Arizona coach Sean Miller isn’t the only former Pittsburgh Panther to say he has no interest in returning to the school.
Mississippi State coach Ben Howland, who served as Pittsburgh’s head coach from 1999-2003, said “thanks, but no thanks” to returning to his old job, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
“Howland is happy in Starkville, doesn’t want to leave after a year — and has a highly regarded recruiting class coming in for next year,” Goodman added.
Mississippi State has recruited well of late. Howland’s 2017 class, which includes seven players, is ranked sixth in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite.
Additionally, four of the seven signees are included in 247Sports’ top 100 players for the Class of 2017, and six are four-star prospects.
In 2002, Howland led Pitt to a Big East championship and a Sweet 16 appearance en route to Big East Coach of the Year honors. He took the Panthers to the Sweet 16 again the following season and was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award.
The Pittsburgh job opened this week when Jamie Dixon left after 13 seasons to take over at TCU, his alma mater.