Sources: Kellogg to be named UMass men’s basketball coach tomorrow

By Eli Rosenswaike, Collegian Staff

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After seemingly having Travis Ford locked up as the Massachusetts men’s basketball coach for “many years to come,” Ford unexpectedly left for more money at Oklahoma State — leaving the job open.

That job is no longer open according to ESPN’s Andy Katz, who reported today — via a UMass source — that Memphis assistant coach Derek Kellogg, 34, will take over the job at UMass.

A source close to the athletic department told the Daily Collegian that the report was “not wrong.”

A press conference regarding the head coaching position has been set for Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Curry Hicks Cage on the UMass campus. The source would not confirm that Kellogg would be introduced at that time.

The press conference is open to the public.

Ford left for OSU late last week, signing a seven-year, $9 million contract. The restructured contract he worked out with UMass after turning down the Providence job was never signed, just verbally agreed to.

Kellogg played under John Calipari at UMass from 1991-95. He joined Calipari’s staff at Memphis for the 2000-01 season and has been there ever since.

Before his time at Memphis, Kellogg was an assistant for two years at George Mason and one season at Youngstown State.