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Creighton assistant Terrence Rencher plans to leave for Oklahoma State
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Creighton assistant Terrence Rencher plans to leave for Oklahoma State

Terrence Rencher

Terrence Rencher was hired by Creighton in November 2019 after he previously coached at San Diego.

How quickly can Creighton reload? It's a big offseason for Greg McDermott.

Creighton assistant Terrence Rencher plans to leave the CU program to take a similar position at Oklahoma State.

No official announcement has been made, but Rencher has reportedly been a target for the open OSU coaching spot for several days. The World-Herald confirmed Tuesday that Rencher intends to join the Cowboys' program.

Rencher becomes the second Creighton assistant to leave the team this offseason. Purdue announced Monday that Paul Lusk had accepted an assistant coaching job with the Boilermakers, where he served as an assistant from 2004-11.

Rencher hasn't coached in the Big 12 before — but he starred in the old Southwest Conference as a player at Texas.

The Bronx native will join OSU head coach Mike Boynton, a fellow New York City product. The Cowboys just lost assistant Cannen Cunningham, whose brother Cade is a projected NBA draft lottery pick this summer.

It won't be new territory for McDermott, who's made three assistant coaching hires since 2017.

He brought on Alan Huss to replace Steve Lutz, who accepted a similar position at Purdue in 2017. Longtime assistant Darian DeVries got the Drake head coaching job in 2018, and McDermott hired Lusk to fill that spot. Former assistant Preston Murphy was placed on administrative leave in March 2019 due to his links to the college basketball bribery scandal — he resigned eight months later and Rencher took his place.

The Jays are also dealing with some roster turnover this offseason after reaching their first Sweet 16 since 1974.

Starters Christian Bishop (transfer), Denzel Mahoney (NBA draft) and Damien Jefferson (NBA draft) have all announced that they will not return to CU. Two more starters, Marcus Zegarowski and Mitch Ballock, still have decisions to make.

Creighton currently has three open scholarships to hand out for next year's squad.


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