Posted on: April 11, 2008 12:16 am
Everybody knew Oklahoma State officials would put big money on the table for Bill Self. And they did. But it appears the school is also willing to pay top-dollar for a high-profile coach even if said high-profile coach is not named Self, and one direction OSU has already looked is towards Washington State's Tony Bennett.
Three different sources told CBSSports.com late Thursday that either an Oklahoma State official or someone speaking on behalf of an Oklahoma State official reached out to Bennett before Self formally rejected OSU's offer and promised the school could make Bennett among the highest-paid coaches in the nation if he was interested in talking if/once Self opted to remain at Kansas. According to the sources, Bennett rejected the overtures almost immediately and reiterated that he plans to continue coaching at Washington State.
So it's official, isn't it?
Tony Bennett is one content SOB.
And now the attention is back on Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder, who seems set on making a splash with this hire thanks to the money booster T. Boone Pickens can provide. Some notable possibilities bouncing around basketball circles are Southern California's Tim Floyd, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings and Memphis' John Calipari -- though it's unclear whether any of those coaches would actually jump from the good positions they currently hold. Among the more realistic possibilities being mentioned are Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery and VCU's Anthony Grant, the latter of whom one source believes will ultimately make the most sense.
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):