Fran Fraschilla in the mix at North Texas?


Seth Greenberg is out of a job at Virginia Tech, but if he wants to try and build on a career as a broadcaster — he did studio work for ESPN this past March — there may soon be an opening available.

Fran Fraschilla, who does color commentary and studio work for ESPN’s college basketball broadcasts and is a former head coach at Manhattan, St. John’s and New Mexico, is reportedly in the mix to replace Johnny Jones at North Texas.

UNT interviewed Fraschilla and Marquette assistant Tony Benford, and according to an Andy Katz source (they work together at ESPN, so is the source Fraschilla himself?), Fraschilla would take the job is offered. It’s not exactly a secret that he wants to return to coaching. He was in the mix for the College of Charleston job.

Fraschilla lives in Dallas and should be able to recruit the state. He may also be able to convince Tony Mitchell, a potential lottery pick that is currently considering whether or not to enter the NBA Draft, to remain in school for another year. With Mitchell back in the fold, the Mean Green has a chance to be a top 25 team next season.

The only thing standing in the way between Fraschilla and UNT is probably the fact that is has been a decade since Fraschilla has run a program.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.