The coaching search that never ends has reached its 81st day

Take a glance at Chicago State's basketball page, and you'll find that the lead story is the photo to the right announcing the Cougars' search for a new coach.

Nothing out of the ordinary, right? Except that the coaching search has been the lead story now for 81 consecutive days now.

Almost three months after Chicago State athletic director Sudie Davis fired coach Benjy Taylor in the wake of a disappointing 9-23 season, he still has not managed to settle on a replacement. Davis told ESPN Chicago on June 16 that a new coach could be in place by the end of that week, yet another three weeks have passed with acting coach Matthew Muhammad still in charge of the program.

"We think getting the right coach is the right thing instead of chasing a deadline," Davis told ESPN Chicago.

If Oregon's lengthy search to find a replacement for Ernie Kent and DePaul's quest to fill interim coach Tracy Webster's job seemed to drag on far too long, Chicago State is making both schools look speedy by comparison. Other programs have assistants in far-flung corners of the country throughout the crucial July recruiting period, yet Chicago State must attempt to recruit for 2011 and beyond without even being able to tell prospective players who its head coach is.

A source told ESPN Chicago last month that Muhammad, Illinois State assistant Paris Parham and Illinois-Chicago assistant Tracy Dildy are all candidates for the position. Let's hope Chicago State chooses someone soon before this gets any more embarrassing.