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USF adds prospects from Maryland, Butler

By PETE YOUNG, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 15, 2003

TAMPA -- South Florida athletic director Lee Roy Selmon accelerated the coaching search last weekend in his quest to replace Seth Greenberg.

With just a few days before the spring signing period that begins Wednesday, Selmon has contacted Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson and has been trying to arrange a meeting with Butler's Todd Lickliter.

Dickerson's name has come up for several openings, including Clemson, where he interviewed before the Tigers hired former Dayton coach Oliver Purnell.

"I know he's been mentioned for South Florida, and he's checking into it," Maryland sports information director Mark Gratto said. "They've been in touch. He prefers to be low-key about these things. He's got no comment at this time."

Selmon was not in his office Monday and was unavailable for comment.

Dickerson, 36, has been on the Maryland staff seven seasons, helping the Terrapins to a 173-63 record, including the 2001-02 national championship. A 1990 Maryland graduate who played four seasons for the Terps, Dickerson was an assistant at Radford four seasons before joining Gary Williams' staff at Maryland.

Lickliter, who turns 48 Thursday, is 53-12 in two seasons at Butler, a small, private school in Indianapolis. Last week, Butler athletic director John Parry told the Times he had not been contacted for permission to speak with Lickliter. Butler sports information director Jim McGrath said, however, Selmon contacted Parry on Friday and Parry denied Selmon permission to speak with Lickliter because they are working on a contract extension.

But Parry gave Selmon's phone number to Lickliter with his permission to call. McGrath said Parry and a representative for Lickliter worked on the extension Sunday -- Lickliter is signed through 2006-07 -- and they expected to meet again Monday night.

"(Parry) said he is optimistic that it could get done (Monday night)," McGrath said.

Lickliter graduated from Butler in 1979. This season he guided the Bulldogs, who play in the Horizon League, to a Sweet 16 appearance (their first since 1962) with wins over Mississippi State and Louisville.

Lickliter also is a 1977 graduate of Central Florida Community College, and he has recruited in this area. Bulldogs freshman Jeff James is from Wharton High, and oral commitment Brian Ligon is a senior at Lakewood.

Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard had been expected to interview with Selmon last weekend. Willard was not available for comment, and Holy Cross sports information director Larry Napolitano said he did not know his whereabouts or if he had met with Selmon.

Willard, 57, is 220-170 in 13 seasons at Western Kentucky, Pittsburgh and the past four at Holy Cross. He led the Crusaders to three consecutive Patriot League titles.

Selmon's choice likely will be offered a financial package similar to what Greenberg earned, which was below the Conference USA average. This season, his seventh, Greenberg's base salary was about $160,000 and his total compensation package about $250,000. His total compensation at Virginia Tech, where he was announced as coach April 3, will approach $500,000 annually.

Early last week Selmon interviewed USF assistant David Zimroth and Florida assistant Anthony Grant, but Grant withdrew from consideration Thursday. The spring signing period runs through May 15. The Bulls have at least one available scholarship.

DYNAMIC BULL: USF center Will McDonald had a strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament last weekend. In three games, the 6-11 McDonald had 19.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks in 28 minutes a game. McDonald shot 10-of-13 from the field, scored 21 and had 10 rebounds in a consolation game loss.

UTAH: Guard Marc Jackson, a 6-1 sophomore from Salt Lake City, is leaving the team. Jackson, who averaged 9.3 points and 2.8 assists, told coach Rick Majerus he no longer had the desire needed to play. He will stay at Utah and graduate.

FSU WOMEN: Florida State is not expected to add a player when the late signing period begins Wednesday. The NCAA granted a sixth year of eligibility to center Trinetta Moore, and FSU signed a ballyhooed class in the fall, headlined by Jacksonville Ribault guard Dorian Williams. She was a first team All-America selection and is Parade magazine's top backcourt player.

-- Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report, which used information from the Associated Press.

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