Posted on: March 15, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2010 4:22 pm
Iowa announced Monday that Todd Lickliter is no longer its basketball coach after just three seasons, making him the third coach to be fired less than 24 hours after Selection Sunday. What's sure to come next is a parade of people pointing to Lickliter's demise and suggesting it's proof that the "grass isn't always greener," proof that coaches should be careful about leaving their small schools the way Lickliter left Butler.
But that's a stupid thing to suggest.
Leaving Butler for a bigger job worked out fine for Thad Matta.
It'll probably work out OK someday for Brad Stevens, too.
(And it made Lickliter wealthy, if nothing else.)
In other words, leaving Butler (or any non-BCS school) for a bigger job isn't the problem. The problem is leaving Butler for a bigger job but continuing to recruit Horizon League players; that's career suicide. Horizon players are great for the Horizon. But you can't win with them in the Big Ten, and that's the biggest reason Lickliter didn't win in the Big Ten.
He didn't recruit Big Ten players.
So now he's gone.