Chris Ogden linked to UTSA head coaching vacancy

Tennessee assistant coach Chris Ogden is reportedly in the running for the head coaching vacancy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

InsideRunnerSports.com reported Tuesday afternoon that Ogden is a “serious candidate” to replace former UTSA coach Brooks Thompson, who was fired on March 10.

Ogden has spent the last eight years as an assistant coach on Rick Barnes’ bench, from 2008-15 at Texas and the 2015-16 season at Tennessee.

During a four-year playing career (2000-03) under Barnes, Ogden helped Texas to four NCAA tournaments and was a senior captain on the 2003 Final Four team.

He moved into a role as a student-assistant coach in 2003-04 and was an administrative assistant from 2004-08, before being promoted to assistant coach.

Ogden, along with Tennessee video coordinator Riley Davis, is from Seminole, Texas, roughly 380 miles northeast of San Antonio.

Thompson was the second-longest tenured head coach in UTSA’s program history, going 133-178 over 10 seasons. The Roadrunners went 5-27 this season, before Thompson was “relieved of head coaching duties” by UTSA athletic director Lynn Hickey.

Grant Ramey covers Tennessee’s men’s basketball. Follow him at twitter.com/GrantRamey

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