Hey, chatters. Welcome to a special Mizzou basketball coaching search chat. There's a lot going on in the world of Mizzou sports but I wanted to focus on the hoops situation. I'll be here for the next 90 minutes or so. (I'm multitasking today, also on the SEC coaches teleconference). I'll get as many questions as possible.
Thanks, Ray. I will pass along any credible info I get from trusted sources and people in the industry. I don't like to throw around every rumor I hear. You've got to have a good BS filter during coaching searches because agents and candidates can fling a lot of info out there that's not accurate.
I don't sense Romar is a serious candidate - and there's no guarantee he's getting fired at Washington. But at least two prominent donors have been in his corner going back to this time last year. Others have ruled him out of the mix but I'm not there yet. Part of me doubts he and his family would want to move to mid-missouri after spending most of their life in a metro area.
They haven't been available for interivews and won't be until after Wednesday's game in Nashville.
Of those criteria I came up with - my criteria, not necessarily Jim Sterk's - I think Tom Crean, Cuonzo Martin and Scott Drew - check those boxes the best. I'm told the timelline had been building for some time, from both sides, to announce the news Sunday instead of after the final game. Sterk and Anderson had been talking for a while on how to resolve the situation. One source said Kim had known since the middle of last week that it was going to be announced on Sunday. I couldn't answer the revenue question off the top of my head. Would take some number crunching to answer that.
I wouldn't say style of play is that specific of a criteria from what I've gathered. Defensive-minded coaches can put an exciting product on the court, too.
Hardly ever. It's a pretty relaxing job.
Here's Florida coach Mike White when asked about the Missouri job just now: "I think Missouri’s a great job. I don’t know a ton about it. I know they’ve got an incredible associate AD up there named Brian White. (His brother)." He also cited MU's recruiting base, tradition and facility as being a plus.
I don't like to put odds on these things. I guess I'll take Crean/Cuonzo, but I don't feel very safe about it. Crean probably has to be fired for him to get the Missouri job. That's not a given. And I'm not convinced that Martin is convinced this is the right job for him. Missouri and Illinois could have their most competitive contest in years for his services.
I don't have a good sense for that. The easy answer is you wait as long as your No. 1 target needs.
Here's what I've gathered on at least one of the mentioned boosters: They want to win and win now. Romar equals Porter and that's the fastest track to having an elite player on the roster. I agree, it's short-sighted based on Romar's track record at Washington. Boosters drove the same decision to hire Quin Snyder over Bill Self, and even though there's been complete turnover in the administration there, I think there's still some scar tissue in and around the program from letting donors make decisions. They have influence but I don't get the sense they're pulling the strings this time around.
Gregg Marshall doesn't move the needle? I think the needle would explode and combust into countless pieces if a program like Missouri ever hired him. I just don't think it's realistic. He listens to every offer, plays footsie with ADs then goes back to Kansas, gets a raise from the Koch brothers and builds another 30-win team. One of these days someone is going to break the cycle and hire him but I don't anticipate it being Missouri.
Yes, possibly. I don't think you have to hire Romar to sign Porter. What if Romar gets fired and doesn't get a job at another power conference school? Porter has to play somewhere. Indiana was in his top five. Maybe Porter liked Indiana enough that he'd go there under a different coach - or play for Crean somewhere else. But all of those scenarios require Romar to leave UW. Otherwise Porter isn't getting out of his letter of intent.
Fan interest was dwindling in Haith's last season. I think there's a lot of disconnect with the fan base and the program that goes beyond the head coach. The players were shuffling in and out at a high rate. Fans weren't in love with SEC hoops and the novelty of seeing more teams was starting to wear off. Maybe a new coach who can win some games instantly can revive the fan base, but I think Mizzou has to do more to make the home environment more fan friendly. The building has so much energy when the students pack their section. New administration needs to make some concessions to get students back in the house.
I haven't gotten any indication they'll look at an assistant who doesn't have HC experience. So, that's probably a non-starter. I don;t think Missouri can sustain the one-and-done model. It's only worked for two teams: Duke and Kentucky. And Duke has struggled some this year with the model.
Agreed. It was time. Missouri gets a head start on the process at a time when coaches are starting to consider their options. Back in January or February coaches are more consumed with their current team - but less so in March.
Again, I don't sense Romar is a strong candidate - if he's a candidate at all. I'm told Missouri put out some feelers on him and I know he's got some support from donors. I thought Mike White would have been a great choice three years ago. The mutual interest wasn't there at the time. I think Missouri could make a good choice with a mid-major choice, but if you get someone that doesn't excite the fan base, you might be looking at a longer rebuild.
I don't think regional ties matter that much. Recruiters can recruit. Ford has done a great job attracting talent to SLU and he's not a Missouri guy/St. Louis guy. Gary Pinkel did a good job initially recruiting in-state talent and he had zero ties to the state of Missouri. You need a guy who can sell and a guy who has a staff that can sell.
Possibly, but I've heard his name connected to this search for weeks, from both ends. I've also heard his name connected with possible openings at LSU and Illinois - so maybe his agent is building interest to leverage a raise. Or maybe Travis wants to get back to a major conference.
The NCAA look into Baylor has focused on football, so I don't think his program is at risk of any issues. Here's what I know about Drew: He's got the natural ties to Missouri and Mizzou. (His wife attended MU). Baylor is a top 10 team and draws the second-smallest crowds in the Big 12. It's a football state. Would he want to go somewhere that appreciates basketball more? I don't know. That said, I'm told it will take a lot of $ to entice Drew, maybe more than Mizzou can pay.
There has been some third-party feelers out there. That's why you work with a search firm, so you can deny targeting coaches/agents. I wouldn't compare this situation to past searches because the entire power structure has turned over. New AD, new associate AD (who's well connected to the hoops industry), new president, new (interim) chancellor, new curators. Alden's first two basketball hires were widely praised, Snyder and Anderson, at the time of the hires, but the process was easily second-guessed both times. Obviously the last two hires were highly scrutinized. I've said before the Anderson hire wasn't all on Alden. His bosses wanted that hire and I don't think Alden was all in.
Not really. It's impossible to get everyone involved on the same page. I doubt that happens at any school. I'm sure there are donors/regents/curators at Texas that wanted someone other than Tom Herman. Ultimately it's the AD's hire. He was hired to make these decisions.
I'm told there's interest in Enfield from multiple places. He's done a nice job at USC but he's in UCLA's shadow. He made a huge splash five years ago at Florida Gulf Coast where he essentially built the team from scratch. Sterk has to be more familiar with West Coast guys because of his time and contacts in the WCC and Pac-12.