Tag:Rick Barnes
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:00 am
Edited on: September 9, 2011 10:04 am

Archie Goodwin hates green and gold

By Gary Parrish

Archie Goodwin is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2012 (and, you might remember, the player former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey was once photographed with in violation of NCAA rules). The 6-foot-4 wing from Arkansas has narrowed his list of potential schools to Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky and Memphis. But what I found most interesting is why Goodwin said he eliminated certain schools.

He talked to Evan Demirel about it recently.

I can appreciate Goodwin's candor.

Why not Texas?
“I did away with Texas simply because I didn’t feel like my relationship was strong enough with Coach [Rick] Barnes. I can see myself playing for Texas but I didn’t feel comfortable with him as my coach.”
And Missouri?
“I talked to the assistant coaches all the time. Coach Tim Fuller is one of the coolest assistant coaches I’ve ever known, but as far as the head coach, I really didn’t know his name. I couldn’t tell you the head coach’s name. He talked to me on the phone, but Tim was the one that mostly called.”
And Baylor?
“Coach Scott Drew is a great guy. I love Coach Drew. They were one of the first schools that were recruiting me. But I didn’t like that they were an adidas team, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t go to Kansas because Kansas is a great team. I can look over the adidas thing – I own some adidas stuff. I didn’t like their colors, either. I don’t like green and gold. That’s ugly …. When you got ugly colors like that, you gotta be Nike. …. Baylor has some ugly shoes, too."
(Note to Archie: Missouri's coach is Frank Haith. He used to be at Miami and worked for -- guess who? -- Rick Barnes at Texas before that.)
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:42 am

Jordan Hamilton calls out Rick Barnes

By Matt Norlander

There isn't much opportunity or accomodation for juicy quotes on Draft night. Players' dreams come true, they're almost always happy where they're selected (or, at least, they fake it really well; Brandon Knight, however, seemed an exception last night) and the whole process is one vanilla quote of optimism after another.

But how about the shot Jordan Hamilton took at Rick Barnes last night? It was in response to what Hamilton believes were many shots Barnes made to NBA scouts about Hamilton as an NBA prospect.

"(Barnes) called some teams and said that I probably wasn’t coachable and things like that. But I feel like I can be coachable," Jordan Hamilton told Chris Tomasson last night, adding, "'a lot of people thought I might go in the lottery. I’m going to prove people wrong. It doesn’t end on draft night."

Boom! Quite a quip from Hamilton, who was taken 26th overall by the world champion Dallas Mavericks. Hamilton had been seen as a top-10 pick at previous points in the past year on many a mock draft. His drop wasn't shocking, but he did slide much more than any well-known commodity Thursday night.

Hamilton also called Barnes a "great coach," so there seems to be a frankness about this that's refreshing, really. Honestly, Hamilton's a talented player, but there was some tussling in Austin last year, from what I gather. A lot of college coaches have really good relationships with NBA personnel, and there's an obligation there to be forthright about a player, for good and for bad. A lot of the coaches are honest, upfront, even if they have to be pessimistic about a former player of theirs. It's not easy, but that's the business. And sometimes those words get back to the player. Just as often they don't. But for a player to go public about it -- that's the rarity.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:45 am
Edited on: May 6, 2011 11:07 am

Fruit of Gary Williams' coaching tree is unripe

Where are Gary Williams' top assistants?

Posted by Eric Angevine

Typically, when a long time coach retires after more than two decades at the same school, a comforting list of former assistants is trotted out, to give the semblance of continuity in the coaching search. North Carolina, in particular, has made a science of this, drawing clear lines from Dean Smith to any candidate who has ever come near Chapel Hill. Gary Williams retired at Maryland yesterday after 22 years, but he hasn't left behind much of a list of former coaching associates to ease the minds of his AD or fan base.

The list of possible high-profile replacements includes some impressive names. But it begs the question: is Gary Williams' coaching tree really so bare?

Honestly, the answer is yes, but not for lack of trying.

One of Williams' longest-tenured assistants, Billy Hahn, played at Maryland in the 1970s and was an assistant to Williams for 12 years before taking the head job at La Salle University. Before he could really do much to turn the Explorers around, Hahn became embroiled in a scandal - in which he and La Salle's women's hoops coach were accused of failure to report sexual assault allegations - which ended his head coaching gig after just three seasons. Hahn was out of coaching for three years before Bob Huggins took him on as an assistant at WVU, a position he still holds today. Hahn wouldn't be a top choice regardless, but the heat Maryland AD Kevin Anderson would take if he looked at someone with that particular baggage would make it an even less likely scenario.

The other long-time assistant Williams sent out into the world was 13-year Maryland man Jimmy Patsos. Patsos is about as connected to the local scene as a guy can be. A Massachusetts native, Patsos played college ball at Catholic University in D.C. and coached high school ball at Archbishop Carroll in that same city before moving just down the road to help out at Maryland. When he left, it was to take over Loyola University in Baltimore. Patsos has only managed a 70-82 record at the MAAC school, but his reputation for eccentric behavior may be an even bigger problem. It was Patsos who tried to stop visiting Davidson by double-teaming Steph Curry for an entire game in 2008, leading to a headline-grabbing 30-point blowout loss for the Greyhounds (but hey, Curry didn't score!). That same season, Patsos again drew unwanted attention when he elected to coach from the stands to avoid ejection after several run-ins with officials in a November contest. No winning tradition and a goofy public persona aren't likely to earn Patsos a chance.

In desperation, some turn to Mike Lonergan as an exemplar of a successful Maryland assistant. It's a tenuous, one-season connection, but sure. The only problem is that the Vermont coach seems about to be snatched up by another area school, George Washington. Making the leap from the Catamounts to the Terps would have been a stretch anyway, and there's no way Anderson is going to try to outbid GW on Lonergan, who would be more of a fallback position if the big names don't pan out in College Park. Speaking of local backup options, do you think Jim Larranaga's down in Coral Gables kicking himself right about now?
The other names that come up are a couple of not-ready-for-prime-time players in Dave Dickerson (former Tulane head coach, now an assistant at Ohio State) and Chuck Driesell (son of Terp legend Lefty, current Citadel head coach). Either could be a candidate down the road, but neither is ready right now.

Dig deeper into the time before Williams became Testudo's best buddy, and big names pop up. Rick Barnes (not leaving Texas), Fran Fraschilla (hasn't coached since 2002) and Ed Tapscott (an NBA front-office guy who's had some coaching turns) don't seem like realistic choices, but they do, at least, have ties to Williams. The most promising name from Williams' days as a Buckeye is Randy Ayers, who is currently an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets. A former collegiate national Coach of the Year with fresh NBA ties, Ayers could be worth a shot, even though he's not really a Maryland man.

Aside from Barnes, none of the men mentioned above is a first-call kind of guy. As Gary Parrish points out, the UMD brain trust is much more likely to go for the huge splash by trying to lure the likes of Mike Brey or Jamie Dixon from the Big East. Anderson should aim high right now, he knows that there aren't many jobs in the country that compare to what he has to offer. That means he can let his fan base daydream about young tyros like Butler's Brad Stevens and Sean Miller of Arizona without it seeming patently absurd.

This is likely to be the biggest coaching search of the year, and it will be very public and stressful for Maryland AD Kevin Anderson and the school's fan base. For those of us not directly or emotionally involved, it should be very enjoyable high theater. Let's pop some corn, get comfortable on the couch, and enjoy the show.

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Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:37 am

Coach Speak: targets for Oklahoma and NC State

Will Doc Sadler stay in the Big 12?

Posted by Eric Angevine

Two more expected firings have come down the pipe as we prepare for tournament coverage. Oklahoma let Jeff Capel go, and N.C. State finally ended the Sidney Lowe era.

One of the first things we like to do in these situations is look to see which coaches are on fan wish lists and try to sort out which are fantasies and which might actually happen.

Oklahoma: It's hard to believe that the man who brought us Blake Griffin is gone, but everything for Jeff Capel went downhill when the electrifying dunker left school early to go to the NBA. Strange names come up in the local newspapers for this one. Doc Sadler is mentioned, which isn't all that odd except that he's already struggled mightily to build a winning program at a football-oriented Big 12 school. It speaks well to the respect he has in the coaching community that both Texas Tech and Oklahoma have kept an eye on him. Right up there with Sadler is Marquette's Buzz Williams, who has also been mentioned for the Tech job. Billy Gillispie is on everyone's radar, so throw him in there, too.

The strange names are these: the Norman Transcript tosses out Miami's Frank Haith and UConn women's coach Geno Auriemma. Haith seems to be on the hot seat in Miami, but his history as an assistant at Texas (from whence he got the Miami job) may make him a popular choice. Auriemma is at the pinnacle of his sport, and has shown no willingness to toss that away in favor of the challenge of rebuilding a men's program just to show he can do it. Until Jim Calhoun retires, I wouldn't expect Auriemma to ever look at making that move.

N.C. State: Sidney Lowe's firing is so fresh that the local columnists haven't really weighed in with their wish lists yet. The website Sports by Brooks has a fanciful list (which they shoot down as well) of Rick Barnes, Tubby Smith, Sean Miller and Mark Fox. Three of those coaches are in the NCAA tournament. Barnes is slotted in at the school that figures to own and operate the Big 12 from here on out. Miller and Fox are seeing their rebuilding efforts start to pay off at Arizona and Georgia, respectively, so why start over after just two years? Tubby Smith doesn't really seem like he wants to leave Minnesota.

The guys at Backing the Pack have some candidates on their list that seems sensible. Xavier coach Chris Mack would be a great get. Some other mid-major geniuses on the list are Cuonzo Martin (Missouri State), Chris Mooney (Richmond) and Blaine Taylor (ODU). Any of those gentlemen would be a fine choice as well.

State allegedly has $3 million a year set aside to lure a top coach, so it'll be interesting to see who jumps at the bait of repairing this once-proud program.

We'll do this again when the next round of coaches gets the axe, and we will, of course, keep you apprised when hirings happen. They're so much nicer than firings.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 11:18 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 11:29 pm

Longhorn Laugher: this is a Final Four team

B.J Holmes gets all squished by the Texas D.

Posted by Eric Angevine

This is what Texas was supposed to be last year. Sometimes chemistry takes a season off.

However they got here, the Longhorns are a Final Four team this year. The 69-49 destruction of No. 16 Texas A&M in College Station just nine days after a similarly fruitful trip to Lawrence removed all doubt.

There are stars here, but they play as a team, and that's where the chemistry comes in. It was on display throughout the blowout in A&M's Reed Arena.

Some examples:

Team Defense: Aggie shooters found it nigh impossible to break free, no matter how many screens they ran their orange-clad tormenters through. Especially difficult to shake was point guard Dogus Balbay, who was hampered by a knee injury last year. On the rare occasions when Balbay was scraped off of his man for a split second, a teammate would pick up the opposing ballhandler until the senior from Turkey could recover. The team D was absolutely astounding.

Passing: They fed the post. They reversed the ball with alacrity. They ran flawless transition. They broke the A&M press. It was like watching a team-wide Vulcan mind meld in action.

Depth: Matt Hill and Alexis Wangmene are seldom seen for Texas, but they are absolutely crucial to a long run in the postseason. The upperclassmen provide Rick Barnes with big bodies who can spell the starters, which could come in very handy if Tristan Thompson or Gary Johnson gets in foul trouble. Each player made his mark in the beatdown of A&M, with Wangmene adding 5 points and 2 blocks and senior Hill leading the Longhorn rebounding effort. Brown and Florida transfer Jai Lucas provide similar insurance in the backcourt

Bench Leadership: J'Covan Brown was a big part of UT's problems last season, and he hasn't completely shaken his tendency to make boneheaded plays. In the first half, with his team up twenty, Brown flipped a no-look pass behind his back that was intercepted and turned into a transition bucket for A&M. Barnes yanked him off the floor, and Brown started to pout. Senior Gary Johnson clamped an arm around Brown's shoulders and pulled him into the next huddle for a teaching moment. It was an instinctive moment that worked: Brown got his head back in the game and ended up with 8 points.

Killer Instinct: The Longhorns never let up. It's pretty common to see the gap close on a blowout in the final five minutes as the leading team relaxes a bit and the trailing team starts drilling three pointers. Duke's sudden three-point explosion at St. John's on Sunday is an example of the phenomenon. No such thing happened in Reed Arena. The men in burnt orange continued to close out on shooters in the final minute. In short, Texas choked the life out of A&M calmly and methodically on Monday night.

With Jordan Hamilton playing the starring role, and the rest of the team forming an impenetrable phalanx behind him, it's difficult to imagine a Final Four without Texas.

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