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Posted on: April 24, 2010 7:59 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 8:01 pm
 

Done Deal: Oregon hiring Creighton's Altman


Creighton's Dana Altman has, as expected, agreed in principle to become Oregon's next basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Saturday.

FoxSports.com first reported the news.

A formal announcement should come Sunday.

The press conference will likely be Monday at Oregon.

Altman has made seven NCAA tournaments in 16 seasons at Creighton. He famously accepted the Arkansas job three years ago but turned back after discovering he wasn't comfortable with the situation at the SEC school. Arkansas subsequently hired John Pelphrey.

This hire comes seven weeks after it was first reported that Oregon would fire Ernie Kent. The school tried to replace him with a number of high-level coaches -- among them Gonzaga's Mark Few, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Butler's Brad Stevens and Missouri's Mike Anderson -- but was rejected each time, either formally or informally.
Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:33 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 2:42 pm
 

Altman nearing deal with Oregon


Creighton's Dana Altman, barring a snag in negotiations, will accept an offer to become Oregon's next men's basketball coach, a source close to Altman confirmed to CBSSports.com on Saturday.

Assuming everything goes as planned, a formal announcement could come Sunday.

Altman has made seven NCAA tournaments in 16 seasons at Creighton. He famously accepted the Arkansas job three years ago but turned back after discovering he wasn't comfortable with the situation at the SEC school. Arkansas subsequently hired John Pelphrey.

This development comes seven weeks after it was first reported that Oregon would fire Ernie Kent. The school tried to replace him with a number of high-level coaches -- among them Gonzaga's Mark Few, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Butler's Brad Stevens and Missouri's Mike Anderson -- but was rejected each time, either formally or informally.
Posted on: April 17, 2010 10:29 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Anderson passes on Oregon, will stay at Missouri


Mike Anderson will remain with Missouri rather than accept an offer from Oregon.

"It’s certainly flattering anytime another university notices what your program is accomplishing, and when I was approached by Oregon I decided to listen, but it was simply with my family in mind," Anderson said Saturday night. "All that quick conversation did was reaffirm that Missouri is home to us."

It's believed Oregon offered Anderson more than $2 million per season to move to the Pac-10. But he passed on the opportunity after a three-day courtship -- just like Gonzaga's Mark Few, Florida's Billy Donovan, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and others have already done.

Oregon is searching for Ernie Kent's replacement.

Kent was fired last month.

This development should make the Tigers a preseason Top 25 team. In addition to their coach, they return their top three scorers and will enroll a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks 10th nationally. The six-player class is headlined by junior college All-American Ricardo Ratliffe and high school standouts Tony Mitchell and Phil Pressey.
Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:37 am
 

Report: Oregon meets with Missouri's Anderson


Missouri's Mike Anderson met with an Oregon official Thursday night in El Paso, Texas to discuss the Ducks' coaching vacancy, The Oregonian newspaper is reporting.

A source told CBSSports.com that "someone speaking on behalf of Oregon" first approached Anderson in an informal way during Final Four weekend, but that nothing developed and he never heard back from anybody until earlier this week. Now Anderson has met with former Oregon athletic director Pat Kilkenny -- the man heading the search because Oregon doesn't currently have an AD -- in person. But it's unclear whether Anderson would accept an offer considering he rejected offers of more than $2 million per year last year from both Memphis and Georgia.

Anderson reportedly makes $1.55 million per year.

He has a team that should be ranked in the preseason Top 25 thanks to the return of Kim English and a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks 10th nationally. Anderson has been at Missouri four seasons. He's made the NCAA tournament each of the past two seasons.
Posted on: March 29, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable


A TV station is reporting that Oregon's prepared to make Tom Izzo college basketball's richest coach.

Assuming it's true -- and with all the misinformation circulating these days, that's nothing more than an assumption -- it's the latest example of school officials forgetting to take a common sense approach to their coaching searches. I mean, I don't doubt the idea of becoming insanely rich is intriguing to Izzo, and I don't doubt Izzo has hinted that he'll listen if only because you listen when Nike founder Phil Knight calls. But there's a massive difference between a man being interested and a man being attainable, and in the middle of those two things is where Tom Izzo resides.

