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BREAKING: Popeye Jones reportedly interested in Murray State opening

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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:03 pm

Murray State legend Ronald "Popeye" Jones is interested in the vacant head coaching position at his alma mater, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday afternoon.

According to the source, Jones has not had contact with athletic director Allen Ward but is in the area.

The Murray State job has been open since Sunday, when former head coach Billy Kennedy accepted the position at Texas A&M. Kennedy's top assistant, Steve Prohm, interviewed for the job Wednesday, according to published reports.

Jones is currently an assistant coach with the NBA's New Jersey Nets after spending four seasons as a member of the player development staff with the Dallas Mavericks. His NBA playing career spanned 11 years after he was selected 42nd overall in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Jones played for Murray State from 1988-92 and was OVC Player of the Year in both 1990 and 1991. He is one of only seven Racers all-time to have his number retired.

He is Murray State's fourth all-time leading scorer and first all-time leading rebounder.

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