MU interim coach Tim Fuller reportedly is a candidate for Florida A&M job

04/21/2014 1:07 PM

04/21/2014 1:07 PM

Missouri interim coach Tim Fuller has emerged as a candidate for the Florida A&M head coaching vacancy, according to Jeff Bozrzello of CBS Sports.

Fuller was appointed as the Tigers’ interim coach Friday after former coach Frank Haith accepted the head coaching job at the University of Tulsa.

When asked if he was interviewing for the Florida A&M job, Fuller told The Star in a text message, “I am under contract at Mizzou until June 30 — I will weight options after that.”

Fuller also served as Missouri’s stand-in head coach during the first five games of the 2013-14 season during as Haith served a five-game NCAA suspension for his role in the Nevin Shapiro booster scandal at the University of Miami.

Missouri athletic director Mike Alden wouldn’t discuss if Fuller was a candidate to replace Haith during a news conference Friday at Mizzou Arena.

All Alden would say is that Fuller “is a heck of a basketball coach and he’s a heck of a guy as well, but as far as talking about who those candidates will be out there or whatever, I’m just not going to get into that.”

Missouri already lost its other two assistant coaches from Haith’s staff.

Dave Leitao followed Haith to Tulsa along with strength coach Todor Pandov and Mark Phelps accepted a position on Marquette’s staff April 8 after former Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski was hired.

Florida A&M’s athletic director is former Missouri football great and NFL Hall of Fame tight end Kellen Winslow, a St. Louis native.

Without head coaching experience, aside from a 5-0 record to start last season, Fuller wasn’t expected to garner serious consideration as Haith’s successor. He has been at Missouri for three seasons.

Fuller is a Woodbridge, Va., native and a Wake Forest graduate. He was chosen in 2012 by ESPN as one of the top 10 college basketball assistant coaches under 40 years old.

Fuller checked in at No. 3 ahead of Wojciechowski, who was ranked fourth, and No. 7 Kevin Ollie, who led Connecticut to the national title earlier this month in his second season as head coach.

Fuller’s previous stops as an assistant coach include Louisville, Wake Forest, Fairfield, North Carolina A&T and Elon College.

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