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This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:24 am
 

CHARLOTTE -- The coaching carousel is gaining speed, evidence being Wednesday's hiring of Cuonzo Martin at Missouri State and firing of Ben Braun at California. So Missouri State is now filled and Cal is now open. But the best job available is still Indiana, where the names most regularly mentioned as potential replacements are Washington State's Tony Bennett, Xavier's Sean Miller and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl.

Two other names making the rounds here at the East Regional: Pitt's Jamie Dixon and Texas' Rick Barnes.

Would either take the job if offered?

Honestly, it's hard to say -- though all indications are that Barnes is perfectly happy at Texas while a move further west would make more sense for Dixon considering he's from California. Still, multiple sources said Wednesday night that Indiana officials are at least interested to know whether Dixon or Barnes (along with Bennett, Miller and Pearl) would be interested in taking over the Hoosiers program, meaning Dixon and Barnes are legitimate IU targets until they make it clear they don't want to be.
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Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 3:07 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

Roy Williams is at his dream job at UNC, he's not going anywhere.



Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 11:54 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

There's so many things I don't understand.  I know exactly where Indiana is, so why are people searching for it?  Having lived there growing up, I believe I could find it fairly quickly, and could guide anyone who needs to find Indiana.  Just look for corn, glacial till, geodes, b-ball hoops in every yard, high school gyms the size of a lot of mid-major school's gyms, and a pack of Unsers if it's May.

All kidding aside, those in the know in Indiana say that Roy Williams and Ritchie McKay are the top two choices of the Indiana AD and administration.  Maybe add Larry Bird.  And Cole Porter (he coaches at the University of Peru Songsters in Div II).  Mark my words, it'll be one of these four guys for sure.  Or someone else maybe.



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 7:02 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

I don't see any of these guys taking the Indiana job.Most of the coaches named here are with schools just as good,and in many cases better than IU.

Name one of them with a 10-year waiting list for season tickets in a ~17,500 capacity arena?

Translation? Tradition and fanbases aside, Indiana was way more cash money than any of the schools on Gary's list. And money talks in the United States of America.




Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2008 6:58 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

I don't see any of these guys taking the Indiana job.Most of the coaches named here are with schools just as good,and in many cases better than IU.



Since: Feb 13, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 6:44 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

Hire Larry Bird!




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 5:59 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

Tom Crean



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2008 5:45 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

That is not correct regarding Kathy Bennett.  As one other poster mentioned, she resigned after she had a car accident.  She was not fired.

Also, the cupboard is not bare.  Indiana has Jordan Crawford, Armon Bassett, Jamarcus Ellis, still likely to get Terrell Hollaway and possibly Devin Ebanks is the right coach is hired.  There are a lot of other nice players as well.  They will compete hard in the Big Ten and the right coach can right the ship quickly.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2008 5:25 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

Kathi Bennett was NOT fired from IU.  She resigned!




Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2008 2:36 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

I think Donovan is a great addition to the coaching legacy at IU. He isn't gonna bolt for a bigger job, he can recruit, he has the winning background...

 

I look forward to seeing Billy on our sidelines next year. :)




Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 1:57 pm
 

This Indiana seach is going to be intriguing

ryan -- thanks for the info. You're right -- I wonder why he hasn't been mentioned. A great addition to the mix, for sure. I could see Billy Donovan taking the job, too. I might even say I would hope for him to take the job. Having had tremendous success with a team like Florida in the pressure cooker that is the SEC should make him a prime candidate.

Iggy



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