Posted on: April 9, 2010 9:56 am
Edited on: April 10, 2010 8:38 am
Wright State's Brad Brownell is one of at least five coaches who interviewed for the opening at Clemson over the past two days, multiple sources have told CBSSport.com. The others are Wofford's Mike Young, Jacksonville's Cliff Warren, ODU's Blaine Taylor and former Boston College coach Al Skinner.
Brownell has won at least 20 games four straight years and was widely considered the Horizon League's best coaching prospect until Butler's Brad Stevens rose to prominence this season. The Indiana native was in play for the Indiana job that went to Tom Crean two years ago. His candidacy at Clemson suggests the ACC school is considering hiring a rising star as opposed to someone whose career is on the decline like Skinner, the 57-year-old who was fired at BC last week. Young and Taylor both led their teams to the NCAA tournament this season. Warren coached in the NIT.
Other candidates Clemson has, will or could target are VCU's Shaka Smart, Western Kentucky's Ken McDonald, Ohio's John Groce, Oklahoma's Jeff Capel and Baylor's Scott Drew. Multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Clemson officias desired a meeting with Arizona State's Herb Sendek, a former North Carolina State coach, but that he turned down an interview request.
Clemson is searching for a replacement for Oliver Purnell.
He left last Tuesday to take over at DePaul for more than $15 million.
Posted on: September 26, 2009 5:50 pm
I knew my Herb Sendek column would bring the wrath of N.C. State readers.
I was prepared for it.
I'm OK with it.
But I honestly believe the Wolfpack fans who wanted Sendek gone -- and, yes, I know it wasn't all Wolfpack fans -- and still stand behind the move are simply too close to the situation to properly understand what happened. They don't see it like I see it -- or like the rest of the country sees it -- because they're too emotionally attached to enjoy perspective.
Again, Sendek was pushed out after FIVE straight NCAA tournaments.
One. Two. Three. Four. Five.
Do you know how many ACC schools have strung five straight NCAA tournaments within the past 15 seasons?
The answer is five.
His name is Herb Sendek.
But, Gary, Sendek never made an Elite Eight!
That's the other sentence I've read 78 times in the past 24 hours.
And, obviously, that's a fair point.
(Turning sarcasm on)
Because failing to make the Elite Eight just isn't acceptable at what is, at best, the No. 3 basketball school in North Carolina -- a basketball school so great it was turned down by roughly 47 coaches before settling on Sidney Lowe. That's the type of place where Elite Eights should be the standard. I mean, it's not like N.C. State is as pitiful as Florida, which kept Billy Donovan despite him never so much as making a Sweet 16 in the five-year period from 2001 to 2005.
Can you believe that?
Donovan made the NCAA tournament in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
He lost in the first round or second round each time.
Yeah, he won national titles in 2006 and 2007.
Those five years of early exits from the NCAA tournament were embarrassing.
(Turning sarcasm off)
Seriously, it's just insane.
It's one thing for UCLA to run off Steve Lavin or for Kentucky to run off Tubby Smith because simply making the NCAA tournament at UCLA and Kentucky might not be good enough. If moving Lavin leads to Ben Howland at UCLA, it can be rationalized. If moving Smith leads to John Calipari at Kentucky, then perhaps that can be justified, too.
But N.C. State -- and this is the part N.C. State fans refuse to grasp -- isn't UCLA or Kentucky.
It was never getting a Howland or a Calipari.
Or a Rick Barnes.
Or a Jay Wright.
Or any coach of that caliber.
That's why the situations don't compare, because N.C. State moved a guy who made five consecutive NCAA tournaments for an alumnus who had never coached college basketball. And though I actually like Sidney Lowe and recognize that recruiting is going relatively well, the truth is that he's currently predicted to finish 10th-or-worse in the ACC for the fourth straight season.
That's a fact that can't be spun positive.
And neither can the treatment Sendek received at N.C. State.
Posted on: September 25, 2009 3:30 pm
Hayes Permar saw my column on Herb Sendek, then sent a note about a song and video created last year that debuted on 850 The Buzz in North Carolina. Basically, it's Lionel Richie's "Hello," but with different lyrics sung to N.C. State fans from Sendek's point of view.
I know some of you have probably seen it.
But if you haven't, you need to see it.
So click this link and enjoy.
Posted on: May 20, 2008 11:05 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2008 11:09 pm
Posted on: May 14, 2008 4:45 pm
Many of the top basketball assistants in the country have convened in Portland this week for the Villa 7 Consortium.
What the hell is the Villa 7 Consortium, you ask?
It's an annual event designed to help assistants learn from and network with the athletic directors who might someday hire them. There was a 'Casino Night' n Tuesday night and the assistants will pop in and out of sessions all day Wednesday as various head coaches speak about the ins and outs of running their own program. Among the 50-to-60 assistants in attendance to this invitation-only event are Ohio State's John Groce, Texas' Russ Springmann, Ole Miss' Michael White, Kansas' Joe Dooley, Florida State's Stan Jones and Clemson's Shaka Smart.
"It's a great opportunity for a young guy like me to not only learn more about coaching but to also develop more contacts in the business," Smart said by phone from Portland. "It's just a great event."
Head coaches speaking Wednesday are Arizona State's Herb Sendek, Xavier's Sean Miller, Virginia's Dave Leitao and Miami's Frank Haith.
Posted on: February 20, 2008 11:32 am
Edited on: February 20, 2008 11:32 am
Gregg Doyel wrote a column this week about the National Coach of the Year race.
His pick (at this point): Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
That's a nice selection, assuming Roy Williams doesn't strangle Coach K before the ceremony.
And though I believe it's too early to name a winner just yet, I feel comfortable providing a list of 15 legitimate candidates.
So here is a list (presented in alphabetical order):