Towson hoops coaching search: Lonergan tells Tigers “I’m not interested…”

March 29, 2011 | Drew Forrester

Vermont basketball coach Mike Lonergan is no longer interested in being considered for the vacant Towson basketball job and a source tells that Lonergan’s main opposition became the issue of “interviewing” for the position.

“He (Lonergan) wasn’t going to come to Baltimore and have to campaign for a job and convince people at Towson that he was the right guy,” a source familiar with the hiring process confirmed.

“His record at Vermont and his other coaching stops speaks for itself,” the source continued.

Another person indirectly involved in the hiring process indicated that Lonergan informed a search-consulting firm from the beginning that he wasn’t interested in “interviewing” for the Towson job.

“He told Eddie (Fogler) from the start:  ‘I’m not going to interview for the job.  They know what I can do.'”

A contingent from Towson University – including Athletic Director Mike Waddell – will be in Houston this weekend for the NCAA Final Four and will conduct discussions and interviews with possible candidates.

At stake for Lonergan would have been the issue of interviewing for a job at Towson that he eventually might not get — and possibly creating strife at Vermont, where he has turned the Catamounts into a perennial America East championship contender.

“It’s completely understandable that Mike Lonergan wouldn’t want to interview for the Towson job,” the source continues. “He’s either the guy they want to hire or he isn’t.  He doesn’t need to leave Vermont.  He’s happy there.”