Posted on: December 21, 2009 2:19 pm

Fontan will transfer to USC

Former Fordham guard Jio Fontan has committed to Southern California and will enroll at the Pac-10 school in January, a source involved in the recruitment told CBSSports.com on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

Scout.com ranked Fontan as one of the top 15 point guards in the Class of 2008, and he was averaging 15.0 points and 4.2 assists for Fordham through five games this season. He should be able to play for USC after the first semester next season. 

Posted on: December 3, 2009 5:02 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2009 5:09 pm

Fordham would be wise to avoid a 'retread'

You're going to hear a lot of names circulating for the Fordham job that opened Thursday, many of which belong to coaches who have been fired at bigger schools. If Fordham wants to go that direction, I wish it luck. But the reality is that jobs like this should nearly always be filled by an assistant on the way up rather than a "retread" on the way down.

Does it work 100 percent of the time?

Of course not.

Nothing works 100 percent of the time just like the ACC doesn't win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge 100 percent of the time. But try to make a list of guys who were fired at big schools and are now doing well at smaller schools, and you probably won't get too far. Former Minnesota coach Dan Monson (now at Long Beach State) is one. Former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker (now at Harvard) might be another. But the list is short, and that's why Fordham should be looking for a young and aggressive assistant who can recruit the New York area, because the young guy who is fighting for his career seems more likely to succeed than the older guy trying to ride some job into retirement.

Just look at this week's AP poll.

There are four non-BCS schools ranked -- No. 17 Gonzaga, No. 23 Butler, No. 24 UNLV and No. 25 Portland -- and three of the four are led by men who were first-time Division I head coaches when they were hired (the other is Lon Kruger, who came to UNLV after a stint in the NBA; former NBA coaches are also good hires, but that's another post for another day). In the "Others Receiving Votes" part of the poll, we have BYU (hired assistant Dave Rose), Memphis (hired assistant Josh Pastner), Dayton (hired assistant Brian Gregory), Missouri State (hired assistant Cuonzo Martin), Virginia Commonwealth (hired assistant Shaka Smart), and Cal State-Fullerton (hired assistant Bob Burton). The only non-BCS schools getting votes that are coached by men who were not hired as first-time Division I head coaches are New Mexico, Richmond and Illinois State, but Steve Alford (New Mexico), Chris Mooney (Richmond) and Tim Jankovich (Illinois State) wouldn't fall under the category of retreads because none of them were ever fired at the collegiate level.

Add it up, and there are 13 non-BCS schools currently getting AP votes.

Nine are led by men who were first-time Division I head coaches when they were hired.

None are led by "retreads."

So the evidence is overwhelming.

And that's why Fordham should hire an assistant, because the retread path is rarely the proper path.

My pick?

Louisville assistant Steve Masiello.

He's from New York.

He's known as a high-level recruiter.

He worked at Manhattan before joining Rick Pitino's staff.

That's the type of guy Fordham should try to hire.

Somebody on the climb, not the decline.
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