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REPORT: ETSU hires interim coach Jason Shay, NOT Joel Justus

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.

Evan Daniels and Jon Rothstein have the same intel:

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.

Article written by Maggie Davis

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5 Comments for REPORT: ETSU hires interim coach Jason Shay, NOT Joel Justus

  1. binarysolo
    6:17 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Waiting for Jason Shay’s hiring announcement video where he tears off his surgical mask and screams “LET’S GO!!!!”.

  2. nousername
    6:23 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink


  3. Not Dan Issel
    6:50 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Good. I think Coach Justus is starting to come into his own, and he will be a real benefit to UK in the years ahead. I know every assistant coach hopes to become a head coach one day, but in the interim it is good that he is still here.

  4. Catcasey1
    8:15 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Give them a barber

  5. Han
    10:25 pm May 6, 2020 Permalink

    Feel bad for Justus if he wanted it, but he’ll get a job soon. It is interesting that Cal’s staff has been static for so long, though. Justus wasn’t an assistant when he took over Robic’s spot but has been with the team for like 6 years, so we haven’t really had a new guy come in since Barbee.