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Liberty reportedly interested in UM assistant Meyer

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Jeff Meyer

One of the keys to Michigan's success in recent years has been the continuity that coach John Beilein has been able to maintain with his coaching staff, with assistants LaVall Jordan, Jeff Meyer and Bacari Alexander.

But the band could be facing a departure, according to a report by ESPN's Jeff Goodman, who says Meyer is "in the equation" for the vacant head coaching job at Liberty.

Liberty finished this season 8-24 overall and 2-16 in the Big South and fired head coach Dale Layer after an 82-113 record in six seasons. Meyer helped Liberty to three Big South titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament in his tenure.

With the Wolverines, Meyer has been the recruiting coordinator and worked with the wing players, including Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Caris LeVert, in recent years.

Meyer, 60, previously served as head coach at Liberty from 1981-97 — the only time in his 36-year coaching career that he has been a head coach.

Meyer has been on Beilien's staff as an assistant coach for the past five seasons and to prior to that as an administrative specialist. Previously, he was an assistant at Indiana (2006-08), Missouri (2004-06) and Butler (2001-04), and an associate head coach at Winthrop (1998-2001).

Meyer began his career as an assistant at Purdue (1978-80) and South Florida (1980-81) before heading the program at Liberty.

In his 16 seasons in Lynchburg, Va., Meyer compiled a 259-206 record, becoming the Flames' all-time winningest coach. He aided in the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 1981 and to Division I in 1988. Liberty reached its first NCAA Tournament in 1994 and tied for the regular-season conference title in Meyer's final season, in 1997.

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