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.
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.
According to everyone under the Sun, he will be announced in the next 48 hours. Things sure do get hot while I am sleeping. Mizzou either knows they are out of the Shaka Smart running, or simply think they have a diamond in the rough with Haith. Or they panicked. Judging by the fact that Haith is not a very well sought after coach, I’m going with the latter.
Rumors are flying around on the internet about Bruce Weber leaving Illinois for the Oklahoma job. This is huge if this is true, and all signs are pointing towards it being accurate.
What does this mean for NC State and Mizzou? Will Shaka Smart covet the Illinois job? Who will Illinois target to replace Weber?
All important questions to get to. Right now I do not have much to offer, but I would think that Shaka would take a hard look at Illinois. Chicago is a hotbed of talent, and one would think that Shaka could pull quite a bit of it to Illinois. That said, I still think NC State is the best job open, and that Yow is on top of things. She knows if Shaka is her next coach or not, and I’m sure he does as well. I think the only way he goes to Illinois is if NC State was not making a push for him the past weeks as we expect they were.
Time will tell. Great hire for Oklahoma (if true), when it was looking like they were going to have to “settle” for an up and comer.
As for Mizzou, they seem to have been used by Matt Painter as he just got an extension at Purdue. It never made sense that he would leave Purdue to begin with, but there were reports of serious rifts with the establishment there. Either way, I just lost a lot of respect for Matt Painter. To waste Mizzou’s time like this during their search is deplorable. It should not have taken a raise for Purdue to keep Painter. Granted, at $1.3Mil per season Painter was underpaid for what he has accomplished, but that is the deal he signed LAST YEAR! If you want it reworked, you should be able to get it done without using another school and wasting their time.
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.
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.