CBS Sports college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb is itching to get into coaching, and he's interested in a couple of open positions.
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Tulane Interested in Gottlieb
Tuesday, March 22
Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Advocate reported Tulane is interested in hiring Gottlieb for its vacant head coaching position, along with Yale head coach James Jones.
On Monday, Kushner reported that Gottlieb has interest in the job.
Gottlieb Interested in Becoming Head Coach
This isn't the first time Gottlieb has thrown his name into the running for a coaching vacancy. When the UNLV Runnin' Rebels fired head coach Dave Rice in January, Gottlieb was asked on ESPN Las Vegas 1100/100.9 FM if he was interested in the UNLV job.
"Absolutely," Gottlieb said, per Andy Roberts of SB Nation's Mountain West Connection.
Gottlieb has been involved in the college basketball world since becoming an analyst in 2002, but he's never been a head coach. Whichever program hires him would surely be doing it on a rebuilding basis while also observing Gottlieb's material. But some high-profile college basketball coaches think he could be good.
“The advantages that Doug would have for a guy like that, having played there, he knows exactly what it takes to have success at Oklahoma State,” said Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson, per John E. Hoover of 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma. “He’s got that built-in advantage.”
Texas A&M Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy thinks it would be a rocky start for Gottlieb but could see him transitioning well.
“I would think it would be very difficult,” Kennedy said, per Hoover. “Although, Doug’s been around the game in different ways, with his dad’s involvement in the AAU programs and him being around the game working in the media side of it. It’s a little bit different than most true media guys walking into the profession.”