Boise State head coach Leon Rice has interviewed with Saint Louis University, according to multiple sources including Idaho Statesman's Dave Southorn Sunday evening.
Multiple sources have confirmed with me Boise State coach Leon Rice has interviewed for the Saint Louis vacancy.https://t.co/04iLegjioJ— Dave Southorn (@IDS_Southorn) March 28, 2016
Rice, who has spent each of the last six seasons at Boise State, has compiled a 122-75 record, two NCAA Tournament appearances and a Mountain West regular season title in 2015.
Saint Louis University, an Atlantic 10 Conference member, recently let go of Jim Crews, who spent four years at SLU. Crews' Billikens won 55 games in his first two seasons on campus, but just 11 apiece in 2015 and 2016.
Salary, football and conference power play the biggest parts of Leon Rice's recent connection to Saint Louis. Rice would receive a modest base salary of $650,000 next season if he were to stay at BSU, while Crews made over $850,000 per year at Saint Louis.
Unlike Boise State, SLU does not have a football program. It could be argued that BSU's football success has outshined the basketball program, making it more difficult to recognize Boise State as a "basketball school."
Atlantic 10's recent upswing also makes Saint Louis an enticing destination. The Mountain West Conference, which only sent 14th-seeded Fresno State to the NCAA Tournament this year, is at a low point, while the A-10 has produced 33 NCAA Tournament teams over the last nine years and as many as six in 2014.
It has also been rumored that Saint Louis has been in touch with Valparaiso's Scott Drew, Florida Gulf Coast's Joe Dooley, and former Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford.