Former Heel Cherry For The WKU Job?

According to the local media, former UNC player Scott Cherry is a candidate to replace Darin Horn at Western Kentucky.

Cherry, 37, joined the WKU staff this season after serving for the second time as an assistant at George Mason since the 2003-04 season. He also coached at George Mason from 1999-2002 before spending a year at Tennessee Tech. George Mason reached the 2006 Final Four during Cherry’s tenure.

Cherry also earned an endorsement from Horn, who took over at South Carolina on Tuesday after spending five seasons at WKU.

“There’s no doubt Scott Cherry is ready for the job,” Horn said. “He’s deserving of the job and gives WKU the best opportunity to continue forward. I’d love to see him (get the job) because I still love the school, care about it a great deal and care about the players and I’d like to see what we built continue on.”

Before coaching, Cherry played for Dean Smith at North Carolina and won a national championship as a senior in 1993.

This would be a nice move for Cherry should he land the job.

Meanwhile, Billy Packer, in San Antonio covering the Final Four for CBS, expressed misgivings at Western Kentucky considering the former Heel saying it was risky to try and steal a few years with Cherry in the position.

Hat tip to William.


5 Responses to Former Heel Cherry For The WKU Job?

  1. william says:

    He seems to have a nose for being around winners.

    He will always be semi-famous on ESPN Classic for Billy Packer’s call about “what is Dean Smith thinking, he has Scott Cherry in at the end of the game,” or words to that effect.

    Also, Tyler is on the cover of SI again.

  2. w says:

    if pecker doesn’t think scott should be hired, i’d like to know what the real reason is….

  3. Jonathan Starsmore says:

    Well-played shot at the ’93 title game, THF.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:


    I was making light of Packer’s nearly having a heart attack because Dean Smith used Scott Cherry for about a minute in the 1993 title game to give some of the starters a rest. He spent the entire time Cherry was in the game talking about what a bad move it was and how it was a huge risk that turned out to be okay in the end.

  5. Josh Bowling says:

    Let’s welcome another UNC grad to the coaching ranks. I hope he can be successful and become another notch in the North Carolina legend. Jeff Lebo, Warren Martin, Ranzino Smith, George Karl, Larry Brown, Matt Doherty, Billy Cunningham, Mitch Kupchak, etc; and now SCOTT CHERRY!! BTW, THF, does Brad Dougherty really enjoy covering NASCAR?

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