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Reid among S. Alabama's coach prospects

Fired Brigham Young basketball coach Roger Reid was to be interviewed Wednesday for head coach at the University of South Alabama.

Paul Graham, an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, and former Wisconsin head coach Steve Yoder both interviewed on campus Monday, the Mobile Register reported Tuesday.South Alabama assistant coach Tommy Wade, 40, and former Appalachian State coach Tom Apke, 50, interviewed Friday.

Other prospects may be interviewed over the next few days, school President Fred Whiddon said.

"We hope to announce a new coach on Friday," Whiddon said. "I'm highly pleased with all the candidates so far."

Whiddon declined to discuss specific candidates but has said he plans on hiring a new coach before the Jaguars begin practice on Oct. 18.

Bill Musselman resigned last week to take an assistant coaching job with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Graham and Yoder were both interviewed by South Alabama's 13-member search committee, toured the campus and then met privately with Whiddon and Ron Rosenberger, special assistant to the president.

Graham has never been a head coach but has been with Oklahoma State under coach Eddie Sutton for five years. The Cowboys went to the 1995 Final Four, and Graham has been to the NCAA Tournament three times with Oklahoma State.

Sutton, who said he gave South Alabama permission to talk with Graham last week, said Graham came in second for head coaching jobs recently at North Texas, Southwestern Louisiana and Wichita State.

"I think he would be a heck of a head coach," Sutton told the Register on Monday. "I never hire a coach unless I think he has the potential to be a head coach."

Yoder has been out of coaching since 1992 and is currently an advance scout for the Los Angeles Lakers and a TV analyst for the Big Ten basketball network. He told the Register he was impressed with South Alabama.

"It's very exciting to have a new arena being built," he said. "I'm a career coach. I've been wanting to get back into coaching for some time and have been waiting for the right opportunity. I think this is one."