It didn't take very long for deposed Rhode Island coach Jim Baron to attract serious interest in his services.
A report in the Buffalo News, written by good friend Rodney McKissic, indicates that Canisius has offered its position to coach its men's team to Baron.
Baron, according to the report, is negotiating additional funding to better pay assistant coaches in order to build a stronger infrastructure in the program.
So, it's not a done deal yet. And, while waiting on Baron, Canisius athletic director Bill Maher, according to the report, is still talking to other candidates in case Baron doesn't accept. One of those still under consideration, according to McKissic's story, is Jayson Gee, the associate head coach at Cleveland State and a former assistant at St. Bonaventure.
It does appear that Canisius is seeking someone with western New York ties. Baron served as the head coach at St. Bonaventure from 1992 to 2001. He moved from there to Rhode Island where he had four consecutive 20-victory seasons before a 7-24 finish this past season.
While at Bona's, his teams earned an NCAA at-large berth in 2000 and three NIT appearances. His Rhode Island teams went to the NIT five different years but never made it to the NCAA's.
No matter who ultimately takes over at Canisius, he walks into a terrific situation. The Golden Griffins return all five starters along with three quality transfers who become eligible next season ... and all three are expected to have a significant impact in the program.