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Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Posted on: April 10, 2010 3:01 am
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:39 am
 

The speculation began Friday and drifted into Saturday, and now a South Carolina newspaper is reporting that Baylor's Scott Drew is a leading candidate at Clemson, and that he's "believed to be interviewing for the position [Saturday] along with Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel." For better or worse, this is the price of being a successful coach at a private school with limited resources relative to state universities.

Brad Stevens dealt with it after a Final Four.

Now Scott Drew is dealing with it after an Elite Eight.

So is Drew a candidate at Clemson?

I'm sure he is because why wouldn't he be?

He's a candidate at Clemson for the same reason Stevens was a candidate at Oregon, because any athletics director worth his complimentary car would be interested in a coach who's achieved unprecedented success at a non-traditional power, and eager to see if he'd move for possibly more money and better resources. In other words, Clemson targeting Drew makes sense. But I wouldn't spend Saturday waiting to hear how Drew interviewed at Clemson, because that's not how this business works. Once you've achieved a certain level of success -- i.e., resurrected a program on the verge of extinction and led it to within a few minutes of a Final Four -- you don't interview for jobs. You are offered jobs, then you either take them or you don't. So if Clemson wants Drew it will simply offer the job. Drew would then accept or decline. But what he wouldn't do is interview because nobody in his position ever would.
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Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

These Clemson fans are out of their mind. Baylor is a better program now, and will be as long as Drew coaches there. CU Tiger Rule and the other Clemson fan who responded to my first post mentioned how powerful the ACC is. They are ridiculously top heavy in a typical year with Duke and UNC. However, the ACC is the king of the past. They are no longer the clear cut king. The Big East and Big 10 easily rival if not exceed them, and the Big 12 is right there with them too. Kansas is very elite. You are knocking Waco, but why is Clemson, South Carolina any better? Is it the hurricanes? The confederacy? Oh, maybe it's the humidity that's gone to your brain. Clemson's 10 NCAA tournaments compared to Baylor's 6 is a terrible comparison when you are trying to claim Clemson's superiority. Both of those numbers are very low in the grand scheme. Baylor is a top level program now, and Clemson is mired in mediocrity. What is the benefit of playing second fiddle to UNC, Duke, Maryland, and Wake all the time?



Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Looks like the fun is over. Stansbury could be the guy. Drew ia  a great coach, but you watch as Texas will not be down for long! BTW Terrapin savor that last victory because our underachieving talent now has a coach!  Look out Dabo is going to outrecruit, out coach, and outwork the rest of the league.



Since: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:26 am
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Clemben, if Clemson football  is such a power house then why do they lose to a crappy Maryland football team over the past few years?



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 10:36 am
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

I have to agree with clemben that Clemson is a top 40 basketball job.  I was commenting that Scott Drew would have been crazy to jump from Baylor where he has all the momentum going in the world to Clemson.  You can make an argument that Clemson is an equal basketball job to Baylor at this point if both schools were competing for new hires.  Both schools have their advantages.  But the reason you don't see many successful big six conference (ACC, Big East, Big 12, Big10, Pac10, SEC) coaches jumping ship to take another big six gig is that once you have it rolling pretty good, why screw that up? 

Gillespie at Kentucky is a perfect example of this.  He had it going strong at Texas A&M.  Of course, most people would say if you have a chance to coach at Kentucky, you do it.  But look how this turned out for him.  Roy Williams from Kansas to UNC has been successful- up until this year.  Any more years like 2009-2010 for Roy and he will wish that he never left Kansas.  Bill Self certainly improved his lot by going from Illinois to Kansas.  But who is to say that he would not have accomplished the same things at Illinois that he has at Kansas?  He had loaded the boat for Bruce Weber who took his players to a sweet 16 and national title game after Self left. 

Point is- very few coaches will mess up a good thing to take a risk at another school even if the school has better basketball tradition.  If you are in a top 6 conference, your program and players will get tons of exposure.  And if you are Scott Drew and have just put together 3 straight 20 win seasons with an NCAA appearance; NIT final; Elite 8 AND you have your top scorer returning (Dunn) along with proven talent returning (Walton, Anthony Jones, Acy) AND you have a McDonald's All-American coming in- Perry Jones, why would you mess that up? 

Most of the coaches that you see change from one big 6 conference team to another are just staying one step ahead of the wolves because the fans are restless or the recruiting is not promising.  Neither of these scenarios applies to Scott Drew.  They will be building statues of him if he stays at Baylor and continues to have success. 



Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:38 am
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Ok I never post on here but I need to make a few points to clear things up.  Clemson is a football school but for the past three years in conference we have been better than Maryland, NC State and FSU.  We best UNC with their down year and beat Duke last year and should have the year before.  The past three years our OOC schedule has not been weak at all.  In fact our strength of schedule has been in the top 50.  Guess who beat Butler in their OOC this year??

Yes we have flamed out in the tournament in the first round but we have been recruiting better (up until this year) and have been poised to join Duke, UNC, and perhaps Wake (please hire that awful Colorado coach!) at the top of the conference.  I agree with Parrish that we probably don't get an interview with Drew or Capel but it is really not that bad a job to take and not nearly as middle of the road as it once was. 






Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 3:35 am
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Ok I never post on here but I need to make a few points to clear things up.  Clemson is a football school but for the past three years in conference we have been better than Maryland, NC State and FSU.  We best UNC with their down year and beat Duke last year and should have the year before.  The past three years our OOC schedule has not been weak at all.  In fact our strength of schedule has been in the top 50.  Guess who beat Butler in their OOC this year??

Yes we have flamed out in the tournament in the first round but we have been recruiting better (up until this year) and have been poised to join Duke, UNC, and perhaps Wake (please hire that awful Colorado coach!) at the top of the conference.  I agree with Parrish that we probably don't get an interview with Drew or Capel but it is really not that bad a job to take and not nearly as middle of the road as it once was. 



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 1:07 am
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Thats funny Tiger Rule, I seem to remember Georgia Tech beating Clemson twice last year, including the ACCCG. How exactly is Clemson on top? The Yellow Jackets are on to my friend. Just wanted to clear that up.



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2010 8:41 pm
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

what's so cool about clemson basketball job anyway??  When is comes to basketball and football there is a better place to be than texas...  I'd stay where i was for now...  Drew keeps doing what he's doing we will get a better job than clemson...  I've said for years the best job in college sports is university of texas football..  Stay in the state of texas drew and be patient, good things are around the corner



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2010 2:37 pm
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Cu tiger troll, You worry about Clemson, the rest of us basketball fans can speculate on the rest of the teams.

If you watched the Big 12 you would see Drew urinates on Rick Barnes. Learn your stuff before speaking, Texas has the better tradition(i guess, they haven't won or sniffed a title in my lifetime), but more importantly Baylor was a lot better in 09-10 and have the pieces in place to be better going forward. Baylor's located in the same recruiting hot-bed as Texas, you know.

As a guy who loves watching Clemson football, you're right about sleeping giant, but you have to admit they have also been the most underacheiving waste of talent over the last decade. A weak ACC, top 10 talent every year, and CU still starts 2-4 most years. When Bowden brought in Rob Spence, that killed the offense. Good luck Dabo, but please quit talking Baylor hoops! 




Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2010 9:58 am
 

Drew interview at Clemson? Don't hold your breath

Oh BTW, I spoke to a friend of mine last night who was at BU's spring football scrimmage yesterday. Coach Drew was there so I guess he got back from that "interview" very early. He's not going anywhere.


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