Duquesne probably thought it would be easier to replace fired coach Jim Ferry than this.
The Dukes have had a tough time finding a new face of the program, but that's not the shocking news. Bigger programslike Cal and Oklahoma State had trouble attracting big names to their schools — both eventually promoting assistants — so what chance would Duquesne have of landing a big name if Power 5 schools are struggling to do the same?
What isshocking is just how public the failure to reel in a new head coach has been for the Atlantic 10 school.
After that therewas Ball State coach James Whitford, whoESPN reported had finally filled the opening. ButESPN retracted the report on Friday; James Whitford did not take the job.
As if the embarrassment of having three coaches publicly rebuff your offerwasn't enough, Duquesnereceived more bad news Friday. Their leading scorer, freshman guardMike Lewis II, announced hehasrequested permission to transfer.
Lewis averaged 14.1 points per game in his first collegiate season this year.
So, all in all, theDukeshave had a pretty tough week.