When Kent State basketball team signs former coach James Creighton, it will change the landscape of college basketball
Kentucky’s basketball team has signed former head coach James “The Process” Creighton as its new head coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Creighton had been with the Wildcats for only four years when he was hired by former coach John Calipari in December.
He had been hired by the University of Kentucky as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski in 2006.
KSU athletic director Mike Bianchi told The Associated Press on Friday that Creighton has a strong interest in taking over the program, but it is a process.
“The process is ongoing, but we’re confident he’ll be a very successful coach at KSU,” Bianchi said.
“His track record speaks for itself, and we’re excited about his continued involvement.”
Creighton’s hiring comes after a tumultuous few months for the Wildcats, which saw two coaches fired and several assistants leave the program.
Kentucky finished 6-13 and fell out of the NCAA tournament after losing to the Louisville Cardinals in the first round.
Crewneys team finished with a loss in the Elite Eight of the NIT tournament.
In March, the school’s basketball program lost coach Jim Boeheim to Louisville.
Creaney had been one of the top candidates for the position.
He was a member of Kentucky’s staff from 2007 to 2011 and led the Wildcats to a second straight national title in 2014.
KU athletic director Pat Haden also announced the hiring of Creighton.
He joined the university in 2011 after serving as the head coach at Georgia Tech.
Creancy won the NCAA national championship as a senior in 2006 with Kentucky and led Kentucky to a third consecutive national title during his two seasons as a head coach.
In addition to Kentucky, the Wildcats have other programs in play for the coaching vacancy.
Indiana, which has been searching for a new head coaching job, is looking to replace Rick Pitino as the Hoosiers’ head coach as well as for a position at the University at Albany, sources told ESPN.
Purdue is also in the hunt for a replacement for Mark Few.
Kentucky also has interest in Tennessee’s Mike Krulak, the former head of the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Associated High School Basketball Association has named Creighton to its All-America team for the 2017-18 season, and the athletic department has been looking for a head coaching position, sources said.
Creany joins the Wildcats with a record of 14-20 over his five seasons at Kentucky.
The Kentucky-bound coach will take over a program that finished 15-39 in his first two seasons.
Creannon averaged 20.3 points per game during his tenure, but the Wildcats dropped to 7-10 in his final two seasons with Creighton at the helm.