Marquette Hires Wojciechowski

When Buzz Williams departed Marquette to become the new head coach of men’s basketball at Virginia Tech, it left a pretty big hole to fill in college basketball.  While Marquette may not be a top tier job, it is a good job and is certainly worthy of a good coach. A lot of speculation began, and of course Shaka Smart was in the mix at some point.  So who would Marquette nab to be the successor to Williams, who was an assistant with the Golden Eagles when he won the job?

Steve Wojciechowski

Duke’s own Steve Wojciechowski.  That is who.  Wojo gets his first head coaching gig after being on the Duke bench since 1999.

Most excited for this move are all current and future frontcourt players for Duke, as they will not have to deal with the floor slapping, former point guard trying to teach them post up moves.

Best of luck to Wojo and Marquette.  This is a head scratcher to me, as I think Marquette could have drawn someone with experience running a program versus someone who has experience being a glorified drama professor.

Coaching Carousel: Fedora one and done at UNC? UPDATE

So you thought college football coaching news in the triangle ended when NC State nabbed Dave Doeren in less than a week?… WRONG!!

With the coaching carousel in full spin mode right now rumors about job openings and who is going where are popping up daily. One interesting one this morning….

Tennessee interviewing UNC’s Larry Fedora about their head coaching job.  That is right , could Fedora leave town after one year at Chapel Hill and head to the almighty SEC?

Here is what is being said on Tarheelblog.com.  Is he really considering leaving or maybe using this as a way to get more money, kind of like Les Miles at LSU.  It was pointed out that Fedora could have taken an SEC job last year  at Texas A&M in his hometown, College Station, TX.  Or he could bethinking of leaving because of more possible punishment for UNC football. When is the Martin Report coming out anyway?  

This also from Tarheelblog.com It should be pointed out that this is happening in New York where Fedora and Bubba Cunningham are both in town for the National Football Foundation awards banquet. This even draws coaches and AD from every school to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel where all sorts of networking and yes discussions about open job vacancies happen. If you recall, Cunningham did the bulk of his work during this event last year in hiring Fedora.

Right now it clearly in the yes he is/no he isnt interviewing phase.

Other coaching talk.

Apparently Auburn is going hard after Kirby Smart.  Now sounds like Gus Malzahn will be back at Auburn, this time as the head coach.

Mike (I’m a man, I’m 40) Gundy to Arkansas from Ok. State.   Bret Bielema heading to Arkansas from Wisconsin. Apparently this news stirred up a helping of possible #NCStateSheeeeeet with thoughts of Doeren backing out of his deal and heading back to Wisconsin.  I dont see that happening.

ACC Coach of the Year, Coaching Carousel Update & the ACC sues Maryland

Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe is the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year. Cutcliffle led Duke to a 6-6 record and their first bowl appearance since 1994. He also received a recent contract extension through 2019.

Here is how the voting went…

COACH OF THE YEAR
David Cutcliffe, Duke (25)
Dabo Swinney, Clemson (7)
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (5)
Larry Fedora, North Carolina (4)
Al Golden, Miami (4)
Tom O’Brien, NC State (1)

In coaching hiring and firing news. Florida State Defensive Coordinator Mark Stoops has accepted the head coaching job at Kentucky. According to Kentucky Sports Radio

The ACC has filed a lawsuit against Maryland, requiring Maryland to pay the full ACC exit fee of $52 million

 

 

 

The ACC Coaching Welcome Wagon is Worn Out

With the ACC coaching carousel finally coming to a stop with the hiring of Mark Turgeon at Maryland, 8 of the 12 ACC schools have made a coaching change in the last three years. This sort of coaching turnover is almost unprecedented in a basketball-first league like the ACC and turnover at even half this rate hasn’t been seen in the league in the last 30 years.

It is interesting to compare the early 1980s, when in a period of two years Duke, NC State, and Georgia Tech would all hire young coaches on the rise who would become legends at their respective schools, to the 2-3 year period we are experiencing now. Here is the ACC coaching lineup heading into the 1981-82 season:

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Turgeon leaves College Station for College Park

 

I got that "coach pointing move" thing down too

“He was always one of the top people on our list” – Maryland AD  Kevin Anderson

mmmhmmm, ok *cough*Gottfried*cough*.

