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Report: Miami targeting Amaker

Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 9:47 pm
Miami officials flew to Boston on Monday to meet with Tommy Amaker about the school's men's basketball coaching vacancy, according to the Miami Herald.

The paper reported that Amaker, now the coach at Harvard, "appears" to be Miami's top target.

An offer, if it comes, would be roughly $1.1 million for five years.

Amaker, 45, has made one NCAA tournament in 14 seasons as a head coach at Seton Hall, Michigan and Harvard. Other coaches on Miami's list of potential candidates, according to the Miami Herald, are Mike Davis (UAB), Rob Jeter (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Donnie Jones (UCF), Tony Barbee (Auburn) and Billy Kennedy (Murray State). Sources have told that Frank Martin (Kansas State) would be willing to take the job if Miami committed additional resources to its basketball program, but Miami officials have not pursued the Miami native even though most believe he's the only candidate with the ability to make the Hurricanes nationally relevant immediately.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:57 pm

Report: Miami targeting Amaker

I like Tommy Amaker as an up-and-coming coach with the potential to do great things-- yeah, I know he's been around awhile, but he's never really taken root anywhere.  But something just feels wrong about him considering Miami and them considering him.

The only success he had as Seton Hall was with a team mostly inherited from the previous regime and he never took that group of carryovers plus his recruits to the next level.  When he jumped in at Michigan, I thought the program was too big for his desire for a low-profile and, although he did well Big Blue never jumped the ranks of a mediocre Big Ten at the time.  Harvard seems like the perfect fit for his personal style.  He's been building something for the last four years and seems on the verge of breaking through with the most recent batch of recruits.  Let's face it-- if you can get ranked in the top 25 of recruiting classes and you're at Harvard, you've got something going on that doesn't need to be messed with.  I don't see Miami as any better than Harvard in the long haul for Amaker.  It might be for somebody like Frank Martin who could take them into the next stratosphere, but not Amaker.
Clearly, Miami doesn't want to invest in its athletics department beyond the football program.  So what is in it for Amaker?  Miami provides a higher profile that he's not interested in.  They're not willing to shell out much more money than Harvard over the long haul.  He'd have to do some rebuilding as Frank Haith didn't exactly leave the cupboard dripping with talent.  So I ask again, what's in it for Amaker?

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:24 pm

Report: Miami targeting Amaker

Amaker could't hack it @ Seton Hall, nor Michigan. He's best suited where he is. Miami will be a mediocre program again if he's hired.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 10:41 am

Report: Miami targeting Amaker

I'm a Hall guy...and yes bitter because he broke his word to our school and players.......but he got nothing done at Michigan and didn't win the why would anyone give him this job???  Just explain this to me....this is an ACC about a couple ivy titles....not almost titles before he gets another huge payday.....we'll see...but I don't get it

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:56 am

Stupid Stupid Stupid

Frank Haith was scheduled to make $3 million over the next 2 years at UM and they can't pay Frank Martin the $1.1 million he makes now even though he's virtually begging UM to make him an offer?  Ridiculous. 

Donna Shalala and the Board of Trustees ought to make a statement to the University of Miami informing them that they just aren't willing to make any sort of financial commitment to the basketball program and would rather save money to keep the status quo than spend money to make an effort to win because that's exactly what this is.
Instead we're going after Tommy Amaker who never had a winning record in Big Ten conference play and never lost less than 11 games in 6 years at Michigan.  Oh but he won an NIT championship with Michigan and went to the Sweet 16 over a decade ago.

In 14 years as a Head Coach the man has 1 more win the NCAA tournament than Frank Haith does, and has been to the Big Dance just as many times, once.  What an upgrade this will be.

Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 5:45 am

Report: Miami targeting Amaker

This would be a bad move for Amaker. He's in a very good situation at Harvard, can build that program into a contender, and can emerge (and remain) as the powerhouse in that conference. That means regular NCAA tournament bids and increased exposure. If he wanted to bolt later, fine.....but right now, Miami just isn't a place that I would choose if I were a coach looking for a stable, well-supported program. And it's a joint decision (with his wife). She's at one of the top institutions to practice her craft; I doubt she'd look forward to leaving Harvard for South Beach......unless she hates cold weather.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:34 am

Report: Miami targeting Amaker


Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:19 pm

Report: Miami targeting Amaker

In an offseason that's had a number of bad coaching hires, if Miami actually went through with hiring Tommy Amaker, this would rank up there (or down there, as the case may be).

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