The Nevada Wolf Pack are settling in for their first NCAA Tournament in a decade as they take on Iowa State Thursday night, but there is some news away from the court that could impact Nevada.
Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman has done amazing things in his two years in Reno with a CBI Tournament champion in his first year and then winning the Mountain West double-double in year two.
The life of a successful coach not from a non-power league is volatile if they have success.
With the season over for some teams that means coaching jobs will open and one of the first coaching changes happened with Cal as their head coach Cuonzo Martin left to take the head coaching job at Missouri with a seven-year deal worth $21 million.
In multiple podcasts this year, and in our most recent tourney preview show, we discussed that Musselman’s success could led to another job, and specifically the Cal job.
Early reports are that Musselman will be a candidate for the opening out West, per Adam Zagoria.
Current Nevada and former NBA coach Eric Musselman is expected to be a candidate at Cal, per multiple sources. Wolf Pack are in the Dance.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 15, 2017
There will be some competition for the opening as St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett is also reportedly in the mix.
Musselman has spent time in Northern California as he was an NBA head coach for Golden State (2002-04) and also with the Sacramento Kings for just the 2006-07 season. That is an area where he has the most connections and likely would take.
There are two other jobs open as of now with Washington and LSU, the latter which Musselman was an assistant coach the year prior to taking the head coaching job with Nevada.
There is an allure with coaching at a bigger program and also the paycheck that comes with that. Currently, he makes $400,000 per year and he could easily triple that amount at nearly any power conference job that opens up.