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon has accepted Maryland’s offer to become their new head basketball coach.  He replaces Gary Williams who retired last week.  Turgeon has been at A&M for the last for seasons, making the NCAA Tournament each year.  He also was the head coach at Wichita State and Jacksonville State.

The hire has already been called uninspired by some, and praised by others.

Turgeon, who is 46,  has some UNC ties.  He was recruited by Larry Brown at Kansas, played point guard for four years, and then became an assistant coach at KU.  He was an assistant under Brown and Roy Williams when Roy took over the program.

Larry Brown said that Turgeon, who was one of his first recruits, “is right up there” with some of his other former assistants, including John Calipari, Bill Self and Gregg Popovich, in terms of his basketball IQ.

So Maryland’s coaching search ends after being turned down by names like Sean Miller, Brey, Jamie Dixon, Brad Stevens, and others.  Not sure if Debbie Yow contacted any of those coaches about the Maryland job (I kid, I kid).

When Turgeon was at Jacksonville State, one of their league opponents was Georgia State, their head coach during that time was Lefty Driesell.

Miller Says No to Maryland

Sean Miller Tells Kevin Anderson Where To Put Maryland's Coaching Gig

So much for all of the Sean Miller to Maryland talk.  Miller has already squashed that rumor, and has now signed an extension with Arizona.  Nice read from Andy Katz about Miller and what he is doing at Arizona.

Funny twist to this story is that Katz says that two “close confidants” of Miller’s told the four letter network that he was going to leave Arizona for Maryland.  Then Miller met with Anderson on Saturday, and those “close confidants” started changing their tunes.  Does this mean that he wanted the job, but Anderson turned him off to it?  I thought Anderson was such a great guy to work for, unlike his predecessor at Maryland?

In the end this is yet another credit to the great job that Sean Miller is doing.  Unfortunately for Arizona Fan, they are going to have to deal with this every time a major job opens up over the next few years.  Rest easy, Arizona Fan, Miller is not going anywhere and the fact that two ACC squads have now tried to steal him away only means that you have a great thing going.  It is much better than no one calling because your team stinks.

So who will be next to turn Kevin Anderson down?  Katz says Brad Stevens is up next on Anderson’s docket.  After getting a resounding no from Stevens, will he turn to Shaka Smart?  While it would certainly appeal to my dislike of Maryland to see them go through a long, painful search, it is not good for the ACC.  Go ahead and call Mike Brey already.

Gary Williams Retires

After “sabotaging” Debbie Yow’s coaching search, Maryland’s Gary Williams has decided to retire from coaching after 33 years.

This, along with Gus Johnson parting ways with CBS. No more “Rise and Fire” during #NCAAT. What is the college basketball world coming to?

 

Yow Gott Her Man

Gottfried already has a coveted Red Jacket

It has been a few weeks now since Debbie Yow hired one Mark Gottfried to be the new men’s head basketball coach at NC State University.  At first, everyone was surprised, if not shocked by the hire.  No one expected Gottfried to be the guy.  Anyone that says they did is not being intellectually honest.  Not me, not Nino, not the guys at StateFansNation.com, PackPride.com, or any of the national media saw this coming.  No-bah-dee.  At first, I was not sure what to think, other than “at least I know who he is.”  Now that the dust is settling, it is time to give some perspective.  Hit the jump if you feel like it. Continue reading Yow Gott Her Man

5:00PM Announcement from NC State

Press Conference at 5PM at the Dale Center to announce NC State’s new basketball coach.  Word on the Street…Mark Gottfried.  Gottfried was the Head Coach at Alabama from 1998-2009.  Gottfried’s Wiki page already has him listed as replacing Sidney Lowe at NC State.

He was on Jim Harrick’s staff at UCLA with Steve Lavin and Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar.  He led Alabama to the Elite 8 in 2004.