East Lansing – Michigan State assistant coach Dane Fife was offered the head coaching position at Duquesne but ultimately decided to remain in his current position.
On Thursday, CBSsports.com reported Fife was in “advanced talks” to become the next coach at the Atlantic 10 school, replacing Jim Ferry. However, CBS later said he was no longer pursuing the job.
Sources with knowledge of the situation told The Detroit News that talks did progress quickly but it ended up not being the right fit for Fife.
Fife has been an assistant for six seasons under Tom Izzo after six seasons as head coach at Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne, where he compiled an 82-97 record.
The Clarkston native earned Mr. Basketball honors in 1998 after his senior season playing at Clarkston, earning McDonald’s and Parade All-American honors before heading to Indiana. He helped lead the Hoosiers to the 2002 national title game as a senior and later joined Mike Davis’ staff as an administrative assistant.
His name has been mentioned as a longshot choice to replace Tom Crean, who was fired after nine seasons as the head coach at Indiana.