Multiple reports are indicating that UTEP assistant coach Bob Cantu will take a top assistant coaching job under new University of Portland head coach and former Portland Trailblazers star Terry Porter.
UTEP assistant and former USC Interim HC Bob Cantu is expected to be named top assistant at the Univ of Portland under new HC Terry Porter.— WestCoastHoops (@WCHRdotcom) June 8, 2016
UTEP assistant Coach Bob Cantu is expected to be named top assistant at Portland under Terry Porter, source told ESPN.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 8, 2016
Porter was hired in early April, replacing Eric Reveno who has dismissed after ten seasons with Portland.
Cantu was rumored to be in the running for the UTSA job earlier this year, which was eventually filled by Oklahoma assistant coach Steve Henson.
His departure from UTEP is certainly a surprise, marking the second assistant coach to leave the program in an off-season full of roster changes, and controversy.
The former USC head coach was UTEP's main west coast recruiter, and was also considered one of the top assistants in the nation.
The vacancy leaves UTEP with two vacancies on their staff, an assistant coach spot, and a Director of Basketball Operations will need to be filled before the start of the 2016-17 season.