Doherty hasn't coached since 2002-03 season

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Former North Carolina coach Matt Doherty
interviewed for the vacant position at Florida Atlantic and appears
to be the front-runner of the school's five finalists.

Doherty toured the campus and met with athletic director Craig
Angelos and school president Frank Brogan on Wednesday. It isn't
known when the school expects to announce a new coach.

Doherty, 43, succeeded Bill Guthridge at North
Carolina in 2000, but he lasted just three seasons, going 53-43
before resigning after the 2002-03 season.

He had previously served as head coach at Notre Dame for one
season (22-15), and was an assistant for seven seasons at Kansas
under current North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

Those previously interviewed by Florida Atlantic were former
Brigham Young coach Roger Reid, Georgia Southern's Jeff Price and
Norfolk State's Dwight Freeman. Former Tennessee coach Buzz
Peterson had been slated to interview before he accepted the head
job at Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

Florida Atlantic is trying to replace Sidney Green, who was
fired last month after his third straight losing season.

Angelos said he and Brogan, both of whom are on the search
committee, will meet to discuss the candidates.

"Everything will be put into the pot, mixed around, and
contemplated," Angelos said.