LOUISIANA La. — New University of Louisiana head men´s basketball coach Robert Lee has another slot to fill on his staff.

The Ragin´ Cajun boss already had to fill one coaching position, that being his own after he was named the Cajuns´ head coach upon Glynn Cyprien´s removal from the position two weeks ago.

But Lee also confirmed Monday that assistant coach Bill Pope, who had been hired by Cyprien and announced as a staff member on June 15, submitted his resignation on Friday. That leaves only Lee and Carlin Hartman, also a Cyprien hire, on the current full-time staff.

"I asked Carlin when we were leaving the gym over the weekend if he was going to call me and tell me he was leaving," Lee joked. "But we´re pretty close to filling that first spot. We can´t do anything official until Aug. 1 (Sunday), but we´re close."

Lee, who was in Orlando, Fla., Monday at a national AAU tournament, said that filling Pope´s slot would take at least two weeks, and that he would begin a search upon his return from Orlando.

Lee has held discussions with former Cajun assistant Bobby Champagne, now head coach at North Alabama, and ex-Louisiana Tech players Rennie Bailey and Johnny Simmons among others for the original vacancy created by Lee´s promotion.

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Dan McDonald