NCAAs Impacting Georgia Tech Coaching Search

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Victories by underdogs on the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament slowed the pace of the on-going coaching search at Georgia Tech, according to multiple sources in the college basketball coaching community.

Tech’s list of candidates includes three head coaches whose teams, all with double-digit seeds, advanced with upset victories to reach the Sweet 16: Richmond’s Chris Mooney, Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart and Marquette’s Buzz Williams.

The Yellow Jackets’ list also includes other candidates, some of whom are not involved in the NCAA Tournament. Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has said the school’s search also may involve assistant coaches.

Also on twitter from Dave Glenn:

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DG will have an update shortly on the N.C.State coaching search at

Also, I think it is safe to say that the NC State coaching search is facing the same issues. If the first target on your list is someone like a “Sean Miller” or a “Brad Stevens”, then do you wait for Arizona and Butler to lose or do you go ahead and negotiate/offer candidates who might be #3-#4 on our list whose teams have been eliminated from the NCAA tournament(like a “Rick Barnes” or a “Mark Turgeon”? If you make the latter coaches wait until your first choices say no, then will they remove themselves from consideration because they don’t want to be perceived as the 3rd or 4th choice?

It is a really tough situation for Yow to manage.

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7 Responses to NCAAs Impacting Georgia Tech Coaching Search

  1. Wulfpack 03/22/2011 at 9:50 AM #

    All three of those guys would be great at Tech.

  2. Daily Update 03/22/2011 at 10:06 AM #

    I deleted a couple of posts. Not because anyone did anything wrong, but let’s try to keep away from rumors regarding personal information.

  3. tractor57 03/22/2011 at 10:45 AM #

    I don’t think there is any doubt that the wins by high seeds is affecting things for Tech – and possibly for State as well.

    I put my faith in Yow and our current administration to make reasonable decisions for State – so I’ll wait but I’ll read the speculation.

  4. RegularExpression 03/22/2011 at 11:14 AM #

    I would assume that Yow puts the feelers out to guys who are still in the tourney. If they express interest and they are among her top choices, she waits for them.(And let’s them know that she is waiting for them)

  5. Classof89 03/22/2011 at 1:40 PM #

    yes, but the issue here is how do you wait on those guys without making it appear to the other choices on your list that they are a “fallback”?? Barnes has already amply demonstrated that if he perceives himself to be a “fallback” after Miller, he will remove himself from this coaching search so fast it will make your head spin.

  6. PoppaJohn 03/22/2011 at 1:52 PM #

    ^ Perhaps that is why Yow made it clear in the presser that there were coaches she was interested in participating in the NCAAT and that she would respect the fact that they will want to focus on the games until after the tourney.
    That allows the search firm to make discrete contacts in the background while we maintain the public face that we’re “respecting the coaches time”. Then, next week, when there are only four teams playing, we can do a full court press on the candidate(s)we want having a pretty good idea that he (they) is interested.

    I would expect to start hearing stuff by the end of next week.

    BTW – GT has a pretty good list, as far as I am concerned. I LOVED watching Marquette!!! High energy, good defense, fast pace … fun to watch.

  7. john of sparta 03/22/2011 at 6:28 PM #

    we’re still in a coaching “search”?
    we’re still searching?
    this should have been completed
    last month, and the only delay is
    the announcement due to ongoing
    NCAA tournament participation.

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