Will Mark Turgeon be able to keep former Pitt recruit Sterling Gibbs in the fold? (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With the news that Maryland will hire Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon, former Pitt basketball recruit, Sterling Gibbs, commented recently on the prospective hire. He sounds as if he is open to getting to know the new coaching staff, but his mind hasn't been made up about staying or transferring.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Gibbs was scheduled to speak with Turgeon on Tuesday and got his thoughts on the apparent hire:
"I think he’s a great coach," Gibbs said. "I definitely think he’s a good fit for the job. He’ll definitely be a good replacement for Gary Williams."
Maryland assistant coach Rob Ehsan kept Gibbs updated throughout Maryland's coaching search, urging the 6-foot senior to hold off on making a decision about his college future.
"That’s what we’ve been doing," Gibbs said. "I’m just trying to wait to talk to the coaches and see what they’re going to do with Coach Rob. That’ll play a big part in my decision."
I'm not big into recruiting and transfer speculation, but am particularly intrigued by Gibbs. If he decided to leave and if he wanted to come to Pitt (those, mind you, are pretty big 'ifs' to begin with), would they then go back over the scholarship limit this late in the game?