NCAA Basketball

Could Detroit Have Lost Their Second Assistant Coach Within the Past Week?


Sure, the off-season shuffle of head coaches and assistant coaches can be tough to track, but most of the time the movement is completed by the time the fall semester begins, at the very latest.

However, news has emerged from Detroit that the Titans’ program is now down not one, but possibly two assistant coaches with another season so close to beginning.

On Wednesday, assistant coach Derek Thomas resigned from the university, effective immediately to pursue other opportunities. This, according to a release from the university. Now, fellow assistant Carlos Briggs may be following suit as he was not in attendance for either of the team’s practices of Thursday or Friday.

According to the Detroit Free Press, much of the circumstances involving Briggs and his status with the team remains in question. The Titans have definitely lost Thomas, but it is unclear whether or not Briggs will return. The report states that phone calls were not answered and personal matters would not be discussed at this time by the school or head coach, Ray McCallum.

Sure, Briggs may just be taking a few days off due to non-related basketball issues, but then again, could the two be connected? Only time will tell.

Thomas’ resignation came on the same day that Detroit athletic director Keri Gaither also stepped away to pursue other opportunities.

All this aside, the timing of the ongoing situation seems strange given the start of the 2012-13 season being only a week away. The Titans are once again expected to be amongst the top teams in the Horizon League and that’s thanks in large part to lead guard Ray McCallum Jr. Detroit qualified for the NCAA Tournament a season ago as a No. 15 seed.

The Titans opens up the year on Nov. 9 against Northern Michigan, a non-Division I opponent.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse