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Michigan basketball head coach candidate Ed Cooley staying at Providence

Cooley is staying on the east coast

Providence v Villanova Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Michigan basketball needs a new head coach and the search for one has picked up of late. Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich interviewed on Friday, Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard is interviewing today, and Providence head coach Ed Cooley interviewed on Monday.

The fit between Cooley and Michigan must not have been a good one, as it was announced on Tuesday that Cooley will be staying put at Providence.

Cooley’s Statement:

“While it’s very flattering to be considered for other head coaching jobs, after talking with my family I have decided to remain in my hometown of Providence. The Friars are my family. Most importantly, my commitment is to my players and my team at Providence. I am extremely grateful to Father Brian Shanley, Athletic Director Bob Driscoll, the donors, season ticket holders and fans for all that they have done for me and my family. They have helped make Providence basketball one of the best jobs in the BIG EAST and the country. Their commitment and support with resources and other means has made me realize what a special place Providence College is. A few months ago we opened the best practice facility in the country – the Ruane Development Center. I also want to thank and appreciate my lawyer Dennis Coleman for all his insight and guidance.”

The 49 year old Cooley has compiled a 162-110 record at Providence, but has only went 71-73 record in the Big East, and is just 1-5 in the NCAA Tournament.

Maybe more candidates will emerge, but right now it sounds like it could be down to Yaklich and Howard for the job.