When Jerry Stackhouse became Vanderbilt’s head basketball coach in 2019, the speculation was that if he were successful here, he would become a candidate for the North Carolina job if and when Roy Williams retired.
Roy Williams has retired, Jerry Stackhouse has a 20-37 record in two years at Vanderbilt, and the Raleigh News & Observer reports that Stackhouse interviewed for the North Carolina job over the weekend:
North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham interviewed a lineup of men’s basketball coaching candidates suggested by former coach Roy Williams and all have ties to UNC, according to two sources familiar with the process.
The list included, but was not limited to, current UNC assistant coaches Steve Robinson and Hubert Davis, Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse, Monmouth head coach King Rice and UNC Greensboro head coach Wes Miller. In addition to interviewing for the head coach position, one source indicated several candidates were also asked their interest in joining the staff in a supporting role.
On the one hand, you’d think that Stackhouse’s record at Vanderbilt would be a difficult sell for North Carolina fans — then again, that’s not an impressive list of candidates, what with the best name on the list being a guy with a 185-135 record and two NCAA Tournament appearances in ten years at UNC-Greensboro.
Anyway, this may have just been a courtesy interview. We’ll see if anything develops here.