ABILENE, Texas (BigCountryHomepage.com Sports) — Abilene Christian University’s (ACU) men’s head basketball coach Joe Golding has reportedly told the team he is leaving after numerous reports have surfaced that he has been offered the same job at University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP).
Reports out of El Paso say UTEP offered Golding the head coaching job if he wants it.
According to a BCH Sports source, ACU is trying to match the offer Golding received from UTEP.
According to another source at the school, Golding met with the ACU basketball players on Tuesday to tell them he was leaving.
ACU senior guard Reggie Miller tweeted Tuesday evening that he and his teammates have agreed not to workout until assistant head coach Brette Tanner is offered the ACU head coaching job.
The latest report from BCH Sports affiliate KTSM in El Paso says Abilene Christian and the University of Texas-El Paso are negotiating Golding’s $250,000 buyout.
Golding became a hot commodity this offseason after his Wildcats went to the NCAA tournament for the second time and beat the University of Texas.
That win led to Shaka Smart leaving Texas, Chris Beard taking his place, and Beard hiring UTEP’s head coach as an assistant.
Golding is one of five candidates that interviewed for the job on Sunday and Monday. He was 71-23 as the Wildcats head coach over the last three years and led ACU to a pair of Southland Conference tournament championships.
Neither ACU nor UTEP have confirmed the news.