancy. USF had agreed to a deal with Manhattan coach Steve Masiello, but pulled out when a background check revealed he did not complete his degree at Kentucky.

Masiello’s deal was for more than $1 million per season.

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Louisiana Tech coach Mike White was also mentioned as being in consideration, while Mercer coach Bob Hoffman, and assistant coaches John Pelphrey (Florida) and Stan Jones (Florida State) were listed as possible candidates.

Kellogg has recruited Florida effectively at UMass. Freddie Riley, Cady Lalanne and Tyler Bergantino all have Sunshine State roots.

Former UMass coach Travis Ford was a target of South Florida in 2007, but withdrew from consideration a year before taking the Oklahoma State job. USF instead hired Stan Heath, who was fired after seven years and a 97-130 record.

Kellogg, who was voted the District I (New England) coach of year, just completed the second year of a contract that runs through 2016-17. With incentives his annual compensation is close to $800,000 per season. He received the extension after the Minutemen advanced to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals in 2012.

Kellogg is 109-86 in six seasons in Amherst, including 70-33 over the last three seasons. UMass finished 24-9 this year and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998.

Kellogg could not be reached for comment.

Reports over the past week have Boston College focusing its coaching search on Harvard coach Tommy Amaker. Kellogg is a likely candidate at BC if Amaker chooses not to accept the job.

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