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Coaching search: Virginia assistant Jason Williford would be good candidate for PSU job

It’s been eight days since Patrick Chambers resigned under pressure, and Penn State’s basketball season is expected to start in less than a month under interim head coach Jim Ferry.

We’ll try to update the coaching situation from time to time, and here’s a name PSU fans need to keep in mind when the school is ready to hire a new coach:

Virginia associate head coach Jason Williford.

PSU AD Sandy Barbour and the search committee absolutely should take a look at Williford, who would be an excellent candidate.

I have every reason to believe Williford would be interested in the job, and he has the kind of background Penn State will be looking for in many aspects.

Williford has been an assistant at Virginia for 12 seasons under Tony Bennett, one of the best head coaches in the country. Virginia won the national title two years ago.

Williford recruited former Virginia star De’Andre Hunter out of high school in Philadelphia, and he has experience with that vital recruiting hotbed.

Williford played at Virginia in the early 1990s before playing overseas, and he’s been an assistant at Boston University and American.

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Bennett is only 51 years old and won’t be going anywhere any time soon, so if Williford wants to be a head coach, he may have to go out on his own to another school at some point.

Penn State might be looking to hire a minority coach in lieu of what happened with Chambers, and Williford would be a good fit in that and many other ways.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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  1. BR

    October 29, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Good call on coach Williford. He also knows the DC Metro area quite well when it comes to recruiting. I know the nationally know program, Paul VI, in northern Va in a personal level. Coach Williford is a regular recruiting the best in high school basketball. He is a down to earth, relatable coach who is easy to talk to. Would be a huge get for PSU and I hope they get him but my bet is if Williford stays patient, a better job where the university actually cares about the basketball program will eventually come along.

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