Despite tweet, it appears that Ben Botts, Fort Wayne basketball assistant coach, isn’t going anywhere

Fort Wayne men's basketball assistant coach Ben Botts shouts instructions to the Mastodons during a game at the Gates Sports Center earlier in his career. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Former Ball State men's basketball assistant coach Danny Peters speaks with a group of players during a practice at Worthen Arena in Muncie earlier in his career. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)

It is that time of year in the college basketball coaching profession.

Coaches at every level from Hawaii to Maine and everywhere in between are on the move.

That doesn’t appear to be the case – at this time – in regards to Fort Wayne assistant coach Ben Botts.

Despite a posting on Twitter by a college coaching-related site that Botts “is likely leaving IPFW to head to Ball State” that doesn’t appear to be the case.

News-Sentinel.com learned late Sunday that Ball State had contacted Fort Wayne earlier this month to speak with Botts regarding a position with the Cardinal program, however, as of Friday, Ball State coach James Whitford had not spoken with Botts.

The Cardinals lost assistant coach Danny Peters to Arizona recently and have a spot open on their coaching staff.

News-Sentinel.com reached out to Botts Sunday evening for comment, but the call was not returned.

A source close to the situation was confident that Botts “was not going to Ball State” Monday morning in a conversation with News-Sentinel.com.

Botts is a Muncie native and led Muncie Central High School to a pair of appearances in the IHSAA Class 4A State Championship game in 2005 and 2006, where the Bearcats fell to Lawrence North on both occasions.

After being named to the 2007 Indiana All-Star squad, Botts played his collegiate basketball with Fort Wayne and finished as the Mastodons’ fifth all-time leading scorer.

He helped Fort Wayne achieve its first two winning seasons at the NCAA Division I level and was named Second Team All-Summit League in 2011.

Botts was a 2010 and 2011 recipient of the NCAA Division I-AAA Athletic Director’s Association Scholar-Athlete award, and a 2011 Capital One Academic All-District honoree.

He has been an assistant with the Mastodons for four seasons following two years as a graduate assistant at Xavier University and a season working as the Director of Basketball Operations at Princeton University.

Any move by Botts to Ball State, if it occurred, would more than likely involve a significant pay raise.

His salary at Fort Wayne in 2017 is listed as $32,584.48, while Peters was being paid $85,955.

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