Coaching Carousel Update (9:30 Update – Altman Goes Cremins)

Butler’s Lickliter takes Iowa job. Analysis: Solid, sensible hire.

Creighton head man Dana Altman heads to Arkansas. Analysis: We expected him to be more of a candidate for the Iowa job, but Altman (in our view, correctly) viewed Arkansas as a better job. Altman’s Bluejay teams played a style that Hog fans will enjoy, but Altman has coached in midwestern circles for almost 20 years – how will he adapt to the South and playing in the unfamiliar SEC? UPDATE: As Lee Corso would say – not so fast, my friend. Altman pulls the ultimate Cremins, and Arkansas AD Broyles is this year’s Lee Fowler. Dare the Hogs approach Gregg Marshall, who went the Cremins route himself last year? I really have no idea who they could get at this point. Somebody desperate, I guess.

Stan Heath Lands at USF. Analysis: Definitely a step back for Heath. He stays in a power conference, but with one of the 5-10 worst power conference jobs. Being at the bottom of the Big East barrel is compounded by the fact that the last 4 teams don’t even make the conference tourney. That makes a tough job even tougher. The job is so bad that Winthrop’s Gregg Marshall turned it down. We think he could be waiting for Dave Odom to retire at USC.

Beilein likely has an offer from Michigan. Analysis: If this comes to pass, it would be interesting to see if he sticks with the infamous Princeton offense, or simply uses “Princeton principles” in a more varied offense (like Georgetown’s John Thompson III). CBS Sportsline reports that this is a done deal, but with the mysterious buyout clause, we wouldn’t make any definitive conclusions yet. Remember, he was considered a 95% “done deal” to NC State last year.

UPDATE: Is Colorado going the Princeton route with Air Force’s Bzdelik? I suppose it’s worth a try – the Buffs really, really suck.

– Lots of dominoes could still fall once the Kentucky opening is filled. One would expect the Donovan courtship to conclude soon, and Marquette’s Tom Crean could still be waiting in the wings.

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95 Responses to Coaching Carousel Update (9:30 Update – Altman Goes Cremins)

  1. RickJ 04/03/2007 at 9:47 AM #

    I hope Beilein to Michigan comes true. Say what you want about his offense but this guy is one of the best teachers of the game in the business. Has there ever been a Division 1 team that won 27 games with the dearth of talent & experience he had on this year’s WVU team?

    He would have been a bad hire for NC State but I don’t want to ever see him coaching at an ACC school like Wake, Clemson, FSU or BC.

    Big East coaches have good reason to celebrate if Beilein moves to Michigan.

  2. Dan 04/03/2007 at 9:56 AM #

    Man, I love the carousel when I’m just sitting there watching it and eating my fried oreo cookie.

    Couple thoughts:

    How freaking bad must it be to coach b-ball in Morgantown? Its like they had to hold Beilein hostage in order to keep him. I expected Jack Bauer to show up before too long to free him. Totally agree with the entry in regards to Beilien. Its going to be interesting to see how he adapts to being at a bigger program. Its only my opinion, but I think if he doesnt get some post play going he isnt going to last long down at Ann Arbor. I cant wait to see what West Virgina does either.

    The name I’ve been reading about to be Kentucky’s “fallback” guy is Tom Izzo. I know, I know. That is ridiculous. Still, it seems to have legs. I guess the chance to play King Arthur is really tempting. Either that or coaches are learning not to jump out and dismiss rumor. There is a lot of money in allowing the media to speculate. All you need is for the right guy to throw your name out, and you can buy another house.

    One of the things that is being written about both Michigan and Michigan St is that the social decline of Detroit may be hurting the recruiting base for both schools. With the way coaches recruit nationally, I wouldnt think this would be THAT big of a factor, but if you look at their recent recruiting classes that VAST majority are from the state of Michigan. Add injury to insult, super recruiter Thad Matta is now getting kids right from Flint, a town Izzo used to own.

  3. StateFans 04/03/2007 at 10:02 AM #

    Marquette fans should be nervous either way, as Crean would REALLY want the Michigan State job, if it came open.

    Who would Florida target if Donovan left?

  4. lush 04/03/2007 at 10:09 AM #

    Shouldnt Krueger from UNLV be getting looks from some of these schools. HOw about that coach from WSU who had such a good year?

  5. vtpackfan 04/03/2007 at 10:17 AM #

    I could see Izzo leaving MSU. Even if rival teams were out of the picture in the Michigan prep scene, the landscape ther seems ridiculous. Evidently there are three AAU programs, all that despise one another. If you take a recruit from one AAU team, it’s hard, even for a Hall of Fame type coach like Izzo, to get the other AAU teams to comprehend that it wasn’t a terrible thing to do. At a certain point that kind of nonsense has to wear on you.

    The things written about Beilein are always posititive and probably mostly true. I think what is widly admired is the offense, but I see it as a system that allows him to score just enough points to claim the ultimate prize, a win vs. a loss. The real genius in his coaching is the 1-3-1 defense. It forces TO’s and create’s (as Sid put it) “fools gold” opportunity’s, causing the opponents to take shots they shouldn’t and normally wouldn’t.

  6. packbackr04 04/03/2007 at 10:25 AM #

    What about this guy named sendek out of Arizona St. his offense was potent last year. why arent any schools going after him?

  7. choppack1 04/03/2007 at 10:26 AM #

    “Who would Florida target if Donovan left?”

    Look for Anthony Grant – VCU’s coach – to get a serious look. I think he spent a good deal of time under Donovan and like Donovan, is an up and comer.

