Final Four shows young coaches shouldn’t be overlooked

Link to article from Gary Parrish.

My only point is that a good athletic director should be able to examine candidates, find the right guy for his job and pull the trigger. In some cases, the right guy might be a 50-year-old veteran. But I’ve long believed great coaches are often identifiable at a young age, always admired athletic directors with the you-know-whats to take a chance on one. With any luck, this group of coaches at this Final Four — who were all 31-or-younger when they got their first head coaching job — will help push more athletic directors to do the same, to take a chance, to worry less about what somebody’s done and more about what somebody’s built to do.

“I hope so, too,” Smart said. “I love young coaches and I think there are a lot of terrific guys out there in their late 20s and early 30s who could do just as good a job as I could.”

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38 Responses to Final Four shows young coaches shouldn’t be overlooked

  1. newt 04/01/2011 at 11:57 AM #

    No way I’m clicking that link!

  2. Daily Update 04/01/2011 at 11:58 AM #

    ^Good read. But I understand why.

  3. john of sparta 04/01/2011 at 12:09 PM #

    survey to the right actually has SS at $2-2.5M.
    that’s lowballin’. it’s gotta be closer to 3.

  4. quypack93 04/01/2011 at 12:20 PM #

    Not going to click on the link. However, I completely agree and believe that idea. As my other posts here back to the beginning of this search as well as the search in 2005, if Fowlup had an an ounce of courage, Miller or Grant or Marshall would have been our coach and, instead of searching for a new coach in March, we would have been dancing. Today’s SS could be tomorrow’s Billy Donovan, or Miller, or…

  5. JSRy2k 04/01/2011 at 12:41 PM #

    If – IF – DY can identify THE right young coach for NCSU, our program upside will be greater than if we had snagged a long-established coach such as Rick Barnes. The type who, for his success, becomes the face of the program and never wants to leave. If we are so blessed as to land that person then, in 10 yrs or so when K and Roy step down, Duke & UNC would be trying to figure out how to keep up with us.

  6. wolfie91 04/01/2011 at 1:22 PM #

    ^And if Smart is that man, then I say go get him.

  7. BladenWolf 04/01/2011 at 1:27 PM #

    No thank you, I am never going to read a Parrish piece of excrement. F Garry Parrish and anything that has to do with that cretin.

    This is a much better read:

    “But it’s time for State fans in the backseat to relax, to pop a few Sominex, to understand that progress in a coaching search does not have to be visible to be real.

    Who knows? Maybe the most jumpy Wolfpack fans have reason to be edgy. After all, the last time a trip to Disney World was planned, back in 2006, the State car wound up with two flat tires and a broken axle and everyone had to settle for a two-day visit to see Pedro at South of the Border.

    Yeah, that wasn’t pleasant.

    But Yow has this under control. She’s targeting a number of qualified candidates. She’s already been turned away by some. Yet she has a vision, a step-by-step plan and a travel itinerary that has her at the Final Four in Houston this weekend, the perfect place to be if you want to advertise a prestigious opening to a horde of coaches who might want more detail.”

    I’m taking a deep breath and going to hope Dan Wiederer is right.

  8. blpack 04/01/2011 at 1:36 PM #

    Not clicking, but he makes a point. However it is not easy. Great coaches don’t grow on trees and every young coach is not and will not be great.
    The key, and what I think DY is looking for, is the right fit. That is the challenge thrown in the mix on top of everything else.

  9. newt 04/01/2011 at 2:03 PM #

    Beo sighting!

  10. bradleyb123 04/01/2011 at 2:23 PM #

    newt, two questions:

    1) What is a Beo?

    2) Whatever a Beo is, how do we know it’s not an April Fool’s joke?

  11. ringo 04/01/2011 at 2:29 PM #

    beowuf, longtime poster on the old statefans . com

  12. Thompson44 04/01/2011 at 3:04 PM #

    Interesing article from Fox Sports on Shaka, plus it is eye opening in the comments they use to describe our fan base as well as our AD……

  13. tvp1 04/01/2011 at 3:12 PM #

    ^More BS from King Asshat Jeff Goodman. Ignore, ignore, ignore.

