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Former Duke Star Greg Paulus Reportedly Lands Interim Head Coaching Job

Greg Paulus on the sideline.

CHAMPAIGN, IL - FEBRUARY 15: Assistant coach Greg Paulus of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at State Farm Center on February 15, 2014 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State won 48-39. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Former Duke point guard Greg Paulus' basketball career came to an end back in 2009. Since, he has been working his way up the coaching ladder, and today, has reportedly landed his first head coaching role, albeit through strange circumstances.

Paulus will reportedly be named interim head coach of the Niagara Purple Eagles. That job was just filled in April by Patrick Beilein, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers and former Michigan and West Virginia head coach John Beilein.

Beilein took the job in April, after four years at Division II school Le Moyne. According to reports by just about every college hoops insider over the last few minutes, he will step down.

The Twitter account "Coaching Changes" appeared to break the news first, and it was quickly confirmed by Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, Jon Rothstein, et al.

Paulus, who joined the first-year staff in the spring, will reportedly be named as the interim head coach in Beilein's stead.

It is unclear as of now what led to this decision. As Rachel Lenzi of The Buffalo News notes, Beilein had back surgery last month, but it hasn't been said that the two are related, as of now.

After four years playing point guard under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, Greg Paulus made the rare move to play a second NCAA sport, spending one season as the starting quarterback at Syracuse, his hometown program. From there, he returned to the college basketball world, with assistant coaching stints at Navy, Ohio State, Louisville, and George Washington, before signing on to be the No. 2 guy on staff at Niagara under Beilein. Now, he appears to have his first head coaching gig at just 33 years old. We'll have more on the Niagara basketball situation as it is released. It certainly seems like a strange situation with the Upstate New York program. Update: Beilein has put out a vague statement about the decision:

Once again, we'll have more as it comes out.