Source: Buckley has interviewed with Northern Illinois

Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley has interviewed for Northern Illinois’ head coaching position, a source said Saturday.

ESPN Chicago reported earlier Saturday that Buckley was one of four candidates being considered for the job, including Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti, Purdue assistant coach Paul Lusk and South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy.

The position at Northern Illinois opened earlier this month when Ricardo Paton was fired after four seasons. The Huskies finished 9-21 overall, 5-11 in the Mid-American Conference this season.

Buckley has worked under Tom Crean at Indiana for the past three seasons and at Marquette for a year before the staff moved. He was also an assistant at Iowa and the head coach at Ball State for six seasons, posting a 143-139 record. He has been instrumental to the Hoosiers in their in-state recruiting efforts.


  1. For what it is worth I heard on Thursday Dane Fife is in the running for the HC opening at Bradley.

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