Sources: Oregon, Altman close to deal

Published April 24, 2010

| FoxSports

Oregon is on the verge of finally getting its guy.

According to multiple sources close to both sides, Creighton coach Dana Altman is close to agreeing to a deal that will have him headed to Eugene.

Sources have told FOXSports.com that Altman has been offered the job and the deal could be officially done as early as tonight, but more likely tomorrow.

The Ducks have struck out with big names such as Gonzaga's Mark Few, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Butler's Brad Stevens and Missouri's Mike Anderson since parting ways with Ernie Kent last month. The search is now 37 days old.

Discussions began with Altman and former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny, who is leading the search, on Monday.

"Pat (Kilkenny) continues to speak with multiple coaches about the Oregon job," Oregon senior associate athletic director Joe Giansante told FOXSports.com on Saturday. "But every step of the way, Dana Altman's name has come up in the coaching fraternity. He's talked to a lot of people and without question, he's considered one of the best coaches in the country."

Altman is considered one of the top X's and O's guys in the country and built Creighton into a mid-major power, going to seven NCAA tournaments in the span of nine years before falling off a bit over the past three seasons and failing to reach the Big Dance.

Altman is 327-176 overall in 16 seasons at Creighton and has taken the program to seven NCAA tournaments. He led the Bluejays to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons before going 18-16 this past year.

Altman, 51, also spent four seasons at Kansas State from 1990-94 in which he was 68-54. He also spent one year as the head coach at Marshall.

Altman verbally agreed to take the Arkansas job three years after, but decided to return to Creighton shortly after arriving in Fayetteville.

Altman takes over for Kent -- who was 235-173 in 13 years at the helm at Oregon, but just 24-39 over the past two seasons.

The Ducks were 16-16 this past season and three returning players -- Matthew Humphrey, Drew Wiley and Josh Crittle -- have received their releases and are looking to transfer.

However, Altman will still have a shot to keep two local stars at home as Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross are set to make their college decisions in the next week.

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