Among the names flying around regarding Tennessee basketball’s search for Bruce Pearl’s replacement, one has emerged as the front-runner, according to a report at least. Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com and ESPN 1040 says Lawrence Frank, Boston Celtics assistant, is the No. 1 candidate to take over for interim coach Houston Fancher.
Frank is also thought to be the most likely successor should Doc Rivers decide to take some time off from NBA coaching, meaning he’d have his choice between pro basketball’s premier franchise and a decimated program at a women’s hoops school if all reports are accurate.
Frank was an assistant Vols coach for three seasons after serving as manager for Bob Knight at Indiana in the ‘90s. He’s also coached at Marquette and for the Grizzlies and Nets, where he started one season 13-0 and another 0-16, before coming aboard in Boston.
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