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

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.

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.

Tuesday Tidbits on the Coaching Carousel

Some major developments yesterday in the coaching carousel.

Hit the jump for news on GA Tech, Oklahoma, Dayton, Missouri, Purdue and some school named NC State. Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits on the Coaching Carousel

Shaka Smart Up Next on Yow’s Docket?

WRAL in Raleigh stated that multiple sources have told it that VCU head coach Shaka Smart is on Yow’s list of potential hires.  They state that:

He was recently contacted by either the Parker search firm or by an NC State intermidiary to gauge his interest in coaching the Wolfpack.

Of course he was.  The 33 year old Smart is being contacted by pretty much every program with a vacancy in the big office.  We told you right here at TSB that he was on the list per David Glenn back on Wednesday, March 23rd.  I guess no new news is just how Debbie Yow wants it, and probably how it should be.

A lot of thoughts after the jump.  Too much to leave on the front page. Continue reading Shaka Smart Up Next on Yow’s Docket?

Monday Morning Fodder

After a brief hiatus, MMF is back with a vengence.  Hit the jump to read my thoughts on conference expansion the demise of college sports as we know it, Stephen “Jesus” Strasburg, Lebron James, the World Cup and Tom Izzo. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Monday Morning Fodder

After a couple of boring weeks of games in the NFL Playoffs, Championship Sunday finally lived up to the billing.  It took the Colts almost two quarters to figure out the Jets’ defense, but once they did it was all Colts in the AFC Championship game.  As soon as Peyton Manning started throwing the ball like he was Mr. Perfect, the Rex Ryan defense had about a snowball’s chance in hell of stopping him.

Over in the NFC Championship game we got to see Brett Favre give us a performance for the ages.  It was classic Brett Favre all the way.  Make a ton of mistakes, yet still be in position to win the game down the stretch.  The Saints would take this one in overtime, but hats off to the Vikings for fighting off five turnovers in exchange for the lousy one the Saints gave them (your welcome,   Reggie Bush?).  Of course, the Vikes didn’t capitalize on that lone turnover, a muffed punt at the Saints’ ten yard line as the first half was coming to a close.  Instead, they just fumbled it right back to close out the half.

More after the jump. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder

Monday Morning Fodder

Anyone else thrilled to be back at work today?  A lot to get to this cold, blustery Monday morning in Philadelphia the Triangle. Continue reading Monday Morning Fodder