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They could do worse, and probably will. It'd help to take the OP seriously if he could spell Stephens' name.
At this point, why not target either Stephens or Phillips? Stephens is a huge reason Izzo can get almost any recruit's attention (aside from on court sucsess, which is sort of the chicken or egg debate in college hoops), and Phillips comes from a winning pedigree. I think either of these guys would be more exciting than a hot coach like Enfield or a pricey guy like Buzz. I would like to see something get built organically with a guy on his first shot, maybe we can catch lightning in a bottle.
This post was edited by Bruce Banner Ad 12 months ago
Vim -- noun: robust energy and enthusiasm : VITALITY
For whatever reason, going to that site reminds me of the old tRCMB . . . sigh
Glad to hear they are after Stephenson. Wouldn't want to lose DJ.
Those guys on the Minnesota board are funny!
Think they "have their pick" of coaches when they have already had two or three tell them no. Minnesota just isn't the next hot job out there. But they don't know that,.
Expect to hire a coach to take them to a national championship and there is no talk of upgrading the basketball facilities.
I think we at least know that it takes years to build a program and you must have good facilities and the willingness to add on to them (Berkovich addition) and, of course, to have one really, really great coach who sticks around for a number of years! And good assistants, good technology (video advances) and a great promotional staff. Not to mention top recruits from the state and midwest.
That's all it takes. Good luck, Minnesota!
This post was edited by Final Fours 12 months ago
Is their administration discussing DJ?
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
Already had Smart, Hoiberg, and Flip Saunders say no. If they don't get the Wichita State coach (not sure why he'd want the job), then they'll really be moving down their list to an assistant who doesn't have HC experience, or a HC from a small school that really hasn't done anything yet.
Hey Minny. Tell me how my ass taste.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad. -- Lyndon Johnson
Every time another candidate turns them down, the more they regret the decision to fire Tubby.
He can bring his blue suit.
hoke- to alter or manipulate so as to give a deceptively or superficially improved quality or value.
Why would Buzz Williams go from Marquette to Minny? Downgrade
Still think MN wants a coach with HC experience. Smart and Hoiberg are staying put.
South Dakota State's Scott Nagy or Nothern Iowa's Ben Jaconson are both young and have recruited the upper Midwest. They are like Nebraska's hire of Tim Miles who came from Colorado State.
Surprised Fife isn't being mentioned or maybe Stephens is a smoke screen. Fife has HC experience.
They should hire Saul Smith.
Mick Cronin from Cinncy is the latest to turn them down.
This post was edited by Sparty2QP 12 months ago
he hates is AD who has imposed academic standards and conduct standards upon Buzz's players and suspended Buzz for a recruiting violation.
"If you have the right to be offended I have the right to offend you." - Ricky Gervais
you do realize many guys who "turn down" coaching jobs are only candidates according to the media or put their own names out there to get a raise or contract extension from their current school, right? Buzz Williams, mentioned above, had his agent leaking his name about being offered the Arkansas job when in fact Arkansas targeted and only interviewed one guy, Mike Anderson. But, Buzz got a raise out of it.
This post was edited by Enrico Palazzo 12 months ago
Does the university reaching out to someone make them a candidate?
Andy Katz @ESPNAndyKatz
Source: Minnesota reached out to Cincinnati's Mick Cronin, but he withdrew from consideration, citing family, commitment to UC.
Have a feeling Stephens wouldn't want the job and Izzo would probably be against it too. He can do better than a school that refuses to give him the facilities to succeed and forces him to recruit and coach against his former boss.
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Mark Dantonio.
Have a feeling he'd want a 8x increase in salary, and be the head of a major conference program without having to work through the mid majors a la Monty
Wow, I've lost count, how many coaches have turned down Minny at this point? Maybe they'd be better off to keep things close to the vest to save face.
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
I think Larry Eustachy would be their best bet.
The MN AD is either ready to announce a major coup or he stepped on his crank in a major way. I'm am not an AD and don't play one on TV but if you are going to pull the plug on your current coach wouldn't you be having your search agent talking to coaches agents who have been told by their client they would entertain a move prior to firing your coach?
What was the big hurry in firing Tubby Smith last week? Was it something in his contract that required MN to pay more? Everyone knows the NCAA Finals is shopping bizarre for schools looking for coaches and coaches looking for staff.
They should go after Bacari Alexander and his middle school science experiments. They could use some hard hats and boiling water up there.
Maybe Brian Ellerbee is free.
Depends. If you want the money and "prestige", I guess that's a good move. If you want to be successful and be looked at as such, probably not a good idea to go to a school that isn't going to help you to get there. There are good jobs and bad jobs. Minnesota is a bad job.
And younger guys have to look long term. Without facilities (which Tubby was promised) kids are simply not going to want to go there. Break ground on a practice gym and you will see instant results (See: Ann Arbor)
For a young assistant coach, sure, it may be a big payday, but where are you left in 4 years when you are fired? I guess the DJ thing may have been an idea IF (no info) he has a relationship with the Pulley AAU team???
How is anyone going to follow Tubby? If they throw him under the bus, no one with any name recognition should want to go there. They're probably going to have to get some unknown willing to take the risk for a 5 year deal way better than anyone else is offering.
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