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So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 12:59 pm
 
Posted by Matt Norlander

Is this going to be an annual thing now? Has the coaching culture in men's college basketball reached a point where searching can and will last until May? Unlikely. It's not often a to-be Hall of Fame coach chooses to surprisingly retire so late into the offseason.

Nevertheless, Gary Williams' departure has given college basketball offseason talk a lot of legs and lined up the dominoes in coaching circles across the country. Texas A&M is now a BCS-level job that is there for the taking thanks to Mark Turgeon (right) deciding to leave College Station for College Park.

So let's talk candidates. That's the next step, of course. The Aggies job isn't as good as the Maryland one (obviously; after all, Turgeon left), but it still is a fairly decent Big 12 gig. Location is an issue, and A&M is going to have to chase a guy it can give a significant raise to -- they do have some money to do this -- and lure away from a mid-major program that's in a good situation. It's not going to be easy, and I suspect the hiring process will take longer than Maryland's, which lasted all of five days, start to finish.

A&M brass isn't in the position to pluck a coach from another major conference, in my opinion. Marquette's Buzz Williams' name has been thrown out there, but he signed on for more years and money in Milwaukee six weeks ago. Williams is a Texas guy; that's the only reason he's being tossed into this discussion. I'll remove him until evidence shows he's willing to listen.

And forget Josh Pastner. Don't know when or how his name came up, but there's zero chance that guy leaves Memphis to coach in College Station. So, a list of five prospective are below, and I'll add that it's likely/possible a number of guys I don't have here could enter. There's a wide range of possibilities for this job and it could get very fluid.
  • Stew Morrill. Coaches a different kind of Aggie. The Utah State poo-bah could get hired for the same reason Turgeon did at Maryland: copious amounts of winning, even if that hasn't led to success in the NCAAs. Morrill has won consistently but is a fairly stubborn man. He's not prone to challenge his team, schedule-wise, because he hasn't been able to get big boys to come play in Logan. Ironic but true: If he were to take the job he wouldn't come anywhere close to the homecourt advantage he and his Utah State team currently inherit.
  • Johnny Jones. The North Texas coach is more than a dark horse, even if you're not that familiar with his work. The man has won 20 more or more games the past five years and knows the Texas recruiting scene. If they want to stay local, this is a good option.
  • Scott Spinelli. Who? He's the associated head coach at A&M and has done a solid job recruiting since Turgeon took over for Billy Gillispie in 2007. An in-house hire wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. In my opinion, Spinelli's the only non-head-coach candidate A&M should consider.
  • Gregg Marshall. This man is most intriguing because many in the business -- coaching and media, both -- believe Marshall's bound for a BCS job in the next two years. Could it be the next two weeks? Marshall was considered for Tennessee earlier this year. The unfortunate coincidence here: Marshall coaches at Wichita State, where A&M plucked Turgeon four years ago. The Shockers may get pilfered again.
  • Fran Fraschilla. His name didn't even flicker in my mind originally, but a few on Twitter brought him up -- and I love the possibility. The ESPN analyst is a terrific X-and-O coach who deserves another chance, one last one. He's been a coach at New Mexico, Manhattan and St. John's, but Texas is the state he calls home. It's all about him wanting and desiring to coach the college game again. He's quite comfortable in his chair at the Worldwide Leader.
The school and Aggies AD Bill Byrne won't face the public pressure to make a hire by weekend's end, but the sooner the better. Recruits hang in the balance and May is a busier, more important month for coaches than June.

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Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 9:33 pm
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

Location is an issue...

Have you ever been to College Station?  A great university that is isolated in the middle of the humidity belt.  It is a few months of decent weather, some wonderful college football with great fans, followed by 8 or 9 months of maroon boredom.  The students have to go somewhere else to think outside a narrow world.  A very narrow world called Bryan-College Station. It is the university equivalent of Fox News though the A&M students have a shade more savy.  So whoever is coaching there better become an Aggie.  (That's right A&M students, "an" is used when modifying a noun that begins with a vowel.)  It is so depressing that when you enter the city limits you are immediately on suicide watch.   




Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 7:31 pm
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

Texas A&M should consider the five mentioned plus these three:

Mark Few from Gonzaga

Joe Dooley from Kansas

Chris Collins from Duke

Each coach is a genious when it comes to the x's and o's, is good with discipline, and knows how to recruit.  I know that Mark Few is the only one with head coaching experience, but the other two could step in and have enough success to help in the future. 

Rock Chalk



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:37 pm
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

KU: Gillespie has already been hired by Texas Tech.  Gillespie would lose what credibility he has left if he bolted the Red Raiders before ever coaching a game in Lubbock.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:56 am
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

TheyCallMePro,


Turgeon actually did get A&M past the first round...in 3/4 seasons. This last year was the only time that A&M didn't venture past the first round. Really, in '07 the Aggies should have gotten by number 1 seed UCLA.


Turgeon beat Texas 3 times at home, losing only on the road and both games last year.


I think Turge was a great coach. He takes players and makes them into great teams. But Texas A&M is going to find someone else to fill the void. I just hope they make sure to get someone who can carry on the great basketball tradition that's starting at the school.



 


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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:17 am
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Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 8:11 am
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

If the A&M bigwigs could swallow their egos, the absolute BEST hire would be Billy Gillespie. The guy got railroaded out of Cuntucky by a bunch of boosters. Anyone remember them going 14-2 in conference after the horrific start they had that had everyone calling for his head? He was a great recruiter ( much better than Turgeon ) and plays roughly the same system so the existing players would not have much of an adjustment. I don't think they would have to worry about him bolting for greener pastures EVER again.


First of all, Kentucky's record THAT (2007-08) year in a very weak SEC was 12-4, NOT 14-2. Loses to Miss. St., Florida, Vandy and Tennessee. Also, add in a first round SEC Tournament loss to Georgia, actually made UK 12-5. Good, but not stellar. And, the following year, UK started off 5-0 in conference, only to end up going 3-8 over the final 11 games to limp home with an 8-8 record. Not exactly what UK fans are looking for. Add in non-conference loses to Houston, San Diego, Gardner Webb, VMI....and the picture is even more bleak.

Second of all.....and the REAL reasons Kentucky, as you call "Cuntucky", ran him out of town were simple. See what I already have written, add in ALCOHOL issues, such as Billy Clyde being booted from just about every bar in Lexington, AND the fact that Kentucky had to hire him a personal driver to prevent a DUI, AND add in his inability to effectively coach players (Jorts getting placed in a bathroom stall during halftime), AND add in the fact that he couldn't really recruit the type of player Kentucky is accustomed to getting (outside of Patrick Patterson), and it ALL adds up to him getting fired.

Being a Kansas fan, Pooper.....if THIS had happened at Kansas, how many years would you have given him? My guess....the exact same amount of time as "Cuntucky" fans.

To say he got railroaded out of "Cuntucky" is an absolute JOKE of a statement, and just proves that you have no clue what you are talking about.




Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:47 am
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

If the A&M bigwigs could swallow their egos, the absolute BEST hire would be Billy Gillespie. The guy got railroaded out of Cuntucky by a bunch of boosters. Anyone remember them going 14-2 in conference after the horrific start they had that had everyone calling for his head? He was a great recruiter ( much better than Turgeon ) and plays roughly the same system so the existing players would not have much of an adjustment. I don't think they would have to worry about him bolting for greener pastures EVER again.


Seriiously - are you on drugs?  Gillespie got hired by Tech a month ago.  Read the paper much?



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:44 am
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

Stupid coment




Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:46 am
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

A&M was not happy with Turgeon's "success." Although he always made the NCAA tournament early, he failed to advance past the first round every time. Not only that, but he could not beat Texas, and thats a sin enough.

He felt he was doing enough and deserved a raise. A&M thought otherwise. I dont blame A&M.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:50 pm
 

So, Texas A&M's now scrambling for a coach

If the A&M bigwigs could swallow their egos, the absolute BEST hire would be Billy Gillespie. The guy got railroaded out of Cuntucky by a bunch of boosters. Anyone remember them going 14-2 in conference after the horrific start they had that had everyone calling for his head? He was a great recruiter ( much better than Turgeon ) and plays roughly the same system so the existing players would not have much of an adjustment. I don't think they would have to worry about him bolting for greener pastures EVER again.


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