FAMU AD Overton: Strickland candidate for basketball job, but no written contract offered

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- South Florida assistant coach Rod Strickland has been offered the head coaching position for Florida A&M University Men's Basketball, according to sources.

However, FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton confirmed that Strickland is a candidate for the position Wednesday, he would not say that the job has been officially offered with a written contract.

Overton told WCTV's Asher Wildman that Strickland that a list of 20 coaches has been cut down to seven or eight.

Other coaches, including Southern University associate head coach Mo Scott and James Madison assistant Byron Taylor also interviewed for the vacant position. Taylor is a former FAMU basketball player.

Former FAMU head coach Byron Samuels and the program parted ways after the season.

Strickland, has been an assistant coach at USF since 2014. Prior to USF, he worked under John Calipari at both the University of Kentucky and University of Memphis.

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

Overton said Wednesday that Strickland hasn't been part of a targeted search.

WCTV will update this story as more details become available.