Is Iona's Tim Cluess a candidate for Hofstra, Rutgers jobs?
Could Iona basketball coach Tim Cluess split for another job?
His name has been tossed around in the media as a logical candidate for the Hofstra opening, and now Cluess is generating some buzz as a possible successor to Mike Rice at Rutgers.
Cluess, 54, has built a strong reputation in the college ranks after leading Iona to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. His run-and-gun offense led all Division I teams in scoring this season.
The Hofstra job would make sense on the surface for Cluess. He played for the Pride and lives on Long Island. He also expressed interest in coaching Hofstra in the past.
As Iona learned last month, some coaches find it impossible to pass up the opportunity to return to their alma mater: Women's basketball coach Tony Bozzella resigned to take the head job at Seton Hall, his former school.
But it would be a sad day for Iona if Cluess left. Cluess has admitted that he didn't believe he had any shot at getting the Gaels job when he applied in 2010 because he lacked Division I coaching experience. Iona gambled on him, and then rewarded him with a contract extension, through 2016-17, midway through his second season.
Gaels fans would like to see him repay the school's faith in him with his loyalty.