Tag:Darrin Horn
Posted on: April 8, 2009 3:40 am
Edited on: April 8, 2009 3:53 am
 

The latest on Xavier's search for a new coach

Sean Miller wants Chris Mack to succeed him at Xavier.

"I'm hopeful that happens," Miller said at his Arizona news conference. "I think it would be a great choice."

As do the readers of the Cincinnati Enquirer . Nearly 60 percent of those responding to an online poll want Mack to be Xavier's next coach. In third place is Siena's Fran McCaffery with 9.4 percent (as I type), although McCaffery's comments to a New York radio station suggest he might not even be on Xavier's radar.

"I’d like to be the coach of the Lakers, but they didn’t call me," McCaffery said when asked about the Xavier opening. "There’s no sense talking about a job where nobody has expressed any interest in me." Also worth noting: At least one New York media outlet is reporting that McCaffery is on the verge of signing an extension with Siena. An announcement could come as early as Wednesday.

Other names in the online poll are Brad Brownell (Wright State), Brad Stevens (Butler), Ken McDonald (Western Kentucky), John Groce (Ohio), Louis Orr (Bowling Green), Jim Christian (TCU) and Darrin Horn (South Carolina).

Horn is the lone BCS-affiliated coach of the listed candidates.

But would he really leave the SEC for the A-10?

Answer: It's possible considering Horn is the lowest paid coach in the SEC East. According to published reports, Horn -- i.e., the man who just led South Carolina to a tie for first in the SEC East -- makes roughly $800,000 per year. That number is dwarfed by the salaries of Billy Donovan (Florida), John Calipari (Kentucky), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) and Mark Fox (Georgia), the last of whom left Nevada for Georgia last week and signed a deal worth $1.3 million per year.

Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:52 am
Edited on: March 28, 2008 10:57 am
 

So now what at South Carolina?


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jeff Capel's decision to sign an extended contract for more money with Oklahoma took the leading candidate to replace Dave Odom at South Carolina out of the mix. Even worse, it removed a minority candidate from the equation. And if you believe Seth Emerson's recent story in The State (which you should, by the way) then it's clear South Carolina was hoping to fill this position with a minority in order to add diversity to an athletic department that has had just one black head coach in its history.

His name is Curtis Frye.

He's a track and field coach.

And it now appears Frye might remain the only black head coach at the school because South Carolina doesn't seem enamored with any other potential candidates who fit that description outside of VCU's Anthony Grant -- a man unlikely to take a bottom-tier SEC job given how he's arguably the hottest name in the business and a potential candidate for practically anything and everything that is already open or will open elsewhere in the coming weeks.

Miami's Frank Haith and Tulane's Dave Dickerson are the most logical candidates now.

But are either of those guys the guy South Carolina wants?

Multiple industry sources are skeptical. So now most believe this search could evolve into something the school didn't necessarily plan for, which is a broader (not to mention extended) search including candidates it never expected to consider. Among those are Western Kentucky's Darrin Horn, UMass' Travis Ford and Davidson's Bob McKillop. But either way, the point I'm trying to make is that Capel's spurning of South Carolina now has everything being revaluated and the initial plan to add diversity might no longer be the priority it once was.

 

Posted on: March 21, 2008 6:49 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2008 6:50 pm
 

From the hot seat to a hot commodity


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.
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