I have been waiting for the national talking heads to push Herb Sendek for open coaching positions and believe it or not someone is stepping up to the plate:
9. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune quoted Tubby Smith as saying he’s staying put at Minnesota. He should. He needs to continue to rebuild the Gophers. Meanwhile, the most intriguing name out there who isn’t in trouble is Arizona State’s Herb Sendek. Sendek left NC State before he was pushed out and landed at Arizona State. He’s certainly a coach who would be high on some lists because of his overall credibility.
It will be interesting to see what lists Sendek appears on. Of course, it makes you wonder why Sendek would leave the current “revival in Tempe” that he is leading especially with guys like Gary Parrish calling to tell you to pat yourself on the back for how well you are doing your job. He is a in perfect situation in the desert – Have a good team and the national guys call you a genius and have a bad team (4-14 in the Pac-10) and guys like Katz mention your “overall credibility” as opposed to your actual record.
Katz also mentions some schools that are likely to have openings(in addition to his discussion of the open position at Texas Tech):
7. This will be an interesting week at a number of schools, as athletic directors and presidents decide if buyouts are worth a change in direction. Decisions could be made on this front at Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas, NC State, Georgia Tech, Providence and South Florida. If the funds can’t be found, that can help save a coach and his staff for another year. But it would behoove some to try to get out before there are more moves made.
Last week Katz had this to say about the NC State job and Tubby Smith:
â€¢ NC State coach Sidney Lowe had a brutal schedule in the ACC (Duke and Carolina twice), visited Wisconsin and Syracuse, played Georgetown and Arizona, dealt with an early injury to his best player, Tracy Smith, and had a recruiting class that wasn’t as consistent as advertised. But he’s no fool. He’s been in the NBA. He knows that the odds to save his job without an NCAA tournament appearance are against him at this juncture. If Lowe is out, a job that most in the coaching business consider one of the best will be on the open market.
â€¢ When I met with Tubby Smith in October, he was adamant that he liked his situation at Minnesota. This season has been a disaster with injuries (Al Nolen and Mo Walker) and a defection (Devoe Joseph). If any ACC job is open, would Smith bail and return to the Southeast? If he did, would he be bolting on the Gophers before building this program up to a consistent level? I’ll be very interested to see what develops in this situation.
I will give Katz’ props for sticking to the topic and sharing his opinions without ridiculous cheap shots throwing out ludicrous assertions like comparing Herb Sendek to Jamie Dixon. Remember Gary Parrish’s opinion that we wouldn’t be happy with Jamie Dixon because we weren’t happy with Herb Sendek? It sure would suck being ranked #3 in the country in front of Roy Williams and Coach K going into the conference tournament?