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. primacyone 04/03/2007 at 12:47 PM #

    Funny! They are now tracking planes over at the Kentucky board. They found this one plane that started off in Austin, TX, went to Lexington, left to go to Gainsville, FL and has now turned in flight and headed to Memphis!

  2. redfred2 04/03/2007 at 1:20 PM #

    Yep, Beilein may be headed to Michigan. Speaking of planes, like someone said the other day, I’m wondering if that 747 will fly straight out of WV, or will it cruise around in Beileins nostrils for a while first?

  3. ncsu96 04/03/2007 at 1:51 PM #

    I agree Trout, good for Beilein. I think I just heard a collective groan from Big X(I) coaches followed by a sigh of relief from Big East coaches.

  4. Texpack 04/03/2007 at 1:56 PM #

    The Houston Nutt stuff may not be over yet. It seems his cell phone records were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and there may be some fall out from the contents of those.

  5. PapaJohn 04/03/2007 at 1:58 PM #

    Quick Hitter – In today’s SI, they’ve predicted next year’s preseason top 10. Carolina is, of course, in their top 10. At the end of the list they have the teams “on the fringe” and the Pack is included. Nice to get more respect from the national media.

  6. TNCSU 04/03/2007 at 1:58 PM #

    That Kentucky thread is funny! I think they’ve got our “lunatic fringe” beat! As I mentioned before, I think Donovan should take it if he wants it. If Donovan is EVER thinking of leaving, NOW is the time!

  7. TNCSU 04/03/2007 at 2:02 PM #

    Please try that link one more time.
    That would be some great pre-season press.

  8. primacyone 04/03/2007 at 2:05 PM #

    ^ Go here:

    and then click on “A Top 10 For 2007-08 on the right hand side under “Luke Winn – The Tourney Blog”

  9. Jimmy V 04/03/2007 at 2:11 PM #

    I agree with sentiments on here that John Beilein is a very good coach. Anybody that can do fairly well at West Virginia, and he has done well there, can coach. I didn’t think he would have been a bad hire at NC State. I wanted Barnes and Calipairi more to be honest, because they are Final Four coaches (Barnes at Texas and Calipari coached UMass to a Final Four). But I think Beilein would have done better at State than a lot of fans thought. That said, I don’t know that he would have been well received because there are some similarities with Herb Sendek.

    I say J. Beilein is the next coach at Michigan. I believe he’ll make Michigan a top 25 team with regular trips to the NCAAs and occasional forays into the Sweet 16 and Final 8. The guy’s a good coach and probably wants to leave West Virginia. West Virginia, no disrespect intended, has an honest basketball ceiling, in my opinion. They’re not going to win a national title.

    I wouldn’t follow B. Donovan at Florida for nothing if he leaves for Kentucky. Of course, some will say, “They’ve won two national titles and are on a roll. It’s a great job.”

    Frank Broyles is an AD with a quick trigger. I believe he ran off Lou Holtz. But he’s old and probably retiring soon.

    I think West Virginia goes down when Beilein leaves.

  10. MadWolf92 04/03/2007 at 2:19 PM #

    ^ I agree JimmyV. I would have been fine with Beilein being coach here *except* for the fact that the continual referendum would have … well, continued. Sid being coach, if no other thing, mostly **Glares at divisive people** unifies the fanbase.

    Before Donovan, was Florida a great job?? Does it make it better or worse to follow him??

  11. StateFans 04/03/2007 at 2:25 PM #

    Losing Beilein would DEFINITELY hurt West Virginia. He was perfect for them. It is still an open question as to whether he can take a program more suited to success into championship contention (and in large part, this depends on adapting a more blended offense and recruiting top-notch athletes).

  12. ruffles31 04/03/2007 at 2:25 PM #

    And now Coach G goes to Texas. It is women’s but still that is big news.

  13. burnbarn 04/03/2007 at 2:33 PM #

    big loss for the dookies..

  14. RickJ 04/03/2007 at 2:39 PM #

    That is interesting concerning Coach G. For some reason, the sparkle on Duke seems be dimming a bit. There are certainly many differences but the lacrosse case reminds me of Len Bias’ death and what we went through after Golenbock’s book. These kinds of situations, no matter how unfair and unjust, can put an Athletic Dept. in a tailspin if they are not handled with great skill.

    Tough day for Joe Aleva.

  15. choppack1 04/03/2007 at 3:09 PM #

    RickJ – I don’t know if this can be blamed on the LX case. Tejas can throw a lot of $$ at here and a lot of resources. In addition, she’ll be undisputed top dog in the state. Perhaps she doesn’t share the love for Duke that Coach K does or perhaps she isn’t as close to the AD. Who knows…

  16. CarnifeX 04/03/2007 at 3:13 PM #

    Looks like Beilieleineinien (whatever) is on his way to Mich.

