Let the Tommy Amaker talk begin.
CBS/Sports Illustrated analyst Seth Davis tweeted today: “I'm hearing that South Carolina has potential interest in hiring Harvard coach Tommy Amaker to fill it's coaching vacancy.”
The Gamecocks have potential interest in a lot of coaches for sure -- and little information is going to come from the Roundhouse.
Amaker is drawing interest because this season he led Harvard: into the top 25 rankings; to its first outright Ivy League title; and into the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1946.
Harvard has won at least 20 games in three consecutive seasons.
He has a lifetime .580 winning percentage in 15 seasons as a head coach at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard.
His main drawback is that he failed to get the Wolverines to the NCAAs in six years at Ann Arbor, though he made two NIT finals.
A Harvard spokesman said Monday he is unaware that South Carolina or any other school has asked to speak with Amaker.
Meanwhile, no word on what’s happening with Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall -- a Gamecock fan favorite because he’s from Greenwood and he coached at Winthrop.
ESPN analyst Andy Katz wrote today that a source with direct knowledge of Marshall’s situation said it would take “monumental offer” to lure him away from Wichita, where he is comfortable.
Efforts to reach a Wichita State spokesman to ask if anyone sought permission to speak with Marshall was unsuccessful Monday.