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Sources: Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice interviews at Saint Louis University

Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice is a candidate at Saint Louis University, according to multiple sources.
Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice is a candidate at Saint Louis University, according to multiple sources.

Multiple sources have confirmed to the Idaho Statesman that Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice has interviewed for the same position at Saint Louis University.

The Bilikens’ vacancy was created after coach Jim Crews was fired March 10 following back-to-back 11-21 seasons. Rice turned down an offer to become Washington State's head coach following the 2013-14 season.

In six seasons at Boise State, Rice has led the Broncos to a 122-75 record, including four straight 20-win seasons. He is set to make a base salary of $650,000 next season at Boise State. His buyout is $200,000 should he depart before March 31, or $210,000 after. He is under contract through 2020-21, having earned a one-year extension with the team’s 18th win. No Boise State men’s basketball coach has left for another job without being fired first.

SLU is a private university, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Crews was making at least $856,455 per season, which he made in the first year of a five-year deal he signed in April 2013. The school is Jesuit-affiliated, like Gonzaga, where Rice spent 11 seasons as an assistant.

An Atlantic 10 Conference member that does not have a football team, Saint Louis reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament three straight years from 2012-14. Other reported targets for the job include former Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford, Florida Gulf Coast coach Joe Dooley and Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew, whose team plays BYU on Tuesday in the NIT.

Dave Southorn: 208-377-6420, @IDS_southorn

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