  17. packbackr04 04/03/2007 at 3:14 PM #

    any news on sids son???? and when Sid will be back to work?

  18. MatSci94 04/03/2007 at 3:21 PM #

    I think Coach G leaving Duke says a lot about Duke’s commitment to sports that are not mens basketball. The public comments from the AD didn’t seem like they were really pushing to keep her.

  19. packpigskinfan23 04/03/2007 at 3:35 PM #

    Coach G leaving Duke is about the heartache of not winning the NC after contending for it for the past I dont know how many years straight…. They almost constantly had a top 3 team for the past 5 years have something always holds them back. This year was a real heartbreaker for them….

  20. Gene 04/03/2007 at 3:55 PM #

    I’m sad to see Goestenkors leave Duke. With Coach Yow on the decline, two Triangle women’s basketball programs may be taking a step back. When Duke, Carolina, and NCSU were all good at the same time, it helped draw interest to women’s athletics. If two of the schools slip, it’ll drop what little attention the women’s game gets, as it is.

  21. primacyone 04/03/2007 at 4:17 PM #

    Attn: CedarGroveWolf.

    They are calling for you here. (Kentucky Board)

    Go show um what you are made of and give us a linky when you are finished.

  22. tcthdi-tgsf-twhwtnc 04/03/2007 at 4:23 PM #

    I doubt Western Carolina’s Larry Hunter would be WVU first choice but I think he could do well there. He knows the PO working under Sendek, who led NC State to five consecutive NCAA tournaments, so he would be able to work with the players at West Virgina. He is one of the top 15 all-time winning active head coaches with about 11 NCAA tournaments as a head coach.

    He was the only reason Sendek’s, who led NC State to five consecutive NCAA tournaments, offense ever worked. State started going the the NCAA’s when he replaced Miller after the 13-16 year. I’ve always felt he had a lot to do with the 5 year run. Sendek has only been to two NCAA’s in his 14 year head coaching without Hunter sitting next to him and both of those where second round exits.

  23. Gene 04/03/2007 at 4:36 PM #

    Sendek has only been to two NCAA’s in his 14 year head coaching without Hunter sitting next to him and both of those where second round exits.

    The year Sendek went to the NCAA’s at Miami (OH), was the year he offered Thad Matta a job as an assistant coach, which was Matta’s step-up to Div. 1 coaching. Matta only coached with Sendek that year.

    Didn’t hurt to have Wally Zerbiak (sp?) either.

    To Herb’s credit he did make the NIT’s, the other two years he was at Miami (OH), which isn’t bad for a MAC conference school, considering only the conference champ gets to go the NCAA’s.

  24. RickJ 04/03/2007 at 4:45 PM #

    “He is one of the top 15 all-time winning active head coaches with about 11 NCAA tournaments as a head coach.”

    This is true but it is worth pointing out that most of it was done at the Division III level of the NCAA.

  25. Jimmy V 04/03/2007 at 5:08 PM #

    It will be interesting to see how the Big Ten shapes up in the next 3-5 years with Izzo, Sampson, Beilein, Matta, the guy at Wisconsin, and the new coach at Iowa. My hunch is Beilein will make Michigan a force. Might be wrong. Michigan is due after several years of being a non-factor. How does anyone on here feel that Sampson will do at Indiana? I’ve never been real impressed with Sampson. He did take Oklahoma to a Final Four. But I remember Herb Sendek beat them one year. Right?

    After looking and thinking about Rick Barnes more, I have somewhat cooled on him. He’s taken the state school, Texas, to one Final Four in what? 8-9 years? He’s done pretty well at Texas. But I’m not entirely sure if he would have done extremely well here at State. All speculation.

    Calipari’s a job hopper. And I don’t know about you, but I don’t care for those. I don’t know that he has a whole lot of character.

    It says a lot when names get mentioned for these jobs: Kentucky, Arkansas, Michigan, Iowa. We’ve had coaches at State in the past, Valvano and Sheridan, who received interest from other places. We’ve also had coaches who received little to no interest from other schools.

    It’s all in how good you are. Sendek, Amato, and MOC got little interest from other places. Not bashing those coaches, but it says something.

    Sheridan received interest from Georgia and South Carolina among others. Valvano with a couple of pro teams and UCLA.

    I’m not going to hammer Herb, but I thought it was a little interesting that, from ’02-’06, he received little interest, despite taking NCSU to the NCAA Tournament. He did well. Sure. But it must have been the offense, the personality, or maybe some felt that he had a ceiling.

    You have to wonder.

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