Now that former head coach Steve Prohm has taken the Iowa State job, Murray State needs to find his successor. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the university has two candidates in mind: assistant coach William Small and former assistant Matt McMahon.
Though neither man would be a name hire, the fact that Murray State is considering them both is a great idea. Small was an assistant on the coaching staff for all four of Prohm’s seasons with the Racers, and his relationship with the players and fans would help make for a smooth transition into the new era.
Then there’s McMahon, who also served on last year’s coaching staff but left for Louisiana Tech after the Bulldogs hired Eric Konkol as their new head coach. Given how McMahon and Konkol go way back, it was no surprise that he tweeted his excitement at being his old friend’s head assistant.
Whether McMahon will stay at Louisiana Tech remains to be seen. Like Small, he too knows the Murray State players and could ensure a smooth transition into next season. The idea of being a head coach instead of an assistant could also too good an opportunity to pass up.
If the Racers come-a-calling again, one can only imagine McMahon would have a hard time turning them down.
No interviews have even been conducted at this point and this story is still very much in the early stages, but Campus Sports will update it as more details become available.
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