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ACC Coach Tells On3 Who Could Win at West Virginia



West Virginia Dustin Kerns
App State Athletics

Jamie Shaw of On3 Sports surveyed various anonymous coaches at the Power-5 level on the West Virginia men’s basketball job. The coaches answered different questions about what the WVU job could entail and what attractions it may have.

When asked about the right candidate for the job, a coach specified a head coach that could win at West Virginia.

“I think someone like Dustin Kerns at App State would be good here,” an ACC coach told Shaw.

Another ACC coach told Shaw that WVU needs to hire an up-and-coming coach that has the personality to be a big figure in the state.

Kerns is one of the mid-major coaches that have been linked with the West Virginia job. Kerns is currently coaching his fifth season at Appalachian State, winning 60% of his games.

App State is having a great season, currently sitting at 24-5 (14-2 Sun Belt) with a signature non-conference win over Auburn. Right now, Joe Lunardi has App State as the Sun Belt Champions, getting the automatic bid as the 13-seed.

West Virginia will most likely open its job at the conclusion of the season, as WVU AD Wren Baker will evaluate interim HC Josh Eilert’s job. Eilert, regardless of circumstances, has the Mountaineers sitting at 9-19 (4-11 Big 12) with just three regular season games to go. West Virginia could realistically look at Mark Byington (James Madison), Niko Medved (Colorado State), Kerns and other mid-major coaches coming this spring.

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