Florida A&M has offered its vacant head coaching position to current USF assistant coach and former NBA player Rod Strickland, according to reports.

FAMU had been searching for a head coach since the school dismissed Byron Samuels on March 17 after three seasons.

A WCTV (Tallahassee, Florida) report indicated that Strickland had been offered the position after the university interviewed Southern associate head coach Mo Scott and former FAMU basketball player and James Madison assistant Byron Taylor.

Strickland has been an assistant at USF since 2014. Before his coaching stint at South Florida, he was an assistant under John Calipari at Kentucky and Memphis being credited in recruiting the likes of NBA stars Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and John Wall.

Born in New York, Strickland played college basketball at DePaul in Chicago, leading the Blue Demons to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Sweet Sixteen twice.

Strickland then played in the NBA 20 seasons with the Portland Trailblazers, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks among others.

A New York City native who played college basketball at Depaul, Strickland played in the NBA from 1988-2005.


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