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Ed Cooley Announces He's Staying At Providence After Michigan Interview

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Head coach Ed Cooley of the Providence Friars talks to his players during a time outthe Big East Men's Basketball Tournament first round game against the Butler Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The next head coach of Michigan's men's basketball program will not be Providence head coach Ed Cooley.

Cooley, 49, reportedly interviewed for the Wolverines' head coaching vacancy this week. He was believed to be one of two serious candidates for the position, along with NBA assistant coach Juwan Howard (a former UM star).

The Providence head coach has announced that he's staying where he is.

"IT’S AN EXCITING TIME IN FRIARTOWN!!!" he tweeted.

Cooley has withdrawn from the Michigan coaching search and agreed to a big extension at Providence.

The Providence Journal was the first to report on Cooley's decision:

Ed Cooley is staying in Providence.

According to a source close to the situation, the Providence College men’s basketball coach who has been in contact with Michigan regarding that school’s open coaching job will stay with the Friars.

This could mean that Juwan Howard has emerged as the frontrunner for the Michigan job, though it's possible other candidates could get involved.

Howard is reportedly interviewing for the job this week.