From the hot seat to a hot commodity
Posted on: March 21, 2008 6:49 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2008 6:50 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- College basketball is a funny sport.
Here's another example: Darrin Horn is in his fifth season at Western Kentucky. He won 15 games in his first season, 22 in his second season, 23 in his third season and 22 in his fourth season. But because the Sun Belt is traditionally a one-bid league, Horn had missed the NCAA tournament all four years, and word in basketball circles as recently as a month ago was that if he didn't make the NCAA tournament this season he might be replaced.
Seriously, WKU officials/boosters were prepared to consider a change. And then South Alabama got knocked out of the Sun Belt tournament. And then Western Kentucky won the Sun Belt's automatic bid. And then Western Kentucky beat Drake in the first round of the NCAA tournament. And now Darrin Horn -- a man who was on the hot seat a month ago -- is merely a win over San Diego from reaching the Sweet 16, and if that happens he'll suddenly be labeled as an "up-and-coming" coach, at which point Western Kentucky will be lucky to keep him.
So to summarize, Horn is no longer in danger of losing his job.
Instead, WKU is now in danger of losing its coach.
Again, college basketball is a funny sport.
And Horn is gonna get the last laugh.