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Tony Bennett must hate money or something

Posted on: April 11, 2008 12:16 am

Everybody knew Oklahoma State officials would put big money on the table for Bill Self. And they did. But it appears the school is also willing to pay top-dollar for a high-profile coach even if said high-profile coach is not named Self, and one direction OSU has already looked is towards Washington State's Tony Bennett.

Three different sources told late Thursday that either an Oklahoma State official or someone speaking on behalf of an Oklahoma State official reached out to Bennett before Self formally rejected OSU's offer and promised the school could make Bennett among the highest-paid coaches in the nation if he was interested in talking if/once Self opted to remain at Kansas. According to the sources, Bennett rejected the overtures almost immediately and reiterated that he plans to continue coaching at Washington State.

So it's official, isn't it?

Tony Bennett is one content SOB.

And now the attention is back on Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder, who seems set on making a splash with this hire thanks to the money booster T. Boone Pickens can provide. Some notable possibilities bouncing around basketball circles are Southern California's Tim Floyd, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings and Memphis' John Calipari -- though it's unclear whether any of those coaches would actually jump from the good positions they currently hold. Among the more realistic possibilities being mentioned are Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery and VCU's Anthony Grant, the latter of whom one source believes will ultimately make the most sense.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:28 am

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

If Tony didn't leave for Indiana, why would he leave for Oklahoma State?  Even with all of IU's recent problems, in the long haul Indiana is a hundred times the job that OSU is or ever will be.  I give Bennett credit for not just jumping at any opportunity.  It is my belief that he will stay at WSU for the next 5 or 6 years or whenever Bo Ryan retires and then he takes over at Wisconsin.  That's where his roots are and I truly believe that is his dream job.  In the meantime, I will continue to be a fan of WSU and Wisconsin, even though I love Indiana.  WSU and Wisconsin epitomize the concept of "team" basketball and are a pleasure to watch, even though many fans love to rip their so-called "boring" style of play. 

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:23 am

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

A program like Oklahoma State would be lucky to get somebody like Bennett, one of the hottest up and coming coaches in the country.  While you might like somebody with a proven 10 year track record, I'm afraid that's wishful thinking for a program of OSU's caliber.  Sorry!

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:18 am

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

Are you serious?  Do you really think that Gillespie would leave Kentucky for Oklahoma State.  It's not about money, he's already getting paid well.  That would be a monumental drop down as far as programs.  He's not going anywhere.  He actually did a very good job with someone else's players last year.  Just wait, Gillespie will have them in top shape in a few years. It pains me to say this because this is coming from an Indiana fan.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2008 8:09 am

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

IF Bennett wasn't going to leave WSU to go to Indiana University - a better school with a prettier campus and one of bball's elite traditions, then you had to know he wouldn't go to OSU.  I've been to both OSU and IU and - forget it- OSU never would have had a chance.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 4:09 pm

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

Hey, I heard Kelvin Sampson's available!  Why aren't they contacting him?

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2008 3:30 pm

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

nextonthetee is correct...

Apparently, the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2008 3:17 pm

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

As a Wisconsin fan posted earlier.  It is my belief the Bennet's are men of principle.  If Indiana couldn't get Bennet then there is no way OSU would get him.  I have a feeling perhaps the only job TB would want is Wisconsin's and that job just isn't going to be open for awhile.  As far as money much does a guy really need?  He played in the NBA and made some coin there, and now I'm sure he's not getting peanuts to coach a PAC 10 team.  He's just not as greedy as much as other coaches and athletes are.  Good for Tony.  I hope he continues to win at WSU!

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 2:34 pm

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

Sean Sutton left OSU due to other factors besides for wins and losses and T. Boone Pickens.  Sean has other issues that need to be resolved, and Mike Holder was correct in making Sean come to the realization that it would be mutually beneficial for Sean and the program that he step down.

And that is all that needs to be said.


Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2008 2:23 pm

Tony Bennett must hate money or something

When is Okie State going to realize that it just isn't that great of a job right now. When coaches making 2 million less than your willing to pay turn you down you know you are in trouble. any coach coming in would have to take the risk of having a losing year before any of your players could come in. There are two high powered teams in the big 12 that have great recruiting prowess in Self and Barnes. You can't pay recruits with Picken's money, they have to decide to want to be in Stillwater(sounds like the rough stick). G.I. Arena is the only real thing they have there that is a plus on the basketball side. They need to grab up Carter. He reminds me a lot of Capel at Oklahoma. Lowery is a big ten coach for sure with his great tough, defensive style.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2008 12:54 pm
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