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: March 27, 2008 9:24 am
CHARLOTTE -- The coaching carousel is gaining speed, evidence being Wednesday's hiring of Cuonzo Martin at Missouri State and firing of Ben Braun at California. So Missouri State is now filled and Cal is now open. But the best job available is still Indiana, where the names most regularly mentioned as potential replacements are Washington State's Tony Bennett, Xavier's Sean Miller and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl.
Two other names making the rounds here at the East Regional: Pitt's Jamie Dixon and Texas' Rick Barnes.
Would either take the job if offered?
Honestly, it's hard to say -- though all indications are that Barnes is perfectly happy at Texas while a move further west would make more sense for Dixon considering he's from California. Still, multiple sources said Wednesday night that Indiana officials are at least interested to know whether Dixon or Barnes (along with Bennett, Miller and Pearl) would be interested in taking over the Hoosiers program, meaning Dixon and Barnes are legitimate IU targets until they make it clear they don't want to be.
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):