Winning begets winning. South Carolina has been receiving a lot of love for the deep, if unexpected NCAA tournament run this March. Set to face off against he heavily favored Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday, the Gamecocks season has been a roaring success regardless of the outcome.
Playing disciplined team basketball has allowed an experienced South Carolina team advance deeper than anyone anticipated, and other schools are taking notice.
Austin Peay University, located in Tennessee has entered into talks with South Carolina assistant coach Matt Figger to take over head coaching duties for the 2017-2018 season.
South Carolina assistant Matt Figger is in advanced talks to be Austin Peay's next coach, a source told @CBSSports. Deal could be done soon.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 29, 2017
The Austin Peay Governors haven’t had a winning season since the 2010-11 year, though they managed to sneak into the tournament in 2015-16 after finishing 18-18 that season.
The Governors find themselves looking for a head coach for the first time since the 1993-94 season following the retirement of coach Dave Loos. Figger could get the opportunity to take over a program that clearly values stability at the head coaching position.
There is nothing signed and dated yet, but it appears that the two sides are deep into negotiation and could reach an agreement sooner rather than later.