The Star Tribune, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, says Minnesota has narrowed its search for a women's basketball coach to three candidates, including SDSU's Aaron Johnston. The other frontrunners are reportedly Wichita State coach Jody Adams and Notre Dame assistant Niele Ivey.
The list has been narrowed, but Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague told the Star Tribune on Tuesday that he had not personally contacted these candidates. He did tell the Star Tribune that "things are moving along nicely" in the search.
Johnston has spent 14 seasons at SDSU, compiling 341 wins, and will lead the Jacks against UTEP in the WNIT semifinals Wednesday night, in El Paso, Texas.
In April, 2007, Johnston accepted the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay coaching position, but a day later had a change of heart and opted to return to SDSU.
Johnston is a native of Pine Island, Minnesota.
Minnesota is attempting to replace Pam Borton, who was fired after 12 seasons. The Gophers' season ended last Thursday, at the hands of Johnston's Jacks.