Irish’s Gene Cross Gets Toledo Job

CBS Sportsline is reporting tonight that Notre Dame assistant Gene Cross will take over the head coaching duties at Toledo.

Notre Dame assistant Gene Cross has reached a deal in principle to take over at Toledo, sources told on Thursday night.

A formal announcement could come as early as Friday.

An Illinois graduate, Cross has long been considered one of the premier assistants in the country, having worked at Illinois-Chicago, DePaul and Virginia before joining Mike Brey at Notre Dame.

The Toledo Blade has picked up the story as well.

The 36-year-old Cross has received recognition as one of 10 assistant coaches “ready to take the next step” to become a head coach by and also as a top 25 recruiter by

Cross, who could not be reached for comment last night, has extensive recruiting ties in Chicago. That’s an area UT has had much recruiting success in recently, signing Chicago natives such as Florentino Valencia, Jerrah Young and Tyrone Kent.

He has 12 years of coaching experience at the Division I level and also played at Illinois. Cross has coached at Virginia, DePaul and Illinois-Chicago and got his master’s degree from Ohio State.

Tough loss for the Hoops team, Cross was an excellent assistant on Brey’s staff and will be sorely missed. 

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