Eagles eye Metress for job opening

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Augusta State coach Dip Metress is drawing interest from officials at Georgia Southern, a Division I school.

Dip Metress confirmed Friday that Georgia Southern is interested in him for its vacant head coaching position.

The Eagles have called the Augusta State athletic department asking about Metress, who has led the Jaguars to consecutive NCAA Division II Final Four appearances. As of Friday afternoon, the fifth-year Augusta State men's basketball coach had not spoken directly with anyone from Georgia Southern.

"It's an honor that they called," said Metress, who is 115-43 with the Jaguars.

The Statesboro, Ga., school is looking to replace Jeff Price, who resigned after leading the Eagles to an 8-22 record this season. Georgia Southern, which is reported to be under investigation by the NCAA, also is expected to contact Georgia Tech assistant coach Charlton Young, a former Eagles guard, according to the Savannah Morning News .

Metress, meanwhile, continues to look ahead toward next season. After leading the Jaguars to a school-record 30-5 campaign, he is trying to fill the void left by 7-foot, 291-pound All-American senior center Garret Siler.

"I'm recruiting for Augusta State right now," Metress said. "In coaching, you have to recruit for your own job."

At a Martinez-Evans Rotary Club meeting Friday, Metress talked about traveling to Senegal with the Augusta State Study Abroad program in May.

"I've never been to Africa for recruiting," he said. "I'm anxious to get over there.

"We're going to have to go international to find size. (International players) have no idea what the difference is between Augusta State and the University of Georgia. They're here to get an education."

The Jaguars returned home from the Division II Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass., two Fridays ago. When Metress got back to work three days later, his returning players were in the gym working out.

"That is why we've had success," he said.

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