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Henry Iba Award finalists unveiled

Posted on: March 2, 2009 4:18 pm

The USBWA has announced the finalists for the Henry Iba Award.

They are ...

  • Mike Anderson (Missouri)
  • John Calipari (Memphis)
  • Jeff Capel (Oklahoma)
  • Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh)
  • Mike Montgomery (California)
  • Stew Morrill (Utah State)
  • Matt Painter (Purdue)
  • Oliver Purnell (Clemson)
  • Bill Self (Kansas)
  • Brad Stevens (Butler)
Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:36 pm

Good List

I would've had Bennett from St. Mary's (CA) on this list as well.

I'd say the top 4 are (in no particular order):

Mike Anderson, Jamie Dixon, Mike Montgomery and Jeff Capel.

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2009 2:11 am

Henry Iba Award finalists unveiled

not sure painter did any more than what was expected of him Morril and Purnell lost the big late games that would have made their seasons extraordinary those 3 should be replaced by trent johnson, lorenzo romar and saul phillips. Personally i give the nod to calipari followed closely by self and johnson.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2009 9:00 pm

Henry Iba Award finalists unveiled

Im a big purdue fan and i dont think painter should be on this list...they are about our even below what most people expected... i'd rather see bruce weber on here because he took an illinois team that wasnt supposed to do much and made them a contender in the big ten



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2009 4:50 pm

Know why Roy Williams is not on here?

I may be the only person to ever say this but Roy Williams will be the downfall of this UNC team just like he was the downfall of every elite Kansas squad.  If you go back in the history books and look at his NCAA tournament results it is staggering...15 consecutive Kansas teams in the tournament and ZERO championships.  Sure, he got close in his last year but took Boeheim's mudflap to his chin and he was close in 1991 but Coach K bounced him in the championship game.  In those 15 seasons, he went into the tournament with a #1 seed FIVE times and in all five he failed to make it to the National Championship.  As a matter of fact, as a #1 seed he lost in the second round twice and in the sweet 16 twice.  The other time he lost in final four to Maryland.  That means in 80% of the tournaments he was a number one seed with Kansas he did not make the Elite 8!!!

Now, moving along to his history with 5 seasons, was a number 1 seed three times and won one national championship.  In the other two he lost in Elite 8 and in the Final 4.  This performance is better than his Kansas performance but considering the talent he has at it really?  The other two seasons he was a 3 seed and lost in the 2nd round and a 6 seed and lost in the 2nd round.  The ironic thing about last season was that he made the final four and got CRUSHED by Bill Self and Kansas thus enabling Self to do something that Williiams could never do at the national strap. 

I will give Williams credit for winning a championship in 2005 but I should mention that those players were overwhelming coached and recruited by Matt Doherty and I believe had built up an immunity to Williams' destructive coaching.  In addition, if you go back and watch the elite eight match-up with Villanova, it was as bad of a ref job as I have ever seen.  As a matter of fact, I would go so far as to say that game was one of the biggest 5 injustices in history.  I hate Villanova so that really means something coming from me.

Is Roy Williams one of the best recruiters in the history of college basketball?  You bet.  Is he an elite coach?  Absolutely not.  He is a gimmick coach...with the "secondary fast break" offense and along with a blue chip starting lineup it works.  In other words he wins by over the top athleticism and a gimmick of making fast breaks off of made baskets.  I used the same strategy in Tecmo NBA Basketball for the Nintendo back in the early 90's.  If you go back and look at the demise of his "elite" teams in the past they lose to teams that are almost as athletic as his and are able to dictate a half-court tempo.  When UNC is in the half court set they are below average.  The high FG% they enjoy strictly comes from fast beak dunks.  That being said if he coached in the NBA or tried to coach a college team from the MAC he would fail miserably.

I do not Roy Williams EVER winning another National Championship unless he gets a hand-out from his buddies in the black and white stripes again like in 2005.

Sorry UNC fans, do not hate on me...I am just telling it like I see it.


Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2009 4:47 pm

Henry Iba Award finalists unveiled

The coach of the year is Washington's Lorenzo Romar.  Look at what he's been able to do with a team that was predicted to finish 5th in the Pac-10.  Leaving him off this list is just wrong.  2nd place is Bill Self.  Something should also be said about Arizona's Russ Pennell.  While maybe not the best coaching performance this season, certainly no slouch for an "interim" coach.

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2009 4:40 pm

Henry Iba Award finalists unveiled

What happened to Dino Gaudio?

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2009 4:37 pm

Henry Iba Award finalists unveiled

Dear Gary,

Understanding there is simply not room to praise every college coach, I see a few very familiar names and programs up here and notice a few noticable snubs.

Two of these coaches in this mix were in the National Championship game last year. Jamie Dixon has had a top program for years. Where is Trent Johnson (LSU) or even an honorable mention of Lorenzo Romar (Washington) for that matter?



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