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Troy announces TCU assistant Scott Cross as its next head coach

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University of Texas at Arlington basketball coach Scott Cross posted a video of his "Drive By Dunk Challenge" on Twitter.

TCU assistant coach Scott Cross has landed another head coaching job.

Cross, the longtime UT-Arlington men’s basketball coach, will take over at Troy, the school announced Tuesday.

An introductory news conference for Cross will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Cross was on the bench for TCU for Tuesday’s NIT game against Creighton, and is expected to remain on staff until the end of the season.

TCU defeated Creighton 71-58, advancing to the NIT semifinals next Tuesday at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The Frogs will face the winner of Wednesday’s Texas/ Colorado game in Austin.

Cross will be on hand.

“He just said he’s not leaving until he gets a ring,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said, smiling.

Cross is in his first season on Dixon’s staff at TCU after being fired by UTA as the school’s all-time winningest coach.

Cross went 225-161 in 12 seasons at UTA, leading the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008. He closed his tenure with three consecutive 20-win seasons.

Troy, like UTA, competes in the Sun Belt Conference.

Dixon is happy to see Cross land another job in the conference.

“We look for guys that want to be head coaches, that are goal driven,” said Dixon, who has an impressive coaching tree. “We want the best.”

Cross will take over at Troy for Phil Cunningham, who spent the last six seasons as head coach. Troy is coming off consecutive losing seasons, although Cunningham led it to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

With Cross leaving, Dixon has two assistant positions to fill this offseason. Corey Barker was fired by the university after being linked to the FBI college basketball corruption case.

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