By BRENDAN McGAIR
PROVIDENCE â€“ Memorial Day weekend on Brown Universityâ€™s campus means one thing: Biding graduates adieu.
Come next Thursday, that same campus will roll out the welcome mat for its new menâ€™s basketball head coach. Those same sources say that the two remaining candidates for the job include Pawtucket native and current Brown interim coach T.J. Sorrentine along with Mike Martin, who played at Brown (Class of 2004) and is presently an assistant coach at Penn.
Which direction new Brown athletic director Jack Hayes ultimately decides to go in figures to be closely monitored in the days leading up to next Thursdayâ€™s expected announcement. Will Hayes select Sorrentine, the man whoâ€™s overseen the program since Jesse Agel was fired on March 5, or will Martinâ€™s ties to the Brown community win out? Certainly Jon Rothstein from CBSsports.com thinks that Martin has the job already based on the tweet he fired off earlier this week â€“ â€śPenn assistant Mike Martin will be the next head coach at Brown.â€ť
Apparently Rothsteinâ€™s tweet resulted in Hayes phoning Sorrentine to personally tell the former St. Raphael and Vermont standout that no official decision had been made. As far as the interview process, Sorrentine was given the option of either being the first candidate to be interviewed or the last.
If Martin is, indeed, the choice, what will happen to Sorrentine? Given that itâ€™s almost June, the chances of securing an assistant job at another Division I school appears remote. Then again, Sorrentine could play it safe and opt to remain at Brown, a course of action Preston Murphy followed when Dan Hurley took over at URI.
By the way, this Thursday will mark eight weeks since Hayes was announced as the Bearsâ€™ new athletic director.