Has Izzo at times felt under-appreciated at Michigan State?

Yes.

Has he been frustrated by it?

Yes.

But Izzo is on his way to his second straight Final Four, and he's the most appreciated coach in the country these days. So he might listen and be genuinely be interested. But when it's time to make the call, does anybody think Izzo could actually pull the so-called trigger and leave Michigan State for Oregon? That's the question Oregon officials should ask themselves before they spend a week waiting on Izzo's season to end. Even if he's intrigued and interested, would he really do it?

Correct answer: No.

Izzo wouldn't do it because he couldn't bring himself to do it.

And that's why Oregon officials would be silly to sit around and wait to make a formal pitch and get a formal rejection. They should throw money at Minnesota's Tubby Smith or Saint Mary's Randy Bennett -- or somebody else who is actually attainable -- get a deal done, introduce their new coach and get to work on rebuilding their program. Oregon swung big at Florida's Billy Donovan, Gonzaga's Mark Few and Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, but none of those guys are willing to leave the good jobs they have for the Pac-10. Neither is Tom Izzo. Or Mike Krzyzewski. Or Roy Williams, just so we're clear.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:21 am
Edited on: March 27, 2010 11:24 am
 

Minnesota 'can't pay' Smith what Oregon could


HOUSTON -- It's been 11 days since Oregon fired Ernie Kent, and there's still no coach in place.

But that could change soon if the school moves away from its top candidates.

It's no secret that Oregon -- backed by the money of Nike founder Phil Knight -- would love to make a big hire like Mark Few, Jamie Dixon or Billy Donovan, but that seems unlikely at this point because Few and Dixon have little interest in leaving Gonzaga and Pittsburgh -- remember, either could've had the Arizona job last year -- and anything west of the Mississippi River is unfamiliar territory (and probably too far from home) for Donovan, a New York native who has won two national titles at Florida.

That leaves the next tier of candidates headlined by Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon and Minnesota's Tubby Smith.

Prediction: Oregon will land one of those two.

It's worth noting only Texas A&M seems willing to fight for its coach.

"We will make every effort to make sure Mark Turgeon remains our coach," Texas A&M athletics director Bill Byrne, coincidentally also a former Oregon athletics director, told The Register-Guard. "And Ducks who remember me will know how hard I'll work to do that. … My [job] is to keep Mark Turgeon as the coach of the Aggies."

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi isn't as enthusiastic about trying to keep Smith.

"Somebody will offer him $3 million," Maturi told the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. "We can't pay him $3 million."

Bottom line, Oregon probably won't get Few, Dixon or Donovan, but Turgeon and Smith are realistic options.

One of the latter two will likely be offered and accept the position in the next week.

Just depends on which coach Oregon officials want to purchase.
Posted on: March 25, 2010 8:35 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2010 8:45 pm
 

Boise State hires Gonzaga assistant

HOUSTON -- Gonzaga assistant Leon Rice has accepted an offer to be Boise State's basketball coach, a source close to Rice confirmed to CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is expected Friday.

This development is interesting on a larger scale because it suggests Mark Few doesn't plan to leave Gonzaga -- even though he's clearly a candidate at Oregon -- because Rice would've likely been Few's successor, and it's doubtful he would've taken the Boise State job if he thought Few was leaving. In other words, Gonzaga's loss of an assistant is also the first real sign that its head coach intends to stay.

Posted on: March 19, 2010 12:58 pm
 

Bellotti expected to step down as Oregon AD


Oregon has scheduled a press conference for this afternoon, at which point Mike Bellotti is expected to announce he's stepping down as the school's athletic director.

A statement from the school said only that Oregon "will make an importantant announcement about leadership at the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics." A local newspaper is reporting that Bellotti could opt to get back into coaching or explore career opportunties in television.

Bellotti fired basketball coach Ernie Kent earlier this week.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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