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Terriers' Young receiving interest from other schools, including Clemson

Wofford head basketball coach Mike Young has emerged as a candidate for at least three open head-coaching slots in the college ranks, including one at nearby Clemson.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported Wednesday that Young, who led the Terriers to their first Southern Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, has had informal discussions with UNC Wilmington.

A day later, reported that Young is among three coaches interviewed by Clemson for its vacant position. Oliver Purnell left the Tigers for DePaul last week after six seasons at Clemson.

So far, Clemson is the only school from one of the so-called "power conferences" to reportedly contact Young.

Sources also say that Charlotte has become a suitor for Young's services. Charlotte, a member of the Atlantic 10, fired Bobby Lutz in March after 12 seasons and a 215-158 record with the 49ers. He is Charlotte's winningest head coach.

Young led the Terriers to a 26-9 record this past season, a season that included a 13-game winning streak that ended in a heartbreaking 53-49 loss to fourth-seeded Wisconsin in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

In other local basketball, Furman is seeking the successor for Sam Dixon, who resigned as the Paladins' women's basketball coach March 16 after eight seasons. Dixon was 102-136 at Furman.