Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU's Decision No Cliff-Hanger; Warren Hiring to Be Revealed by Dolphins Today

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JU's Decision No Cliff-Hanger; Warren Hiring to Be Revealed by Dolphins Today

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Byline: ALEX ABRAMS, The Times-Union

Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Cliff Warren accepted the Jacksonville University head coach job Monday night and will be introduced at a news conference today, sources close to the situation told the Times-Union on Tuesday.

Warren, who helped lead Georgia Tech to the 2004 NCAA national championship game as an assistant to Paul Hewitt, will be introduced at 2 p.m. today at Swisher Gymnasium.

Warren, 37, will be the first black head coach in any sport in school history, and JU officials hope he can bring the basketball program back to the level of success it enjoyed in the 1970s and '80s.

Dolphins athletic director Alan Verlander said Tuesday he would not comment on the school's choice until today. But when asked to describe Warren, he said, "He's been at the highest level of college basketball but also has been at the level of JU and has been successful there. He has proven that he can do it at every level."

The hiring of Warren puts to end a month-long coaching search that began March 21 when Hugh Durham decided to retire after going 106-119 in eight seasons with the Dolphins. Durham, the winningest Division I coach in school history, retired with one year remaining on his contract.

Valdosta State coach Jim Yarbrough was also a finalist for the JU job, and he and Warren were brought in Monday for second interviews with Verlander and university president Kerry Romesburg.

"I left the campus hopeful and feeling good, but at the same time, I don't think there was ever a time that I didn't have any question marks," said Yarbrough, who was informed of the school's decision Tuesday afternoon before meeting with his players at Valdosta State.

After meeting with Yarbrough on Monday afternoon, sources said Verlander and Romesburg met later in the day to discuss the finalists. …

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