Southern continues negotiations with Roman Banks

Southern continued to negotiate a new contract with men’s basketball coach Roman Banks on Thursday as Texas A&M added an assistant to its staff.

Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy spoke with Banks — who was Kennedy’s top assistant at Southeastern Louisiana from 2003-05 — about a similar position with A&M last week.

A Texas A&M news release said simply that former College of Charleston associate head coach Amir Abdur-Rahim was hired as an assistant. Kennedy has a second opening on his staff.

He promoted Mitch Cole from special assistant to a full-time coaching position early last season after another assistant, John Reese, left the program.

An Aggies spokesperson said Thursday night that Kennedy was “weighing his options” with regards to what the final position would entail.

Meanwhile, Banks continued discussions with Southern Athletic Director William Broussard and Chancellor James Llorens on a new contract. Broussard said negotiations have gone well, but the involvement of Llorens and other university administrators in the university’s Centennial Gala interrupted negotiations Thursday.

Banks, who has four years remaining on a contract he signed 11 months ago, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Abdur-Rahim played for Kennedy and Banks at SLU and also coached under Kennedy at Murray State.

“He’s spent eight years with me as a player and a coach, so that familiarity with each other is going to help our program,” Kennedy said in an A&M news release. “He has strong recruiting ties throughout SEC country and brings a wealth of experience, not only as a coach and a player, but with his contacts in the NBA. His ability to relate to players on multiple levels will be a huge asset to our program.”

At Southeastern, Abdur-Rahim was a three-time All-Southland Conference selection. He led the Lions in scoring three straight seasons and finished as the school’s seventh all-time scorer with 1,282 points.