- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 23, 2006


Cincinnati has been given permission to speak to George Washington coach Karl Hobbs, according to GW athletic director Jack Kvancz.

Hobbs, who recently completed his fifth season with the Colonials, is believed to be among the top candidates for the Bearcats. The Cincinnati job opened after Bob Huggins was fired before this season.

“I have given them permission to talk to Karl,” Kvancz said, referring to a conversation that took place earlier this week.

Hobbs did not return phone calls yesterday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Enquirer listed Murray State coach Mick Cronin as the front-runner for the Big East job with Bearcats interim coach Andy Kennedy also a possibility. George Mason coach Jim Larranaga was considered a long shot.

Hobbs owns a 91-56 record in five seasons at GW, including reaching the NCAA tournament the past two years. The Colonials set a school record for wins while going 27-3 this season, including a 16-0 mark in the Atlantic 10 regular season. The Colonials advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Duke.

Hobbs, 44, spent eight seasons in the Big East as a Connecticut assistant before coming to GW.

Jon Siegel

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