Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 6:25 PM EDT May 16, 2019 It appears no one is waiting around to see who’ll get the Michigan basketball head coaching job. Luke Yaklich, the de facto defensive coordinator on John Beilein’s staff the last two seasons and a presumed candidate for the now-open U-M top job, is out interviewing with another position. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Yaklich interview with Texas coach Shaka Smart for an opening on his staff. Yaklich, 43, has never been a head coach at the college level. He was an assistant at Illinois State for four seasons before joining the U-M staff in 2017. He’s been listed as a 5-to-1 favorite to get the U-M job by BetOnline.AG and a 6-to-1 favorite by Bovado.lv. Smart, 42, has been a college head coach since 2009 at VCU and, since 2015, Texas. He has made the NCAA tournament seven times in those 10 seasons, winning seven times and reaching the Final Four in 2011. BetOnline.AG has Smart at 12-to-1 to get the U-M job and Bovada.lv sees it at 22-to-1. It is not clear if Yaklich or Smart have had any conversations with U-M about the current opening. Two names that can be ruled out for Michigan, according to college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman, is Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Florida’s Mike White. Contact Kirkland Crawford: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @HiKirkHere.