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Larry Eustachy earns extension at Southern Miss

Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:54 pm
By Matt Norlander

Many times, with true contrition and resolve, you can make it again in America after a public downfall. Just look at Southern Miss, who has given Larry Eustachy a three-year contract extension, per's Andy Katz. Terms of the deal have not yet been announced.

The Golden Eagles went 22-10 last year, and overall, Eustachy has a record of 117-104, with three 20-win seasons. He's coached there since 2005. He has yet to take the team to the NCAA tournament. The only postseason berth came in the lowly regarded CIT, in 2010.

Eustachy left Iowa State in 2003 after pictures of him surfaced drinking with co-eds. It was truly one of the first instances of the Internet changing the way sports figures could act in public. Many lessons were learned, and bad (stupid) behavior still gets caught on camera in today's era, but less frequently than it did during the halcyon days of half-witted behavior (2004-2007ish). When Eustachy was caught, it was truly a much more innocent time.

He became one of the first sports figures to lose his job over something that became known via the Internet. It was bad for Iowa State, but so much worse for Eustachy, who came to grips with the fact he was an alcoholic. Nevertheless, his coaching was so valued, he only had to wait two years to land on his feet in D-I again. He stuck to rehab, and Southern Miss hasn't looked back since.

Eustachy had one year left on his deal, but with the way contracts work these days, that might as well be no time at all. The Golden Eagles will most likely run atop the Conference USA with Memphis, UAB and Marshall this season. That league's not likely to produce four NCAA tournament teams, but many see that quadrant of clubs to be the ones with the best chance at being on the bubble come early February.

There's another possible bit of big news coming for Southern Miss. From Katz's report:

In addition, a source said a decision was due soon on reinstating Kentucky transfer guard Darnell Dodson by mid-year. Dodson had been booted off the Wildcats team after the 2009-10 season by coach John Calipari, who did not give a reason. Dodson transferred to Southern Miss and was enrolled this past January, but in late April, Eustachy announced Dodson had been dismissed from the Golden Eagles as well, and also did not give a reason.

If Dodson's name rings a bell, it should sound an alarm instead. He was initially kicked off the team after being charged with stealing from a frat house at Southern Miss' campus in April. That was never officially the reason, but it was definitely the reason.

Seems Dodson -- who definitely has the talent to earn a lot of minutes in C-USA -- may get yet one more shot. What was that I said about America earlier?


Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 3:36 pm

Larry Eustachy earns extension at Southern Miss

Nice to see Eustachy turn his life around from being a punchline to a coach of a conference contender. Best of luck to him.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 9:07 am

Larry Eustachy earns extension at Southern Miss

Good to see a fairly talented coach land on his feet.  His firing at ISU demonstrates a little-known reality of business in general: a person never gets fired for the reason he is fired; he gets fired because someone wants him out and is looking for an excuse.  It doesn't sound like they liked him very much at ISU.  
But at least ISU got to stand on their soapbox and rail against all that is "wrong" with society for their "ten minutes of fame."  Maybe someday ISU will get publicity for doing something on the court.  It's been a long time since Jeff Grayer graduated. 

Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: September 29, 2011 4:03 am

Larry Eustachy earns extension at Southern Miss

One wonders if it was a REAL extension or one like  Rod Barnes got the season before he was fired ?

That is, the money is not guaranteed.
 Or is it ? They would not advertise that if it was true.

While USM is getting better, the bottom line is Larry hasnt done much better than James Green before him. Certainly not what they expected when they hired him.

And now this crap with Dodson is like Calipari all over again. Calipari did the same thing, Permanently dismissed only to come back the next year.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:18 pm

Larry Eustachy earns extension at Southern Miss

Larry Eustachy is such a douchebag. Why USM ever took him in the first place is beyond me. His ISU teams were full of punks and thugs. Can't wait for the day when he is out of college coaching permanently.

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