Chattanooga should hire VMI’s Dan Earl as a men’s basketball coach, sources told ESPN.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

Earl has coached VMI – considered one of America’s toughest jobs – for the past seven seasons. He led the Keydets to back-to-back .500 finishes in the Southern Conference in 2021 and 2022, only the second time the program has done so since 2000. After guiding VMI to its first .500 finish in seven years in 2021, Earl was named SoCon Coach of the Year.

A former All-Big Ten point guard at Penn State, Earl began his coaching career in 2006 with the Nittany Lions under Ed DeChellis. When DeChellis left for the Navy in 2011, Earl followed and became the program’s associate head coach.

At Chattanooga, Earl would replace Lamont Paris, who left earlier this month to become South Carolina’s new head coach. Paris has guided the Mocs to the regular season and SoCon Conference Tournament titles this season, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

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