Utah State and Montana State coach Danny Sprinkle are finalizing a deal to make Sprinkle the next head coach of the Aggies, Stadium reported Friday.
He would replace Ryan Odom, who departed for VCU after two seasons and one NCAA Tournament appearance.
Montana State qualified for the past two NCAA Tournaments and lost as a No. 14 seed in the first round both years. Still, it was a huge achievement for the Bobcats, who had most recently appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1996.
The Bobcats were 25-10 (15-3 Big Sky) in the 2022-23 season and 81-43 in all under Sprinkle, 46, who played at Montana State. That was his first head coaching job after 20 seasons as an assistant coach at three schools.
The Aggies finished last season at 26-9 (11-5 Mountain West) and lost to the No. 3 seed Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The new coach will need to get to work rebuilding the roster. Since Odom’s departure, three starters — Steven Ashworth, Max Shulga and Sean Bairstow — entered the transfer portal. –Field Level Media