The Texas Longhorns made a transfer Thursday to fireplace males’s basketball coach Chris Beard, however what is going to occur to his job?
For the second time in three years, athletic director Chris Del Conte should determine who will lead the boys’s basketball program.
The excellent news for Del Conte is that it is Texas, so it could go many alternative instructions. This system can rent nearly any coach in the marketplace given its monetary assets and college status. However he additionally has to cope with boosters who would possibly need his personal means.
For now, candidates are grouped by class and never essentially particular candidates. This shall be revealed later this yr.
interim head coach
Rodney Terry is at the moment Texas’ interim head coach, not performing head coach.
Terry beforehand served as head coach at Fresno State College for seven seasons and UTEP for 3 seasons. He took the Bulldogs to his 2015-16 NCAA Event along with his 163 wins and 156 losses.
What impresses the Texas brass and boosters? Maybe a season past Beard’s first season that noticed the Longhorns attain the second spherical of the NCAA Event. It is acquired an amazing crew and no extra Beard distractions across the program. The dangerous information is that boosters are exhausting to impress.
For lack of a greater time period, John Calipari and Rick Pitino. Each are at the moment employed — Calipari in Kentucky and Pitino in his Iona — however a method or one other you higher consider they’re going to be tied to the job.
Each have had unimaginable success on the court docket and recruit trails. Each received nationwide championships. Each carry appreciable baggage to Austin.
Calipari is teaching in one of many sport’s Blue Bloods, and he’ll be fairly exhausting to come back by. Pitino revived his teaching profession at Iona and led Gales to his 2021 NCAA Event berth. His final Energy 6 job was in Louisville and he left in shame. With all of the appreciable assets Texas can carry, does Pitino desire a final shot on the title?
Huge 12 poachers?
Will Del Conte attempt to poach a head coach from the Huge 12 program? Properly, we’ve got to consider it as a result of he did final time (Beard). He is aware of firsthand how good this convention is.
downside? Properly, I feel all of the Huge 12 coaches are the place they wish to be. Bob Huggins (WV) has a retirement job. So does Mark Adams (Texas Tech). Invoice Self (Kansas) and Scott Drew (Baylor) have nationwide titles and long-term offers. Jamie Dixon (TCU) is at his alma mater. TJ Otzelberger (Iowa) may very well be an ISU graduate so long as he was there as an assistant. Porter Moser (OK), Mike Boynton Jr. (OK) and Jerome Tang (Kansas) are good coaches, however not enthusiastic sufficient to shock the Texas boosters.
So no, I do not suppose it is potential in any respect for Del Conte to lure a Huge 12 coach to Austin.
Properly, should you’re attempting to arrange your program for the SEC, grabbing a present SEC coach is value a shot. However who if not John Calipari?
All SEC work is sweet work. One among his SEC coaches is somebody the Longhorns know properly, Rick Barnes. However do your finest to carry him again.
Two of Del Conte’s most intriguing coaches are Eric Musselman of Arkansas and Nate Oates of Alabama. Musselman has returned the Razorbacks to their former glory below Nolan Richardson. He has led the Razorbacks to the Elite Eight over the previous two years. Oats did related work with Crimson Tide.
Just lately, the previous NBA participant has turned his consideration to main faculty packages, with some success. Juwan Howard (Michigan), Anfernee Hardaway (Memphis) and Jerry Stackhouse (Vanderbilt) are only a few. Will del Conte go in that path?
In that case, it’s best to discover the participant you coached. For instance, Howard labored as an assistant for the Warmth in Miami for six years earlier than taking a job in Michigan.
Royal Ivey matches the invoice. He performed in Texas, within the NBA the place he performed for 10 years and is at the moment an assistant in Brooklyn. Sam Cassell, now in Philadelphia, flirts along with his faculty job. Vin Baker has been an assistant to the Bucks for 4 seasons. One other Warmth assistant, Caron Butler, has had an extended profession within the NBA. Jason Terry is an assistant at Utah State and in addition interacts with the college.
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