Ga State promotes Travis Williams to interim head coach

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State has promoted assistant Travis Williams to interim head coach of the men’s basketball team.

Athletic director Charlie Cobb says Williams will guide the program during the search for a successor to Ron Hunter, who announced Sunday he was leaving the Panthers after eight seasons to take over at Tulane.

Williams is a former Georgia State player who served on Lefty Driesell’s staff from 1999-2003 and returned to his alma before this past season to work under Hunter. The Panthers won the Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles to earn their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance. They were eliminated by Houston in the opening round.

The school did not say if Williams will be considered for the permanent head coaching job.