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K-State’s Bennett to be head coach?

November 28, 2001

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— Kansas State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett isn't hiding his intentions of being a head coach, but he won't say if his decision has been made or where he would like to go.

Bennett, rumored to be a candidate for head coaching positions at SMU and Kansas, says he's been contacted by "more than a couple" schools. He wouldn't name the schools, but said interviews are pending.

"It's just that time of the year," he said. "I've been down this road before and you just have to keep your options open and your mouth shut."

Bennett, finishing his third year as Kansas State's defensive coordinator, said he's ready to pursue the next stage of his career. He didn't rule out staying at Kansas State, but said he's looking for the right situation for him.

Bennett, 45,has been planning to be a head coach since he played at Texas A&M in the late 70's.

"I used to tell my teammates that I was going to come back and be the head coach at Texas," he said. "I've tried to prepare myself to be a head coach. There are some situations I am interested in. If the right opportunity arises, I think I could be a great head coach. But I just don't know right now."

Bennett did say that he wanted to coach at a competitive school and that his home state of Texas is appealing.

"I've run the gamut," he said. "I've been everywhere and could live a lot of places."

Bennett has coached at nine schools in 23 years.

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