Nance Is Selected at Washington; Majerus to Take Over at Utah
Three college basketball coaching jobs were filled Monday, as Washington picked Lynn Nance, Utah tabbed Rick Majerus and Tennessee named Wade Houston.
Nance, a former player and assistant coach at Washington, led St. Mary’s to a 25-4 record and the West Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championship last season. He was a candidate for the job four years ago, when it went to Andy Russo, who resigned under pressure March 22.
There was no official announcement at Utah, but the university has called a press conference for today and Ball State president John E. Worthen announced that Majerus has resigned there. Majerus, the coach at Marquette from 1983-86, had been at Ball State for two seasons and guided the Cardinals to a 29-3 record and the Mid-American Conference title in 1988-89.
Houston, an assistant at Louisville, became the first black head basketball coach in the Southeastern Conference when he agreed to a five-year, $850,000 contract with Tennessee. He was an assistant to Denny Crum at Louisville since 1976.