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. Dr. BadgerPack 04/03/2007 at 6:00 PM #

    ^Bo Ryan is the Wisconsin guy. You should also throw Tubby Smith (Minnesota) into the discussion. The coaching in that conference is becomming quite strong.

  2. tvp 04/03/2007 at 7:22 PM #

    Boy, this (especially the Beilein link above) is taking me back in my mind to the dark, dark days of late last April I remember logging on, seeing the “Fowler F$%#$d, Lavin AND Beilein say no” headline, and just dropping my head in disbelief.

    Thank God for Sid saving us from the depths of incompetence.

    Anyway, I’m not sure I like that hire for Arkansas…I’m not sure that will translate into much improved results for them.

  3. tvp 04/03/2007 at 7:27 PM #

    Um…and just as I write the last post, I see this:

    Arkansas gets “Cremins-ed”

    Wow. Broyles is making Fowler look like Jeremey Foley, but at least Broyles has the excuse of being senile.

  4. redfred2 04/03/2007 at 7:40 PM #

    Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought Coach Gustenhuugenuwhogfupsen is kind of attractive.

  5. Redblogger 04/03/2007 at 7:57 PM #

    Nice to see Dana Altman is a man of his word.

  6. WolfPup35 04/03/2007 at 8:03 PM #

    “Call me crazy, but I’ve always thought Coach Gustenhuugenuwhogfupsen is kind of attractive.”

    OK, You’re crazy. Personally, I’ve always had a thing for Hatchell…mmmmmm…nice. :/


  7. WolfPup35 04/03/2007 at 8:05 PM #

    On the UNX women’s note….does anybody else think that Latta always has a look on her face like somebody just put something in her butt or what!

  8. Joeboot 04/03/2007 at 8:29 PM #

    According to ESPN Dana Altman won’t be going to Arkansas after all.

  9. Joeboot 04/03/2007 at 8:30 PM #

    Oops. I see I was late to the party with that little tidbit. Sorry.

  10. BJD95 04/03/2007 at 8:47 PM #

    Wow. Broyles is totally fucked now.

  11. redfred2 04/03/2007 at 8:48 PM #


    Now that I think of it, you’re right, Hatchell is a hottie too.

  12. Rochester 04/03/2007 at 9:19 PM #


    I’ll give you Coach G being somewhat attractive. Just don’t start talking Pat Summitt up or we’ll have to get your posting privileges revoked.

  13. MadWolf92 04/03/2007 at 10:24 PM #

    Pat Summit is one of the few women I would consider punching.

  14. MadWolf92 04/03/2007 at 10:25 PM #

    … partially because I think she could take it.

  15. Dan 04/03/2007 at 10:32 PM #

    Cremins? Isnt this pulling a Greg Marshall? Or did they both pull this last year?

  16. bTHEredterror 04/04/2007 at 12:58 AM #

    Heh-heh. I can hardly wait. JJ outdid Mayo Again, and everybody else.

  17. Jeremy Hyatt 04/04/2007 at 3:24 AM #

    now you got me looking.. check out this wolfpack “my space” site, pretty good stuff:

    then scroll down to “Choke…”

    and this nice article linked from above, for optimism on our point guard situation and more in-depth analysis on next year’s team makeup:

  18. PackHooligan 04/04/2007 at 7:43 AM #

    It would be interesting if Bzdelick(sp?), the air force coach, goes to Colorado. He would have gone from the Nuggets to Air Force to Colorado in a very short timespan. Having attended Colorado for graduate school (graduating in 2004), they truly do have a terrible program. There is really no student support except when Kansas or Nebraska come to town. The coach (I forget his name) had no offensive philosophy whatsoever. They had some decent to very good players while I was in school, and they could never really make any noise. Bzdelick would be a huge step up in coaching for them, which could make a huge difference in a very top heavy Big 12.

    On a side note, I would think recruiting black players would be tough in Boulder, as the campus population is almost entirely white as is the city of Boulder (which is like Chapel Hill on steroids). Almost all of the black students I met were through playing basketball (and 90% of them were on the football or basketball team).

  19. thebigwood 04/04/2007 at 7:50 AM #

    “Cremins? Isnt this pulling a Greg Marshall? Or did they both pull this last year?”

    I think Cremins did this a few years back…from GT to South Carolina and then back to GT, I think

  20. Wolfman300 04/04/2007 at 8:00 AM #

    I apologize ahead of time for this being off topic.

    From the Winston-Salem Journal:

    Pack receives its 1st commitment for ’08
    O’Brien lands speedy Pittsboro runner

    “Coach Bill Hall of Northwood said that North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and Clemson were interested in Palmer.”

    I guess Butch Davis won’t get ALL the recruits as the tarholes seem to think.

  21. TNCSU 04/04/2007 at 8:05 AM #

    ^^24 points and Co-MVP for J.J. in the Roundball Classic. I say again, I don’t think there’s any way you can keep him on the bench. Maybe at the beginning of the season, but he’ll be starting by January. Man, things are looking good for next year!

  22. TNCSU 04/04/2007 at 8:06 AM #

    ^^now you got me looking.. check out this wolfpack “my space” site, pretty good stuff:

    then scroll down to “Choke…”

    and this nice article linked from above, for optimism on our point guard situation and more in-depth analysis on next year’s team makeup:

    Can anyone find another link — or do some cutting and pasting — I can’t get it to work for me. Thx!

  23. foz 04/04/2007 at 8:06 AM #

    How about a collective hope that Broyles gets fired. We can hire the consultant for Arkansas. I have the inside track on a man that “knows basketball”.

  24. Trout 04/04/2007 at 8:15 AM #

    ^ Broyles has already announced his retirement from Arkansas. Many saw the firing of Heath as his last “power play” – the thought being he should have let the new AD come in and make the choice to fire Heath and select his replacement. Whomever Arkansas hires will be working for a new AD next year, and that’s never a good situation in which to try and hire a new coach.

  25. RedTerror29 04/04/2007 at 8:19 AM #

    ^^I agree that we know the perfect candidate for the Arkansas job.

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