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Basketball Coaching Search: Day Two

On Day One of Kansas State’s search for a new basketball coach we examined a few of the known candidates for the job.

Today, we do the opposite. Here is a look at everyone we know who is out of the running or wasn’t interested from the beginning:

Mark FoxThe Georgia coach is a Kansas native and worked for the Wildcats as an assistant from 1994-2000. He was also highly successful as the head coach at Nevada and has taken his teams to four NCAA Tournaments. That track record combined with his connections to K-State had some thinking he would make a push to come back to Manhattan. But it doesn’t seem like he is interested. He sent out a tweet yesterday to reassure Georgia fans that he will remain with the Bulldogs.

Kelvin SampsonI don’t know that anyone was tossing his name around for the job, but Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel reports he is not a candidate. Sampson was a successful coach at Oklahoma and then Indiana before a string of NCAA recruiting violations forced him out of the college game and into the NBA. Sampson is a respected assistant with the Houston Rockets, and has been mentioned as a potential head coach in the NBA. But he remains under the NCAA's dreaded show-cause penalty through 2013. Don’t expect any college to seriously look at him until after that expires. (more…)