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Penn State Coaching Search: PSU Passes On Brown, Considers Everhart

It might have been Memorial Day weekend, but there was no shortage of Penn State basketball coaching news the past couple of days. 

On Friday, David Jones of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown was interested in the Nittany Lions' vacant head coaching position, but Penn State wasn't feeling the love back. In a phone conversation with Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, Brown was told he wouldn't be considered for the job because of his "lack of recent college coaching experience."

As Jones pointed out in a subsequent piece Saturday, Brown was so willing to come to Penn State, he wasn't even worried about salary.

Terry Resnick, the Lower Paxton Twp. estate planner and longtime friend of Brown who set up the phone call, said Saturday, "Larry told me himself, 'It's not about the money.' He said all he needed was to know that the school was committed to the basketball program."

It seems Penn State is intent on going in another direction, however.

In other news, it appears Duquesne coach Ron Everhart has jumped into the fray according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.

Legendary high school basketball coach Morgan Wootten believes one of his proteges, Ron Everhart, would be a perfect fit as Penn State's new coach.

"I think it would be one of the great marriages ever made, I really mean that," Wootten said Sunday evening. "I can't say enough great things about Ron Everhart."

The Duquesne head coach is on PSU's radar and is scheduled to interview for the job early this week, sources confirmed to the Mirror on Sunday.

Everhart has had success with the Dukes, bringing them back to respectability after they won just three games with Everhart's success at Duquesne, Danny Nee. He does have NCAA violations on his resume from his time at Northeastern, however, so there's a chance that may keep him from being a serious contender at a school that prides itself on doing things "the right way" as Penn State does. We'll see what direction administration decides to go in soon.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for all the latest developments throughout this process.

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