However, we've been told repeatedly that they want follow the "basketball model" with this hire. The basketball model included investment in facilities + going out and getting an experienced coach who had history of performing a full program turnaround. When Boyle was hired he had several years of experience at big programs as an assistant, and had also demonstrate the ability to completely turn around a program at a smaller school. UNC was just about dead last in RPI when Boyle took over. When he left they just missed the tourney and the team he put together made it to the tourney the year after he left. I'd argue if that is the model they want to follow then they should be looking more at a candidate like Mike McIntyre. Dude took over a program on the brink of dropping football and this year went 10-2 with their only losses to Stanford by 3 and Utah State, he beat Sonny Dykes La Tech and already demonstrated an ability to beat CSU. Is it a riskier hire, sure. But Cinnci and the current Big East is pushing it a bit in terms of "proven BCS coach" (yes I know we were all just clamoring to hire the Big East Champ's coach). That said, if we're going the Jones route, I can at least take solace in the fact that Cinnci's AD's last hires were D'Antonio, Kelly, and Jones (likely we should be hiring him and let him make the pick), and the MAC has a history of producing successful coaches.