Published Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 9:20 pm / Updated at 9:38 pm
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Doc Sadler in no hurry to leave Jayhawks

As the college basketball coaching carousel begins to spin, Doc Sadler is glad he doesn't have to jockey for a spot unless he wants to.

Sadler, fired a year ago at Nebraska, said he is happy as the Kansas director of basketball operations and can stay at KU.

That gives him the luxury of looking for a head coaching job while getting paid by the Jayhawks and cashing a monthly settlement from Nebraska into 2016.

“If there is something that comes open that I am familiar with,” Sadler said Tuesday from Lawrence, Kan., “or a place that has a chance to compete for a conference championship, then I would consider trying for something.

“I'm not interested in just being a head coach. I want it to be a situation where I truly believe they've done it and are going to do it.”

Sadler's name already has surfaced in speculation at Texas Tech.

Billy Gillispie, Sadler's longtime friend, resigned before the season, heading off a firing after 15 players transferred in his 18 months on the job. Chris Walker was named interim coach.

Last week, Tech fired six basketball staff members but, in a puzzling move, kept Walker for now. The Red Raiders finished 11-20 overall and 3-15 in the Big 12.

“I would definitely be interested in Texas Tech,” Sadler said.

From 1991 to '94, Sadler was a Tech assistant under James Dickey and recruited several of the players on the Red Raiders' 30-2 team in 1995-96. Sadler and his wife often spoke fondly of their years in Lubbock, Texas.

Sadler said he wouldn't rule out any head coaching job if it fits his criteria.

“Whatever level it is, I could care less about,” he said. “It's going to be where I like the administration and the program has had some success.”

Already, 20 Division I jobs have opened. One filled Tuesday when Missouri-Kansas City hired Louisville assistant Kareem Richardson, who was the lead recruiter on Omaha Central all-stater Akoy Agau.

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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