Weber close to hiring Chris Lowery

By Joshua Kinder

The first addition to Bruce Weber’s staff is close to a done deal. The Kansas City Star reported on Sunday night that the new Kansas State coach was close to finalizing a deal with Chris Lowery, who was fired from the head-coaching job at Southern Illinois after this past season.

Lowery, who was the head coach of the Salukis for eight seasons, would be the first assistant to join Weber’s staff.

Lowery worked under Weber as an assistant for three years — two at Southern Illinois and one season at Illinois. As a head coach at Southern Illinois, Lowery posted a 145-115 record. In his first three seasons on the job, he went 78-25 and made the NCAA tournament in all three seasons. But in his last five years, the Salukis posted just a 67-90 record.

If Lowery officially accepts the offer from Weber to join his staff, that would leave two more assistant-coaching slots to fill., the website that covers South Carolina, reported on Sunday that Frank Martin’s former staff at K-State is expected to join him in entirety at South Carolina, including Brad Underwood.

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