Report: IU to interview Towson’s Kenny Johnson

With an assistant coaching job still open following Bennie Seltzer’s departure for Samford on April 4, Indiana coach Tom Crean will interview Towson’s Kenny Johnson for the vacancy, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports.

Here’s the scoop, via Goodman’s Twitter account:

Told Indiana coach Tom Crean plans to interview Towson assistant Kenny Johnson this week. Johnson is former AAU coach with Team Takeover.

According to Johnson’s bio on the Towson site, he spent four years coaching at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., as well as six years on the travel circuit with Nike Team Takeover.

Indiana has successfully recruited the Washington D.C. area in recent seasons with current guards Victor Oladipo in the 2010 class and Maurice Creek in 2009. Both Oladipo and Creek played for Team Takeover.

Current 2013 targets Stanford Robinson and BeeJay Anya both play for Team Takeover, which is a Washington D.C. based AAU program. Robinson plays high school basketball at Paul IV.

A move to interview Johnson could mean that Calbert Cheaney has decided not to pursue the opening left by Seltzer and will remain in his role as Director of Basketball Operations. Cheaney has been out recruiting and filling the assistant job on an interim basis in recent weeks.

The job opening is posted online here and states that it will continue to be listed until May 10 or until the position is filled.

  • Marcg41470

    It’s in Baltimore.  IU played them in football a year or so ago (and actually beat them if that’s an indicator of Towson’s football program–although it’s an I-AA school, or whatever the hell they call I-AA now. FCS, I believe.)

    Towson has a guy in the NBA I think, but the biggest thing they’ve been known for in basketball that I can remember was having Tamir Goodman, who was originally highly recruited by schools like Maryland and was called the “Jewish Jordan.” Turns out he wasn’t that good, though. He had some notoriety because he played with a yarmulke on his head.

  • marcusgresham

    Hell, if you can just recruit Dunbar and Oak Hill you have a shot.

  • InsideScoop

    Calbert turned it down. For the record it was offered to him. His family doesn’t even live in Bloomington. Can’t blame him as much as he moved his family during the NBA and doesn’t want to move them again

  • Talking about the Hoosiers

    UCLA just passed up UK for #1 recruiting class by landing Tony Parker

  • knuckledrager

    I thought I read somewhere the C. Cheaney was/has expressed an interest in becoming a head coach? Could be the meds, the lobotomy, or the Anheusers disease. Or of course I could also be in my normal dystopian state. But, I could see not taking the job knowing that he might be going elsewhere soon. I hope not, but……Speaking of but..

  • http://twitter.com/Cehlerding Christian Ehlerding

    I like this hire if it happens. He’ll be a good replacement for Seltzer and really help the recruiting in the DMV so hopefully we could get Robinson or Anya.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Damn… guy looks like a cross between Rerun from “What’s Happening!!” and El DeBarge. 

    But all I care about is whether he can coach. If he’s an asset, that’s all that matters.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    Damn… guy looks like a cross between Rerun from “What’s Happening!!” and El DeBarge. 

    But all I care about is whether he can coach. If he’s an asset, that’s all that matters.

  • Noah Cook

    He obviously can’t coach due to his team’s 1-31 record last year! 

  • Geoff_85

    I’ve heard of head coaches being blamed for a team’s record before, but an assistant? Get outta here with that.

  • Geoff_85

    Thanks for clearing that up Marc. For awhile, I honestly thought Indiana was interviewing an assistant from an old, old wooden ship used during the Civil War era.

  • marcusgresham

    I was answering her, not you. Obviously I knew you were being sarcastic.  “The Towson” was from the Revolution, not the Civil War. ;-)

  • marcusgresham

    “Say, Rog.  Say, Duane.  You fellas wanna be Hoosiers?”

  • marcusgresham

    “Say, Rog.  Say, Duane.  You fellas wanna be Hoosiers?”

  • http://twitter.com/IUMitchell Deon M

    Mutual Respect or Rooney rule in college basketball.  The interview is raising Kenny Johnson stock.  Could be a reward for landing Creek back in the days.  

  • Geoff_85

    Haha that’s awesome.

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