USC head basketball coach Darrin Horn said today through a team spokeswoman that he has not been contacted by Murray State about its coaching vacancy and is not interested in the job at the Ohio Valley Conference school.
Web reports linked today the Gamecocks' third-year coach with the opening after Billy Kennedy took the job at Texas A&M over the weekend.
But the rumor made little sense since Kennedy made $275,000 a year at the school in Kentucky. Horn earns $1.1 million a year and has four seasons left on his South Carolina contract.
Horn, a native of Kentucky, was an assistant coach at Morehead State in the Ohio Valley Conference from 1997-99.
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The coach is coming off two straight losing seasons in Columbia and has been criticized by some fans after four players left the team following a 14-16 campaign.
But Horn, who has helped boost team academics and led the Gamecocks to a share of the SEC East title in his first season, enjoys the support for athletics department and USC Board of Trustees leaders.