Good evening. Back with more on Leon Rice’s decision to take the head coaching job at Boise State.
Rice interviewed for the job earlier this week and I figured he was definitely in the mix when he didn’t return phone messages over the last three days! This was one of the more hush-hush searches I can remember with BSU and the primary candidates declining to discuss the opening publicly.
The Broncos have seven seniors and three starters returning, so Rice (pictured with head coach Mark Few) won’t be starting from scratch. BSU was 15-17 last season.
By Jim Meehan
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Gonzaga associate head coach Leon Rice has accepted an offer to become the head coach at
Rice joined Gonzaga’s basketball staff shortly after Mark Few was promoted from assistant coach to head coach in 1999. Rice was promoted to associate head coach in 2007.
Rice was offered the BSU job Wednesday night and accepted the position Thursday afternoon, sources said. He will replace Greg Graham, who was fired after compiling a 142-112 record in eight years. The Broncos were 15-17 last season and averaged just 3,061 fans per home game at 12,380-seat Taco Bell Arena.
Under Graham, BSU advanced to the postseason three times: one NCAA Tournament, one NIT and one CBI. Graham’s annual salary was $362,500.
Rice was one of at least three candidates to interview at
Rice is the second assistant coach from Few’s staff to land a head coaching position. Bill Grier took over as head coach at
Rice was generally considered the favorite to be the next head coach at Gonzaga if Few were to move on to another job. With Rice accepting the BSU job, it could be an indication that Few, who is reportedly high on
Rice was apparently en route to
Rice entered the coaching profession in 1987 as an assistant for the Pasco High boys’ team. He was on Don Monson’s staff at