  8. Dan 04/03/2007 at 10:32 AM #

    Anthony Grant may get a look depending on how things shake out. He probably should. I dont think it’ll be at Florida this soon though.

    West Virgina could come knocking though once they realize that Bob Thuggins isnt abandoning Michael Beasley.

  9. RickJ 04/03/2007 at 10:33 AM #

    “Who would Florida target if Donovan left?”

    This would be a heck of a challenge for Jeremy Foley, clearly the hottest AD in the country. Why would a top level coach want to follow Donovan? There is no way to go but down. Florida is on top today but I just don’t see them becoming a UCLA, Kentucky, UNC, Kansas level program. I think Florida will be like Michigan State after their great run in the 1990’s – they will remain very good but will slip back some.

    I would think Florida would be too ticked at Donovan to hire John Pelphrey or Anthony Grant but either would be a good legacy hire. Pelphrey played at Kentucky and was an assistant for Donovan at both Marshall & Florida before going to South Alabama where he has done well. I think Grant is a Florida native and coached with Donavan at Florida.

  10. WTNY 04/03/2007 at 10:36 AM #

    It will be very interesting to see who WVU targets, gets, and his medium-term results. Thuggins is a popular name from what I read, but that could be a DISASTER for WVU. WVU’s admin must work hard to get the right man or their location and reputation could send them right back to the Big East basement.

  11. Dan 04/03/2007 at 10:47 AM #

    One thing about Thuggy-bear:

    If a man can recruit two top 10 players to Manhattan, Kansas he can recruit to anywhere.

  12. TNCSU 04/03/2007 at 10:49 AM #

    So, what are the odds that Donovan leaves. Digger and Vitale were going at it last night. I, for one, think he leaves. Florida, even with 2 Nat’l Championships, is a Football school. He will be King in Kentucky. Just my thoughts….

  13. skywalkerdt 04/03/2007 at 10:51 AM #

    That quick of a start recruiting at kstate with no real basketball tradition, who wants to be it wasn’t exactly done on the up and up? My bet kstate fires huggins amidst probation, that or he leaves before the ncaa dominoes crash onto the program

  14. Dan 04/03/2007 at 10:59 AM #

    Skywalker, Thuggy had a loophole he was able to exploit in his first K-State class. Before he was officially named head coach at K-State, he was not subject to NCAA rules governing coaches or personell associated with a member insititution. He had unlimited access to those kids, and none of it was illegal.

    I call him Thuggins for a reason, but he played it smart there. They even delayed his official hiring in order for him to wrap up Bill Walker and make another push for Mayo. Is that a little slimy? Maybe. But its 100% legal.

    He wont get that head start at another school without a year off, but the guy is a great recruiter.

  15. skywalkerdt 04/03/2007 at 11:05 AM #

    huggins program has never been totally clean, even if he got by with some legal stuff that put him at advantage last year. if you look back to cincy he was always a bit in trouble whether with academic issues, recruiting or what.

  16. TNCSU 04/03/2007 at 11:06 AM #

    To be perfectly honest, he’s a pretty good coach, too. Now, that being said, he’s still on the “shady” side if you ask me.

  17. MadWolf92 04/03/2007 at 11:18 AM #

    Am I alone in my juvenile reading of “Butler’s Lickliter” as “Buttlicker”?? Every time I read it I go, “wait, what did that say??”

  18. Dan 04/03/2007 at 11:22 AM #

    Open Thread Jack

    I cannot believe that Ty Walker chose Wake Forest. He might have just saved Skip’s job.

    Close Thread Jack

  19. Texpack 04/03/2007 at 11:23 AM #

    Why wouldn’t Whitt be a good choice at WVU? Lots of East Coast experience and well known in the traditional Big East recruiting base. I doubt he’d be their first choice, but they could certainly do a lot worse.

    The pigs really got screwed by BCG. Word around here is that Stan Heath wasn’t fired until they thought they had BCG in hand. Frank Broyles can’t retire soon enough to suit their fans.

  20. Mike 04/03/2007 at 11:24 AM #

    packback04, I agree completely. If only his players had not transferred, been hurt, or had just developed, he would be a great steal for someone. My gut feeling is he is just one year away. Wait till next year, he will be set.

    MadWolf, thanks for giving me my laugh of the day, hilarious!

  21. StateFans 04/03/2007 at 11:31 AM #

    Altman is a better coach than Heath. They still traded up.

  22. gumbydammit 04/03/2007 at 12:16 PM #

    Lickliter nneded to move on. Saying “Butler’s Lickliter” five times fast just doesn’t lead to anything good….

  23. Dan 04/03/2007 at 12:27 PM #

    I agree with SFN. The Hogs are still in good shape.

    That said, that AD is an idiot. First, all the craziness surrounding the football program this winter. Houston Nutt was trying to get out of town. The AD is taking private meetings with parents. Now the guy is firing coaches based on speculation?

    The only reason its not worse for him right now is that there was a good number of quality mid-major coaches out there ready to make a move, and Arkansas has tons of money.

  24. Trout 04/03/2007 at 12:33 PM #

    Jeff Neubauer, Eastern Kentucky, will be a serious candidate at WVU. He coached under Beilien at both Richmond and WVU.

    I think Beilien is one of the best coaches in America. When he took over WVU, they had won a total of 8 games the previous season, and were dead last in the Big East. In 5 years, he won over 100 games, made the Elite 8 once, the Sweet 16 once, an NIT appearance and a NIT championship.

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