This is a little more surprising:
VCU athletic director Norwood Teague said his initial list includes Rams assistant Tony Pujol, Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo, Florida assistant Shaka Smart and Texas assistant Russell Springmann.My response: ????!?!??!!!??!??
Putting aside for a moment how it would further Lebo's career to leave Auburn for a Colonial team (albeit a good one, and you're not going to find me knocking the CAA--but the way to bigger and better jobs probably doesn't lie that way), the finances don't look feasible from here:
His contract runs through 2013 and has a mutual buyout clause. If Lebo left for another job and Auburn decided to enforce the clause, Lebo would owe $375,000 for every year remaining on the contract, or at least $1.5 million.There isn't actually a big difference in Grant's VCU salary and what Lebo's pulling in at Auburn, but that buyout's an awful big chunk of change for tiehr Lebo or VCU or whoever'd wind up paying it.
So I don't think there's anything to see here. But then again, Lebo wouldn't be the first Auburn basketball coach to leave the Plains for VCU, would he?