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State of roster amid a coaching change

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — It’s mid-May and the national college basketball coaching carousel has nearly stopped while the NCAA transfer portal is closed. This is supposed to be a quiet time of year.

Except for the University of Evansville.

Head coach Todd Lickliter and the entire staff were fired May 5 unexpectedly, leaving UE and South Carolina State as the only openings. The timing is awkward because the previous staff already signed at least four incoming players. It’s also unknown if anyone else will pursue an NCAA waiver to transfer after five others left since March.

Meanwhile, UE and the search firm TurnkeyZRG have begun interviewing candidates to take over the Purple Aces. Perhaps that announcement will come later this week. Little information about the search has leaked otherwise.

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