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1. He can recruit the Midwest/Chicago markets.
2. He knows the Big Ten
3. He can recruit given the high academic demands of a school like Northwestern.
4. He can stick it to scum annually!
5. He'd be a "big name" hire for them/Big Ten.
I bet Northwestern tries to get him there.
This post was edited by mdm2005 13 months ago
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
I think he has an almost perfect gig where he is. Unless he demands and gets big bucks, he doesn't move.
Do you mind if I circulate this thread among my family, friends, and coworkers?
Northwestern isn't exactly a "step up" from Harvard.
Not sure this move would make sense for him.
I am sure they try, but why would he do it? Sure NW is a B1G school and has a great academic side, but all that does is make it harder for the coach there. Even if he does a great job the ceiling there is going to be competitive in the league and a middle to lower seed in the tournament. Unless he gets really lucky with some smart high talent recruits he will never compete for the league title. At Harvard he is on a level playing field and I am sure his wife is not complaining about working with one of the best schools in the country.
tRCMB is the largest and most active Tommy Amaker board on the web.
While I think it would be a decent to good fit for him he might take the Shaka Smart approach and stay put. Might look for a bigger opportunity ie Duke
This post was edited by Stan Sitwell 13 months ago
A man's gotta eat!
He's be a fool to leave his current gig.
"I think the world is run by C students"
And last night he basically sealed a lifetime contract lol
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Harvard is a better gig. I read an article last year on Amakers amazing run at Harvard...basically his theory is that there is elite talent out there playing bball that has the grades to qualify to Harvard. ie Harrison Barnes had the grades to make it into Harvard and this is the type of player he wants to attract to their program.
So far he's put Jeremy Linn into the NBA and he's making history there.
IMO he'll be in the discussion for the Duke job when Coach K hangs it up.
Not sure if it's the 'dream' gig. From what I read the other year not sure the school is to enthused about becoming a sports school. I wish I could find the article, but it seems like there's some obstacles in the way of what he wants to do.
Lol wut? Duke?
That is some blanch-level sports commentary right there.
You would be a fool not to think he would be in serious contention for that job when Coach K hangs it up. But if you want to call me Blanch go ahead
TA couldn't hack it in the B-10 with top 5-10 recruiting classes annually, what makes you think it would be better for him at NW having to compete against the same level of talent but less in terms of facilities and reputation?
He should stay at Harvard and keep making the NCAA's each year unless he actually learns how to coach.
Unless...somebody offers him more money.
He's made it twice in 6 years.
SUPPOSEDLY, the Cats are high on Chris Collins.....we shall see. Hard to win at NU....very hard
On the plus side, you would be a god in Evanston for getting them into the tournament.
Am i taking crazy pills?!?!!
Amaker sucked at scUM.... even though he recruited well..
And as much as i hate ever saying anything remotely like this, but scUM is a step up in athletics than Northwestern.. So i'm pretty sure he would suck at Northwestern
His overall record at scUM was 108–84 (.563) and 43–53 in B1G action..
He was able to get the academic requirements relaxed a bit Harvard. Northwestern doesn't want to do that, though maybe they've finally figured out that they have to in order to compete.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
He'll go where his wife goes. She's the superstar in that family.
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He coached through their sanctions and their facilities were a dump. He took on a crap job.
The perception was that he was a good recruiter, but he never really recruited that well. His highest ranked class was '03 (Harris, Sims, Petway), and our class was rated higher (Brown, Cotton, Naymick).
The year he brought in Horton and Abram, we brought in Davis, Ager, and Trannon.
His best recruits were 2 that later de-committed...Hairston and Crawford (the gap is closing!!!).
Level playing field?????
No, Harvard has placed themselves well above the rest of the Ivy with their lowering of admissions standards for Amaker, the ability to offer guys full aid and having some extremely rich individuals backing the program.
Northwestern is Chris Collins position to turn down and I doubt he will. He really wanted the Illinois job last year. He knows he won't go from assistant to head coach when Coach K retires.
Four years ago, Pete Thamel wrote a story in the New York Times about how new Harvard coach Tommy Amaker had landed a potential recruiting class that experts ranked as one of the top 25 in the nation. Howd Harvard do it? Thamel reported that the school was considering players with lower academic standards than before (although still relatively high when compared to schools attended by the hoi polloi.)
This post was edited by Enrico Palazzo 13 months ago
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