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.
IT’S AN EXCITING TIME IN FRIARTOWN!!!
— Ed Cooley (@CoachCooleyPC) May 21, 2019
Cooley has withdrawn from the Michigan coaching search and agreed to a big extension at Providence.
Ed Cooley has agreed to a multi-year extension with Providence & has withdrawn from Michigan’s coaching search, per a release.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 21, 2019
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.