How are you comparing Haith to Crean? Did Haith win multiple Big Ten championships and take multiple teams to the Sweet 16 after inheriting a program ransacked by NCAA violations? Crean has recruited at a national level. He's coached in a Final Four. The only thing Haith and Crean have in common is the number of letters in their last names.
It all depends on who gets the job and what he brings to the roster in terms of instant impact players. Best case scenario, the team makes big progress next year, gets into the NCAA bubble discussion and by 2018-19, with Puryear-Walton-Phillips as seniors, Mizzou gets into the Dance. It doesn't take three to five years to turn around a hoops program if you hire the right guy.
I don't know about a certain figure, but if the school is serious about hiring a sitting high-major coach, it has to push the $3 million threshold. That would likely come with a big buyout.
Crean getting fired at Indiana is completely different than Haith getting fired at Miami. Indiana is a top 10 program with some outsized, sometimes unrealistic expectations. If Crean produced his Indiana record while the coach at Miami, the Hurricanes would have a statue of him outside the arena. If Haith had his Miami record while the HC at Indiana, he wouldn't have lasted three years. Like I said earlier, we'll have a list of targets published when there's an open job. If you want to discuss specific coaches, I'd be happy to discuss. A chat forum isn't the place for me to give away my reporting on this topic.
It all depends on what Sterk can pull from donors. Mizzou's entire athletics department only made a $2 million profit last year. That number will almost definitely fall for the current fiscal year because of the drop in ticket sales for football and men's hoops. MU isn't swimming in piles of cash like some believe. They'll have to raise more to pay more.
I entertained the possibility of a name change in the past, but I think we can do better. I'm open to all suggestions. But no lame puns.
I'm not surprised SLU has the better record. For one, Mizzou plays better teams in its conference. Ford, as a first-year coach, can probably get more out of his team because they figure he's going to be around for the rest of their career, or at least another year.
Because Barnett waited until the middle of his sophomore season to transfer. That year counts as one of the four that he gets to play.
I doubt it. And I doubt Quin would take that route. He knows the game. He did a great job in Austin with the Toros and he's a coach of the year candidate with Utah this year. But the NCAA rule book wasn't his specialty. I don't think he'd care for all the glad-handing you have to do in college. In the NBA, you manage egos and you coach - and you're free of all the sideshow stuff that college coaches have to manage.
I'm talking with Barry Odom this afternoon. Stay tuned. But, yes, as I wrote a few weeks back, all but one of nearly 20 power conference teams that employ two linebacker coaches run a base 3-4 defense. Barry Odom's base at Memphis was 3-4. Brian Odom came from Washington State where then ran a base 3-4. Add it up and it signals a change for Mizzou. We'll see what Barry has to say later today.
Late first round. I say Pittsburgh or Atlanta.
I agree to some degree, but Wes Clark and Johnathan Williams were four-star players that Anderson inherited. They both left the team on his watch. He's responsible for everything that happens on his watch. Gant, Wright and Gill-Caesar were four-star players that Anderson's staff wanted. They didn't work out. He inherited a bad situation but he didn't make it any better.
I'd be surprised if he jumps right back into coaching, but I could see him working in college basketball in some capacity. Maybe he takes an administrative role at Mizzou or at the conference level. I don't think he's ready to just retire.
Book is coming along great, like we talked about yesterday. I wouldn't be surprised if Crean looks for a soft landing before IU is forced to fire him. It's definitely a situation to watch closely. Cronin is a great coach. He nearly left his alma mater for UNLV last year and got cold feet. He's not a name I've heard associated with this search, but he would be a strong hire.
You're not crazy. He's the second-best coach in the program's history. Recruiting fell off but he didn't bring any shame to the program. He cleaned up an awful mess and made Mizzou relevant locally and nationally.
Without looking it up, I think the next round of approval from one of the NCAA voting panels takes place in the spring, maybe April. The schools want to add a 10th coach. It's a move that will favor the schools that already have the most resources. It's all about recruiting, not coaching. Teams can already hire analysts and grad assistants who can help with the coaching aspect. Adding a 10th assistant gives you another recruiter on the road.
Too many unanswered questions about this defense to have a read on how it'll come together. Big holes to fill at corner and D-tackle and linebacker. On one hand, they can't be much worse than last year. Adding a couple new coaches and the junior college infusion along the D-line might be just what the defense needs.
I never said I thought he would leave, just that he would be a great choice for Missouri. He almost left for UNLV last year, so it would be naive to think he'd never consider other options.
Not sure. He wanted an extension after his third season. He wasn't going to get one based on the program's downward trend and, likely, the scrutiny he brought the school with the Miami investigation. I'm sure Frank would say he would have been able to recruit better HS prospects were it not for the Miami scandal lingering over his head. If so, maybe he relies on fewer transfers and he's got a better roster heading into his fourth season.
Here are some power conference teams that used a base 3-4 defense last year: Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Arizona State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Virginia, Washington State, Wisconsin. It can work in the SEC or any power conference if you have the right players.
OK, folks, that's all for today. We might have to reschedule next week's chat. I could be on the road coming back from Nashville - plus spring football begins next week, Tuesday and Thursday. Thanks for joining me today.