Cooley in the statement said while it's flattering to be considered for other head coaching jobs, Providence is his hometown and the Friars are his family.
"If we get in, I'll be very excited. I hope we do," Providence coach Ed Cooley said. "If we're not, I'm going to be really proud of the guys and the effort that they had. But we left a lot of games on the table with our inconsistent approach in some of the games."