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Evans Bolts Norfolk State for FIU

Anthony Evans leaves Norfolk State to take over the Florida International program.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Anthony Evans will leave Norfolk State to take the head coaching job at Florida International University. Assistant Robert Jones has been named interim head coach as of Monday.

// Evans’ name has been on the rise in coaching circles since leading 15th seeded Norfolk State to an upset over second-seeded Missouri in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Evans was also considered for the Marist head coaching position.

// Evans led NSU to its first-ever MEAC regular season title and an NIT appearance in 2013. In six seasons at NSU, Evans went 99-94.


Evans was officially introduced as the new FIU head coach on Tuesday. FIU went 18-14 in its lone season under Richard Pitino, who left last week to take over at Minnesota. Pete Garcia, head of FIU sports and entertainment, told the Associated Press Evans was the runner-up for the position last season when FIU ultimately hired Pitino to replace Isaiah Thomas. “We saved him for last,” Garcia said.

The Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that Evans salary will be $250,000. Evans final contract at NSU paid him $175,000. 

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