Evansville fired men's basketball head coach Walter McCarty on Tuesday, four weeks after the second-year coach was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation in alleged Title IX violations.
"The University has received reports of unwelcome conduct by Coach McCarty since his arrival in March 2018," Evansville president Chris Pietruszkiewicz wrote in a letter to staff in late December. "We have counseled him about his behavior. In the last two weeks, the University received a troubling report about Coach McCarty's interactions with a member of the campus community. We have placed Coach McCarty on leave while that incident is being investigated."
At the time, McCarty, an Evansville native, was 20-25 as head coach, including 9-4 this season. The Aces shocked Kentucky in mid-November for the first-ever win over a top-ranked team. Since his leave was announced, Evansville said they received additional reports of violations.
With McCarty out, assistant coach Bennie Seltzer will serve as interim head coach. If Seltzer isn't name permanent head coach and Evansville conducts a search, who might they hire? It'll be the first men's basketball hire of Pietruszkiewicz's tenure but the second hire for athletics director Mark Spencer, who hired McCarty in March 2018.
Prior to McCarty's hiring, WEVV-TV reported Calbert Cheaney and David Ragland both interviewed for the opening. Cheaney is an Evansville native who played for Bob Knight at Indiana and is in his second season as an assistant with the College Park Skyhawks of the NBA G League. Ragland, meanwhile, is in his first season on Craig Smith's Utah State staff. He's a Southern Indiana alum who's also spent time at Valparaiso, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana State.
Craig Neal, born in Muncie and raised in nearby Washington, Ind., was on Steve Alford's Iowa and New Mexico staff before leading the Lobos as head coach from 2013-17. He's now back with Alford at Nevada. Other names with local ties to watch: Indiana assistant Tom Ostrom, and Purdue assistants Steve Lutz and Micah Shrewsberry,
Also, Western Carolina's Mark Prosser could make a short list. He's never coached in Indiana and hasn't spent much time recruiting the region but has done marvelous work with the Catamounts this season, his second as head coach.