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Report: Keith Dambrot, Duquesne agree to 7-year deal

According to ESPN, Dambrot is packing his bags for the bright lights of Pittsburgh.

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Another day, and more rumors that a talented MAC coach is poached.

Though the powers-that-be have failed multiple times, it appears — at least for now— that Akron men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot is heading to the A-10 dumpster fire known as the Duquesne Dukes.

It’s just Twitter, and “sources” can never be fully trusted. I mean if I wanted to get a client a raise, I would “leak” some information about a long term deal worth a lot of money.

That being said, after the James Whitford fiasco, I don’t think ESPN would move forward with the story without some serious faith in this particular source.

Aside from getting a seven-year contract that most probably doubles what he makes at Akron, there could be personal reasons for a move to Pittsburgh.

Dambrot’s dad played for the Dukes. It’s never easy to factor how much these kinds of details add into the equation. His son, Robby, took his talents to the Steel City and recently transferred to Pittsburgh to play as a defensive backer on the men’s soccer team, after playing for the well-renowned Zips program.

Dambrot brings an impressive resume with him if the reports are true. Dambrot and the Zips have made three NCAA Tournament appearances and multiple lower-level postseason tournaments as well.

The Zips also won five regular season titles under Dambrot’s watch and Dambrot himself has been awarded as the Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year three times, including this season.

Dambrot was 305-139 in 13 seasons at Akron, which is his alma mater.

If the reports are true, I wish him the best. It will be interesting to see, if proven true, which direction the Akron Zips go from here in terms of finding their next head coach.