Spurs assistant Becky Hammon reported 'top candidate' for Colorado State men's coaching job

If the former college and WNBA great were hired, Hammon would become the first woman to coach a Division I men's program.

Kahron Spearman

Per Yahoo! Sports writer Peter Thumel, Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker has said he would consider hiring San Antonio Spurs assistant coach and former CSU legend Becky Hammon as the mens head basketball coach.

“Its the most frequently asked question I get, and recommended candidate, Parker told on the idea of hiring Hammon. “Im not closing the door on any thought.

Per Thamel: "A Colorado State source told Yahoo Sports that Hammon is considered one of the top candidates by the administration."

If hired, Hammon would be the first woman coach of a men's Division I basketball program.

Shes established a great presence in our group. Shes got the respect of our coaches, our players and our organization. She has great insight at two different levels, both in the coaching environment and strategic discussions and she can also take [instruction] to our players and discuss with them

She has neither confirmed or denied her interest, which suggests perhaps Hammon and the CSU administration are subtlely batting eyes at each other. Colorado State is looking for a serious jolt, after parting ways with troubled former head coach Larry Eustachy. 

Hammon is the best player (perhaps athlete) in the university's history, regardless of sex, scoring 2,740 points and led the Rams to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament during the late 1990s. She also had a decorated WNBA career with the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars, leaving as one of the 15 top WNBA players of all time.

She then became the NBA's first full-time assistant coach, under Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich.