Posted on: June 16, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 1:29 pm
I think I can speak for most college basketball writers when I tell you we're glad Tom Izzo remained at Michigan State.
And it's not just because almost everybody likes him.
Yes, it's true, almost everybody likes Izzo. He's straight-forward, funny, easy to chat with and routinely available. He won't cover for his players when they don't deserve it, and you never get the sense that he's truly trying to spin or mislead you. People respect that. So, absolutely, most college basketball writers like Tom Izzo. But that's not the main reason we're glad he's remaining in college, or at least it's not my main reason.
I'm more selfish in my reasoning.
The reason I'm glad Tom Izzo remained at Michigan State is because the alternative would've set more dominoes in motion, which would've led to more weeks of the coaching carousel that nobody desires. The Michigan State job is a great job, and almost anybody could've been in play for it given the earning potential, natural recruiting base and opportunity to inherit a roster with Final Four experience and potential. I'm not interested in speculating about which way Michigan State would've turned had Izzo left, but it's safe to assume another good program would've lost a coach, at which point that program would've started a coaching search, and then it's July before you know it.
As it is, there's time to take a breath.
For that, I'm appreciative.
Posted on: May 7, 2010 11:44 am
It's nice that Jim Calhoun finally got a new contract from Connecticut.
Good for him.
Good for UConn.
But the truth is that Friday's announcement of a new five-year deal will do little to stabilize the program because Calhoun is still about to turn 68 years old, still set to answer for NCAA violations committed under his watch, still coming off a NIT season, still in possession of a roster that doesn't appear to be capable of being much better next season, and he's still the man who has missed games in recent years for health concerns.
Can Calhoun still coach?
Yes, absolutely, I believe that he can.
But the things that have made Calhoun's job increasingly difficult -- specifically his age, his health and the ongoing NCAA investigation -- didn't disappear at Friday's press conference, which means schools will continue to use those things against UConn on the recruiting trail. And it'll likely work.
Bottom line, the five-year deal doesn't mean Calhoun will be at UConn another four or five years.
It doesn't even ensure he'll be there next year.
All it does is show that the school is committed to Calhoun, but that's never really been in doubt because UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway was never going to shove a Hall of Famer out the door before the start of next season. The only things that have been in doubt are whether the NCAA will severely punish the program, and whether Calhoun's body will allow him to coach into his 70s. And guess what? We still don't know the answers to those questions, and neither does Calhoun. So the contract extension is nice, I guess, but it's still mostly meaningless in terms of providing a map for the future of UConn basketball.
Posted on: May 6, 2010 2:40 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2010 2:44 pm
Robert Burke has agreed in principle to be Mount St. Mary's next coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday.
Burke is a former assistant at Georgetown and, more recently, American.
He'll meet with the Mount St. Mary's players this afternoon.
Burke replaces Milan Brown, who left after this season to take over at Holy Cross.
This development means Chicago State is the only Division I school still in need of a head coach. Assuming there are no more changes -- and there could be -- 49 Division I programs will begin next season with a new head coach.
Posted on: May 3, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 7:44 pm
Robert Morris coach Mike Rice has reached a deal to take over the men's basketball program at Rutgers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday.
An official announcement could come as early as Tuesday.
Rice is 73-31 in three seasons at Robert Morris.
The Colonials nearly upset Villanova in the first round of this season's NCAA tournament.
Posted on: May 3, 2010 1:02 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2010 1:16 pm
Hofstra coach Tim Welsh resigned Monday, just three days after police charged him with DWI.
"Tim Welsh today tendered his resignation as the Hofstra University men's basketball coach," read a release. "The University accepted the resignation in the best interests of the University and of the men's basketball program."
Welsh, who was hired in late March, was arrested Friday when police found him stopped at a green light. The 49 year old's blood-alcohol level was reportedly twice the legal limit. He pleaded not guilty and is do back in court Tuesday.
Hofstra's search for a new coach will began immediately.
Tom Pecora left the school in March to take over at Fordham.
Posted on: May 2, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 1:46 pm
Saint Mary's associate head coach Kyle Smith is the new coach at Columbia.
"I am very grateful to Dr. M. Dianne Murphy and President Lee C. Bollinger for this tremendous opportunity," Smith said. "I look forward to the challenge of building an Ivy League championship men’s basketball program at Columbia."
Smith has been at Saint Mary's the past nine seasons.
He's replacing Joe Jones, who left to become the associate head coach at Boston College.
Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:01 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 9:08 am
The college basketball season ended 24 days ago.
Still, there are four Division I openings.
The biggest started with Minnesota's decision to fire Dan Monson.
That led to Minnesota hiring Kentucky's Tubby Smith.
Which led to Kentucky hiring Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie.
Which led to Texas A&M hiring Wichita State's Mark Turgeon.
Which led to Wichita State hiring Winthrop's Greg Marshall.
Which led to Winthrop hiring assistant Randy Peele.
In other words, Minnesota's decision to fire Monson played a role in five different schools having to hire new coaches, and that's how you get to 60 schools needing new coaches in one offseason. We've had nothing like that this year. The biggest is Oregon firing Ernie Kent, which led to Oregon hiring Creighton's Dana Altman, which led to Creighton hiring Iowa State's Greg McDermott, which led to Iowa State hiring Fred Hoiberg from the Timberwolves organization. Or DePaul firing Jerry Wainwright, which led to DePaul hiring Clemson's Oliver Purnell, which led to Clemson hiring Wright State's Brad Brownell, which led to Wright State hiring assistant Billy Donlon.
So we've had two three-school combinations but no five-school combinations.
Rest assured, I like it better this way.
Posted on: April 27, 2010 6:47 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2010 8:49 pm
Former Iowa State star Fred Hoiberg has accepted an offer to become the Cyclones' next men's basketball coach, ABC5 Sports in Iowa reported Tuesday.
Hoiberg has been the Minnesota Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations.
He's replacing Gregg McDermott, who left Monday to take over at Creighton.