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Micah Shrewsberry no longer in running at UMass; Matt McCall a candidate

  • Boston Celtics coach Micah Shrewsberry shouts to his team during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game against the the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, in Salt Lake City. AP

  • Chattanooga head coach Matt McCall reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. AP

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Published: 3/28/2017 10:56:26 PM

According to sources familiar with the UMass coaching search, Boston Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry is no longer in the running to replace Derek Kellogg as men’s basketball coach.

Shrewsberry had a second interview on Monday, but the school decided to go in another direction. Shrewsberry had confirmed his interest in the job to the Boston Herald after the interview.

Shrewsberry, who coached the Boston Celtics summer league team, had been a candidate on the outer edges of the search initially, but after Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey accepted the job and then reneged last week, Shrewsberry’s chances appeared to strengthen.

If UMass doesn’t make an announcement Wednesday, the search could run into next week. Most Division I head and assistant coaches, as well as people hoping to become coaches, will be at the Final Four in Phoenix.

UMass could announce a new head coach from the Final Four, but likely couldn’t introduce him at a press conference in Amherst until next week.

McCALL IN THE RUNNING? — According to different sources, Chattanooga coach Matt McCall has spoken to UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford about the opening and could be emerging as a top candidate.

McCall is 48-18 in two seasons with the Mocs, after taking over for Will Wade, the former VCU now LSU head coach.

McCall, a Florida alum who was a student manager for the Gators, was an assistant at Florida Atlantic (2008-11) and at his alma mater (under Billy Donovan) from 2011-15 before landing his first head coaching job.

McCall has been listed as a possibility at Dayton after Archie Miller was hired at Indiana.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage




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