by Charles Rich
It may have been a busy behind-the-scenes weekend on the coaching carousel after all. Mark Turgeon, the Wichita State Shockers Head Coach, is now the reported target for the Texas A&M job. Apparently, it is still in the working out the details before even making a formal offer phase.
Turgeon still needs to agree to the terms of the contract before accepting the position. He is expected to meet with Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne Monday with a possible news conference Tuesday in College Station.
Turgeon is something of a surprise because A&M was reportedly looking to find a coach with "ties" to Texas. Granted, those ties seemed somewhat tenuous in names like Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon (played at TCU, but from California). Turgeon, though, recruits very well in Texas for the Shockers. Also Turgeon has seemed to be one of those coaches in the MVC that seemed to be in a comfortable spot and wouldn't leave unless it was a much bigger job.
Of course the job done by Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M has made it a much more attractive destination.