Joel Justus is staying in Lexington. After Kentucky’s assistant coach was named a finalist for the East Tennessee State University head coaching position Wednesday afternoon, multiple reports now say the team has decided to go a different direction. The Buccaneers are sticking with what they know – the team’s interim coach, Jason Shay, is expected to fill the position.
Shay has served as an assistant coach for the team since 2015, and he was named the interim head coach following the departure of Steve Forbes last week. Forbes recommended Shay as his replacement before he starting bad-mouthing the University of Kentucky Tuesday evening.
WJHL Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee posted the report early Wednesday evening.
News Channel 11 sports has confirmed that Jason Shay will be named the new head basketball coach at ETSU. pic.twitter.com/HlJEa6cVBs
— WJHL Sports (@WJHL_Kenny) May 6, 2020
Evan Daniels and Jon Rothstein have the same intel:
ETSU is expected to hire Jason Shay. Shay worked under Steve Forbes at ETSU for the past five years. https://t.co/QHbz38YHIo
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 6, 2020
Sources: East Tennessee State will hire Jason Shay as its next head basketball coach. Official announcement expected soon.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 6, 2020
This post will be updated as soon as the school releases an official statement.
The school has officially announced Shay as the next head coach. The full statement is available here.