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Louisville assistant linked to A-State job

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)

It's been less than a week since Grant McCasland left A-State to take the head coaching job at the University of North Texas, but the Red Wolves may not have to wait long to figure out his replacement.  

On Friday, KAIT sources gave us an indication that current Louisville assistant Mike Balado was a possible candidate for the head coaching vacancy.  

Also on Friday, current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Louisville players talked about Balado's possible move to a head coaching position.  

"He came in very hungry, enthusiastic, hard-working coach and now he's learned at a certain point to take over his own job, he's more than ready," Pitino said. "I just want him to make sure. I don't want him to leave, I want him to stay, same with Kenny and David. I just want him to make sure he takes the right job because certain guys sometimes take the wrong job."  

"Coach Balado is a great coach, he understands schemes," Louisville sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell said. "He'll, in practice, he'll tell me Coach will call out a play and tell me make this read and I'll make it and I'll look good and then I'll look at Balado and he'll be like I told you so. Stuff like that. He's a great coach, fun guy to be around. If the time came to it, he'd definitely be ready to coach in the NCAA tournament." 

On Saturday, more and more reports linked Balado to A-State, with ESPN even reporting Balado is currently in negotiations with A-State over the head coaching job.  

Balado has been with Louisville since 2013 as an assistant coach.  

Before Louisville, Balado coached mostly in Florida, with stops at the University of Miami, Florida International University, and Florida Atlantic University. 

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