Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by SuperD, Mar 23, 2013.
I can't see Smart or Stevens leaving their current positions at VCU and Butler...after their respective March Madness successes, they had some plum jobs available that were theirs if they wanted them (most notably Illinois and NC State for Smart; Illinois and Maryland for Stevens), but both chose to sign long-term extensions instead. I'm not sure if even Wichita State's Gregg Marshall is a possibility; he turned down NC State a couple years ago and signed an extension as well. Of course, UCLA is a tier above these programs, so you never know, I guess.
Especially Stevens with Butler entering the new Big East. I'm not sure UCLA will fire Howland. This could be a good year to strike though. There's not that many high profile openings. In fact the only one I think is remotely close is U$C. Texas Tech and Northwester being the only other "big" programs with vacancies as of right now. I think it's been mentioned here though, it only takes one of these schools like UCLA or Texas to open up and there might be a whole lot of dominoes falling. It could be a very interesting offseason for the coaching carousel or an extremely dull one.
I could actually see today's loss to Michigan being a possible reason Smart would look at UCLA if offered. Hard to be a top tier program when you simply can't pull in the talent of the super power schools. He could easily do so at UCLA.
It seems to me UCLA makes excuses to keep Howland as much as Texas makes excuses to keep Barnes. Would like to see them both stay in their spots for a while. Good coaches in those programs would be trouble.
As I said in another thread, I want a great coach at UCLA and for them to be a great program. CU has a better chance of getting where we want to go if we have UCLA and Arizona as the juggernauts in college hoops to measure ourselves against. I don't think that UConn program, as an example, would have ever achieved what it did if it didn't have Georgetown and Syracuse to measure itself against in conference play.
So I'm hoping that UCLA hires Smart, Stevens or Marshall (Wichita State).
There's some chatter on rivals that UCLA is trying to go all in for Billy Donovan
If fUCLA got any of those guys, would we see any more of the Shabazz Muhammad type one-and-done guys, or is that more of a Howland thing than a fUCLA thing?
The biggest challenge at UCLA will always be to manage the egos that come with coaching an all-star team. I think those 3 guys would be able to play it more like Self has at Kansas and less like what we see at Kentucky and North Carolina.
Good luck with that.
I enjoy it better when my friends from UCLA, well... they just want to kill someone after games. This makes it more entertaining. Ben Howland makes my life more entertaining.
Smart seems like the Chris Petersen of college basketball. He's connected to every high profile opening but never goes anywhere.
Shorter period of time. Petersen is going on 6 or 7 years of being linked to every opening.
Multiple sources said Howland would not be retained but the UCLA athletic department was looking to keep second-year assistant coach Korey McCray on board.
McCray, the lead recruiter for the staff, was instrumental in the recruitment of current players Tony Parker, Jordan Adams and others, as well as the 2013 recruiting class.
"A staff member just called me about an hour ago," one source said when informed of the plan to terminate Howland's contract. "It should be interesting who they bring in. They said [VCU head coach] Shaka [Smart] is the No. 1 candidate."
Not related to the UCLA coaching job but to the USC one, Dixon signed a 10-year contract today to stay at Pitt.
Unrelated to current Wichita State win but I would show some interest in Gregg Marshall.
One of the blue bloods. Damn.
Boyle isn't a splashy enough name for fUCLA. They're too arrogant to accept his candidacy, thankfully.
this is a huge point.
Is Gregg Marshall a big enough name for them?
Not in my opinion. It would take getting rejected by quite a few. Marshall is a southerner, I expect him to pop up at a major conference school in the south or midwest.
he's a much bigger name than Boyle.
Vic Lombardi also said he keeps hearing UCLA will make a push for Tad.
I started a thread a couple weeks ago asking why he hasn't been signed to a longer/bigger extension and everyone acted like I was dumb.....
ShockerHoops talked about Marshall and UCLA when his name was floated earlier in the year. He basically said that isn't his scene or style. That there's too much downside and not enough upside for him to go there.
Cause if UCLA wanted Tad, they would still go after even if Tad had a longer/bigger contract.
It's because we had a bunch of threads on the topic and Tad has signed two extensions/raises in the past 12 months. I'm not sure that there was anything else proactively to be done. If Tad wants to stay, he just has to say what his number is.
It's not dumb at all. Until he makes the big bucks and has a very long-term contract, it will be easier for him to leave. Again, I don't think he will until the KU job opens up and maybe even then. This is just something that comes with success, his name is going to be popular when there's a big vacancy. We can only hope this happens in football.
When was the last time a coach resigned to take another job in his own conference?
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