Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jasick Emerges as Top Candidate for JU Job; Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Coach Won 25 Games Last Season

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jasick Emerges as Top Candidate for JU Job; Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Coach Won 25 Games Last Season

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Byline: Gene Frenette

Tony Jasick, who was named the top mid-major coach in college basketball this past season after winning 25 games at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, is the leading candidate for the Jacksonville University basketball vacancy. Both sides continued negotiating a potential contract Monday night without a deal being consummated, sources told the Times-Union.

Jasick, who flew back to Indiana after discussing job parameters with athletic director Brad Edwards in Jacksonville on Monday, has guided IPFW to a 52-47 record the past three years. He took the Mastodons from eighth place in the eight-team Summit League, to fifth, and then a tie for second behind North Dakota State in 2013-14. At the Final Four, he was named winner of the Hugh Durham award, given annually to the top mid-major coach in Division I basketball.

JU remains optimistic it can reach an agreement sometime Tuesday and possibly have a press conference to introduce him on Thursday. Jasick, who could be targeted by other schools with coaching vacancies, signed a contract extension at IPFW last October through the 2017-18 season. If Jasick accepts the job, he would become the third JU coach in history taking the position from another Division I head coaching job, preceding Tates Locke and Durham.

"Things are progressing nicely, we have outlined a lot of the details [for a contract] and hope to finish it up in the next day or so," one JU source said.

Edwards has talked to a dozen candidates about the position, including Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis, Florida assistant coach Mike McCall and Providence High coach Jimmy Martin. Davis took over for Bob Knight at Indiana and guided the Hoosiers to the 2002 NCAA championship game. He went to coach six seasons at UAB before getting fired.

Jasick, a native of Whitehall, Mich., is a 2000 graduate of Mars Hill (N. …

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