Almost every high-major program pays a great salary -- most have nice facilities. So if you're wondering why North Carolina State, Missouri and Tennessee had issues luring the big-name coaches with the glorious résumés their fans publicly desired, that's a good place to start.
The cons of leaving a good job outweigh the pros these days.
|Sources say Frank Martin would be willing to move back home to Miami if the 'Canes get serious about hoops. (Getty Images)|
But Miami's coaching search?
This one doesn't have to be difficult at all.
If the school will finally commit to seriously funding its basketball program, Miami can, in the span of a week, go from losing a coach who never had a winning record in the ACC to landing a coach who has done nothing but win in the Big 12. Yes, Miami can have Kansas State's Frank Martin. All Miami has to do is secure the funds and make the call.
Martin won't say this, of course.
Why would he?
But multiple sources told CBSSports.com that the Miami native, though happy in Manhattan, wouldn't pass on the opportunity to return to his hometown if Miami wanted him and committed to being a program that can realistically expect to compete in the top half of the ACC -- meaning Miami would have to pay Martin and his assistants competitive salaries and increase its basketball budget. Whether Miami is interested in doing that remains unclear. But all things even close to equal, Martin would definitely leave Kansas State for Miami. Anybody telling you otherwise should not be believed.
"He'd walk on coals to get there," once source told CBSSports.com. "That's his home."
So what we have here is a defining moment for Miami basketball.
It's time for the school to decide what it wants to be.
If Miami wants to be a program that can't record a winning league record, Miami can just keep doing what it's been doing because that's what the last nine seasons have produced -- zero winning records in league play. But if Miami aspires to ever be more than what it is, now's the time to make a move and go get Martin -- the son of Cuban immigrants who has led KSU to three of the past four NCAA tournaments while never finishing worse than fourth in the Big 12.
Miami can use a natural lure to make a home-run hire just like Arkansas did with Mike Anderson.
It's a rare opportunity in this era of mostly difficult coaching searches.
My advice is not to waste it.