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The coaching carousel is slowing down

Posted on: April 6, 2009 11:06 pm
 

DETROIT -- With Arizona, Memphis and Washington State all filling their head coaching vacancies Monday, the only remaining nationally relevant opening is at Xavier, and you have no idea how nice that is for those of us who follow this stuff. To be able to fly home and not worry with the coaching carousel is truly a blessing, most notably for my wife and son. And so on behalf of the Parrish family, I'd like to thank all the ADs who made this possible.

I owe you.

Anyway, Xavier?

Sources have told CBSSports.com (that's me) that athletic director Mike Bobinski is only considering Xavier assistant Chris Mack and experienced head coaches (like Siena's Fran McCaffery). My advice: Hire Mack and be done with it. "Chris is ready to become a head coach," is a quote from Sean Miller pulled directly from Mack's bio, and I'm inclined to believe it.

The 39 year-old Xavier graduate just finished his fifth season on Miller's staff after completing three seasons at Wake Forest under the late Skip Prosser. In other words, Mack has worked for two great coaches and established himself as a notable recruiter in the area. Plus, he's from the area. So this should be easy, and an easy search is a successful search ... as Arizona's Jim Livengood and Memphis' R.C. Johnson can attest after struggling to fill their vacancies.

Why put yourself through that, Mr. Bobinski?

Just give Mack this preseason Top 25 team and let him win the Atlantic 10.

Unlike Arizona and Memphis, Xavier doesn't need somebody to rebuild a program.

Xavier just needs somebody to guide what's already in place, and there's no reason Mack can't do that.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2009 4:48 pm
 

The coaching carousel is slowing down

After reviewing the viable canidate, I say that XU AD Mike Bobinski go after Butler's Brad Stevens or more so Siena's Fran McCaffrey. McCaffrey will do a fantastic job and will harness Xavier's talent and canmake a deep run in next year's NCAA tourney credit all the current players stay. The key will be regardless of who the HC is keeping asst coach Book Richardson on Xavier's staff as he is an invaluble asset that Xavier cannot lose due to his key East coast recruiting ties.




Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2009 2:56 pm
 

The coaching carousel is slowing down

 

 "Why put yourself through that, Mr. Bobinski?"

Why I agree with the assessment, you posted this less than 12 hours after Miller decided to leave. Give the man some time before pressing him! Good Lord, the 08-09 season was just in the midst of ending when this was posted. This isn't like replacing the president.




Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2009 12:51 am
 

The coaching carousel is slowing down

 Feel.

 

 

 

 




Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2009 12:50 am
 

The coaching carousel is slowing down

 But honestly how many casual college hoops fans care on a national level about who Xavier lands as a coach? I would say not a lot because of the percieved perception that Xavier is just a "mid-major" stepping program, otherwise Xavier is an afterthought. I feel differnetly but I'm just telling you how it will go down.

 

 

 I your pain completely!!




Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2009 12:18 am
 

The coaching carousel is slowing down

Chris Mack would be the easy hire for Bobinski and would make sense from a continuity stand point and is the players pick. But as a Xavier alum, fan & season ticket holder; Mack has not been a head coach and on the job learning is not necessarily what Xavier fans want or want to see the prgram go through again (Miller took a season & half to really get the knack of being "The Man").

Quite personally, a step back is not what the team or the program needs. Can Mack step up to the plate and deliver? I'd feel more comfortable if he had a stint as a head coach at another program even if it was for 1 year.  

If Mack ends up being the guy the thing that Xavier fans want to know will Emmanuel "Book" Richardson be on staff?  In my opinion he is the link (East coast recruiting ties) that Xavier has been missing and is much needed for them to continue to climb the success ladder. I have a feeling that Miller will want to covet Richardson and take him with to AZ; but I'm not certain if Miller can take any assitiants based upon his Xavier contract.

Gary, the one thing that will hinder you and others in your field is that Xavier's AD Mike Bobinski publicly stated that the Xavier coaching search will be as private as possible. So, not much will be said until a decision has been made. But honestly how many casual college hoops fans care on a national level about who Xavier lands as a coach? I would say not a lot because of the percieved perception that Xavier is just a "mid-major" stepping program, otherwise Xavier is an afterthought. I feel differnetly but I'm just telling you how it will go down.



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