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Report: Former Drake coach Mark Phelps could become MU basketball assistant

Updated: 2013-06-17T21:47:32Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith could be close to landing a new assistant.

According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, Haith is adding former Drake coach Mark Phelps to fill out the current vacancy on his staff. A spokesman for the Missouri basketball team said no hire is official, but Haith told reporters last week that he already had a replacement in mind for Rick Carter, who recently left to take a job at Xavier.

Phelps, 47, most recently spent five seasons at Drake, where his teams went a combined 77-86. His best year at the school came in 2011-12, when he led the Bulldogs to an 18-16 overall record and 9-9 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, which were both the best marks of his tenure.

He followed that up with a 15-17 season — which included a 7-11 league mark for the fourth time in five years — and was fired in March. Phelps, who spent 12 years as an assistant at North Carolina State and Arizona State, posted a 148-53 record at a pair of Virginia high schools from 1990-96.

Phelps, a graduate of Old Dominion, would become the seventh assistant Haith has hired since he took the job in April 2011. Haith hired Carter away from Western Michigan last summer, once Ryan Miller left to become associate head coach at Auburn after spending less than three months on the staff.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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