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Hoffman not leaving Mercer for Liberty University

Bob Hoffman has been the head coach at Mercer for seven seasons, and it looks like there will be an eighth.

Hoffman, who was being targeted by Liberty for its head coaching position, announced Tuesday night he will return to the Bears. The website called Hoffman the "hot" name on Liberty's list and said Hoffman was believed to be the leader for the position.

Liberty announced that it will be having a Wednesday news conference to introduce its new coach. Hoffman, however, confirmed Tuesday that he will not be leaving Mercer for the Lynchburg, Virginia, program.

"At this time of the year, there is always speculation of interest from other schools in me, my assistant coaches and staff," Hoffman said in a statement released by Mercer. "Success always prompts interest from others in our industry. This is a real testament to our players, our winning seasons, the student body and the cohesiveness of our entire organization.

"Most importantly, it speaks very highly of Mercer University and our administration. I have pulled my name from consideration for the Liberty position and am excited about the future of Mercer basketball."

Hoffman has led the Bears to the postseason the past four years, and they have won at least one postseason game in each of those seasons: winning the tournament, then winning a game in the NIT, the NCAA and the College Basketball Invitational in each of the past three seasons. Last year, Mercer won its first A-Sun tournament title and claimed its first-ever NCAA tournament win, beating Duke in a second-round game.

Hoffman has gone 145-98 in his time at Mercer and led the Bears to a 19-16 record this season, including a 12-6 record in their first season in the Southern Conference.