  14. wolfpacktexx 04/01/2011 at 3:27 PM #

    Thompson 44 – why provide a link to the A-hole Goodman?
    This time he prints
    “He’s well aware of the insanely unrealistic North Carolina State fan base from his days as an assistant at Clemson, and he’s smart and connected enough to be familiar with Wolfpack athletic director Debbie Yow’s poor reputation while at Maryland.”

    I would like to see NCSU look at legal matters in regard to his comments including Yow getting the Heisman and NCSU has the reputation you have to “cheat to win at NCSU”. This clearly is damaging our brand and our institution.

    This guy clearly has an agenda against our great school. Look at his picture, he looks like a loser.

  15. charger17 04/01/2011 at 3:28 PM #

    ^^ Honestly!?! I think Goodman and such write those articles just b/c they know how incredible our fan base is and that they can profit from it and drive up traffic just by slamming us.

    And I’m not trying to disrespect anyone, but I’m in beowuf’s corner on the GP article. If SFN is telling us to ignore such chatter (aka, BJD95’s article two days ago), then don’t put it on the front page!

  16. packalum08 04/01/2011 at 3:46 PM #

    While Gary Parrish has earned his place of contempt among the “Lunatic Fringe,” I think he’s half-right with this piece. Yes, a good AD should be able to identify good coaches at a young age. However, the coaching/hiring game may be changing. There’s now more and more talk of coaches at mid-majors not wanting to jump up to major conferences. Coaches can be pickier in the jobs they choose, especially now that, even at mid majors, coaches get very good salaries. Coupled with that is the rise of the internet and social media and the ever-expanding tournament, and the exposure these coaches get is much, much greater than before. An AD at a major school has a tougher time these days convincing a coach to leave a mid major than ever before.

  17. Packfan28 04/01/2011 at 3:51 PM #

    No worries Beo. There aren’t many that haven’t gotten the censorship hook from DU. If here were a referee, most games would end in a forfeit due to insufficient players remaining.

  18. thebigwood 04/01/2011 at 3:54 PM #

    I just don’t understand how any person could look at the tenure of our coaches and say we are an insanely unrealistic fanbase. If anything, we are forgiving to a fault.

  19. highstick 04/01/2011 at 3:58 PM #

    DU? Ducks Unlimited??

  20. LifeLongWolf 04/01/2011 at 4:28 PM #

    Funny. We get told via “inspirational stories” of athletes who “overcome all obstacles to achieve their dreams” on every media outlet, whenever they get a chance. Underdog stories are always popular, and seem to always include a phrase such as “don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it” or “don’t give up on your dream”. But here we are, the perennial underdog, dreaming big, aspiring to be more than the status quo, and we get crushed for it. If I was a writer, I’d write about how much I admired the NCSU fans for their attitude. We expect excellence, we give people a chance to prove they can do it, but we won’t stop looking until we find excellence.

    “Never give up. Don’t ever give up” Where have I heard that before?

  21. quypack93 04/01/2011 at 4:44 PM #

    Thebig, you you to frame that. Exactly on point sir:-)

  22. Boyd 04/01/2011 at 6:41 PM #

    FWIW, Shaka is undefeated as a HC in the post-season.

  23. Pano Fasoulas 04/01/2011 at 7:02 PM #

    With all of the discussion I have never once heard the name of Mark Fox, currently at Georgia. Is there a reason why his name isn’t being thrown around. He got UGA back to the tournament fairly quickly and was very good at the other Wolf Pack in Nevada.

  24. IamGumbyDammit 04/01/2011 at 8:50 PM #

    As an aside, on the subject of Marshall’s Wichita State Shockers winning the NIT, I find it surprising they picked that moniker, given what a “shocker” is…

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