attention when it happened, so if you missed out the first time, here are the CliffNotes on Kearney: * Former head coach at Holy Cross. Fired after one season due to both bad luck and the fact that he took a slow plodding team and tried to mold them into an up-tempo squad. * Former assistant at Notre Dame, Providence and Delaware - coaching under Mike Brey and Rick Pitino. * Head of recruiting at Notre Dame and was their big man coach as well. This gives Tad's staff some checks and balances. I love Rohn & Pri (especially Pri, I'm absolutely flabbergasted he hasn't gotten a head coaching job somewhere yet), but they don't necessarily have the gravitas to call Tad out for a decision during a game. Kearney does. And we've already seen the benefits. In the Kansas game, Tad switched to the 2-3 zone for a bit - something he absolutely detests - and that was a large factor in us winning that game. Not only that, but if you watch the bench during games, you can catch Kearney leading the charges at times. I re-watched the Utah game last night (because seriously, **** that Super Bowl) and at one point late in the game, Jelly was shooting two free throws. He made the first and they cut to the bench. You could see Kearney tell Tad to call time out - something he did immediately. And Tad let Kearney address the team. Not only that, but I do know that Kearney is an analytics guy who is trying to use the numbers to his advantage (and that has to be music to JG's ears). Remember, Tad isn't exactly a guy who trusts advanced stats: Add it all together, and I'm thrilled we got Kearney this year. When Rohn or Pri (or both) leave for HC jobs this year, he'll slide over to their spot on the bench. Add in Rodney, and we have a solid core of assistants to help Tad out for the long term.