First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

The First USA Today Coaches Poll for the college basketball season is out.  You’ll notice the link is to an ESPN version.  This is because the USA Today page is turrible.  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading First Coaches Poll of the Basketball Season

Rick Barnes Was in Raleigh This Past Weekend?

According to George Cox of Raycom Sports, Rick Barnes was home in North Carolina this past weekend.  His sources tell him that while Barnes was there, he swung over to Raleigh and met with one Deborah Yow.  This coincides with Yow being MIA at the Final Four in Houston, where everyone thought and expected she would be.  I wonder if they discussed NC State’s current job opening for a men’s basketball coach?

Then we have Greg Swaim saying this morning that it is looking more and more like Shaka Smart is going to be the next coach at NC State.

Interesting.  If Shaka Smart was indeed the number one target right now, one would think Yow would have been there to watch VCU play.  There were also reports that Yow asked for permission to interview Smart, but VCU brass has denied that anyone has asked for such a thing.

Another weekend of speculation goes by, and all we have is Yow being MIA in Houston and Barnes being in NC.  It should be noted, that if Yow and Barnes did indeed sit down, it would not mean that he was going to take the job, or even that Yow would offer it up.  It would be a pretty safe bet that we have all interviewed for jobs that we either did not accept or were not offered before, and this position is no different in those regards.

Either way, with Shaka Smart’s grandfather passing, we are not likely to hear anything in regards to him until Wednesday at the earliest.  Unless we hear that someone else, Barnes perhaps, is hired.  With the way the coaching carousel has turned so far this season, nothing would surprise me at this point.  Not even Sean Miller or Billy Donovan.

So is this more fun than tracking planes?  Oh, here is a last tidbit for you to chew on.  On Robert Montgomery Knight is reportedly interested in the UNLV job.

*I do not expect either Sean Miller or Billy Donovan to be the next coach at NC State.  I think those are pipe dreams, but I would remiss to rule anything out at this point.

Billy Donovan Rumors One Big Joke?

Well, apparently the “report” that he was in Raleigh last night from 97.9 in Tallahassee was/is.  Good one guys.  Very funny.  How bad is your radio show that you resort to pranks about where a coach is to generate calls?  What are you trying to be, a Morning Zoo show?

Anyway, today is the day of the “interview” from what we were told.  Keep in mind, that Donovan would not have to be in Raleigh for an interview to take place.  Skype is your friend, Ms. Yow.  Skype is your friend.

That said, I still don’t buy it.  No one in the national media does, that is for sure.  If nothing is announced by tomorrow, I’m convinced that Shaka Smart is the top target.  And by the way, he was a top target before this run by VCU.  While some might not think Smart would be a “knockout” hire, I actually do at this point.  He convinced me that he can coach his rear end off against Kansas, and I admire his passion.  He has recruiting experience, landing good players for the previously mentioned Donovan at Florida, as well as Oliver Purnell at Clemson.

Plus, he is only 33 years old, which means given the right situation, and success, he could be somewhere for 30 years or so.  If the success is not there, in five years you make a run at Sean Miller or maybe even Archie Miller after he shows what he can do at Dayton.

*It should be noted that Archie Miller is not the head coach at Dayton, nor have I heard anyone else say that he will be.

Tuesday Evening Update

Well, it is Tuesday night where I am (München, Deutchsland).  Anywho, we have “learned” a little bit today.

Josh Pastner was being courted by Missouri to take over their vacancy, but he has inked a five year extension with Memphis at $1.7Mil per.  Great move by Memphis, as Pastner is one of the rising stars of the coaching ranks.  Does this mean that the national media will start clowning MO for getting turned down?

The “knockout hire” that Tim Brando was speaking about was not Billy Donovan, as I speculated earlier.  Apparently if I listened to his radio show on XM I would have known it was Rick Barnes he was referring to.  So yes, Barnes is still in play, or was yesterday.

Speaking of Donovan, we heard a rumor he was to interview tomorrow in Raleigh.  There have been “reports” on Twitter of a “sighting” on campus today.  Right.  Sure thing, Tweeps, sure thing.  I mean, with as tight of a ship as Yow is running, I am sure that even if Donovan was on campus, no one would be able to recognize him.

So another day of rumors, another day of not really having much to go by.  Almost everyone seems to still be in play (except Sean Miller’s dad), and Rick Barnes and Billy Donovan seem to have some steam.  Or smoke, as in smoke screen.

Billy Donovan Set to Inverview for NC State Job?

For the most part, I have ignored the Billy Donovan to NC State rumors as just fan speak.  The guys over at StateFansNation have been talking about him.  Now I hear rumblings that he could be interviewing for the job, as early as Wednesday.

Is this the “knockout” that Tim Brando was speaking about?  We will know soon, as Donovan has a $500K check he has to cut if he leaves Florida April 1st or later.

For what it is worth, no major media members are buying into this at all.  That could mean it has legs.  Either way, we will know pretty quickly.  The thing I can not forget is that Billy turned down Kentucky.  To wait for NC State?