Basketball Coaching Staff / Coaching Carousel Thread

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Also, e-mails and rumors swirling at the UofI on this Monday that are calling for BU's termination now or immediately following after the season but are being pushed back by the Admin & AD Dept. stating that something like that is too preliminary.

But the bait that the donors are falling for again is apparently the plan is for Walker to be let go at the end of the year and they're going to bring some new Illino blood on the staff. And BU has no say in it and he's not too happy.

Told if he doesn't produce major progess here on out for the rest of season he won't get to have a say in who his next assistant will be, who will most likely to he chosen to be his replacement down the line potentially.

But like i said, just rumors and emails at this point.
I call BS.
 
Going by KenPom numbers, 2015-2016 was worse. At this point three years ago, we were ranked 120th. We finished the season ranked 125th, with an adjusted efficiency margin of +3.91. We're currently ranked 113th with an EM of +5.55.

The B10 is much tougher this year than it was in 2015-2016, and there's a chance our efficiency will drop. But unless you're simply looking at wins and losses, you don't have to go back decades to find a worse performance.
I was referring to the two-year period, as others have already commented on. Didn't check the claims myself.

We've had a few one year blips, for instance Kruger was a fantastic coach IMO, but had a terrible year record wise. If you want to debate that specific point, that's fine, but the larger point on performance holds. Our AD committed a huge amount for a top-tier coach, and we've only continued down from an already low point.
 
Also, e-mails and rumors swirling at the UofI on this Monday that are calling for BU's termination now or immediately following after the season but are being pushed back by the Admin & AD Dept. stating that something like that is too preliminary.

But the bait that the donors are falling for again is apparently the plan is for Walker to be let go at the end of the year and they're going to bring some new Illino blood on the staff. And BU has no say in it and he's not too happy.

Told if he doesn't produce major progess here on out for the rest of season he won't get to have a say in who his next assistant will be, who will most likely to he chosen to be his replacement down the line potentially. But like i said, just rumors and emails at this point.
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That's how the mafia works.

This picture gives me solace that Whitman will do the right thing for the program no matter what his personal relationships are. By all accounts, Groce was a likable, good man who Whitman had a solid friendship with. I remember seeing pictures of Whitman as that season collapsed and thought "It's gonna be hard for him to fire his running buddy." But he did and obviously had to have been thinking of contingency plans before he actually had to execute it. I remember Groce seeming to be blindsided and Whitman handling that press conference as something he didn't like doing but needed to do. I believe he'll do similar here if he feels like he needs to.
 
Also, e-mails and rumors swirling at the UofI on this Monday that are calling for BU's termination now or immediately following after the season but are being pushed back by the Admin & AD Dept. stating that something like that is too preliminary.

But the bait that the donors are falling for again is apparently the plan is for Walker to be let go at the end of the year and they're going to bring some new Illino blood on the staff. And BU has no say in it and he's not too happy.

Told if he doesn't produce major progess here on out for the rest of season he won't get to have a say in who his next assistant will be, who will most likely to he chosen to be his replacement down the line potentially.

But like i said, just rumors and emails at this point.
So it's already 'circle the wagons' mode .... It just makes it harder and harder to get a 'good' coach (later) to even listen to the idea of coaching at Illinois....
 
I subscribe to the LA Times and one of today's stories is about UCLA's upcoming search for a basketball coach.
Other than the fact that they might have higher expectations, their list (per the Times) sounds eerily similar.

From the paper "Potential candidates to replace the 54-year-old Alford could include the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Michigan’s John Beilein, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, North Carolina State’s Kevin Keatts, Texas Christian’s Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. "
 
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I subscribe to the LA Times and one of today's stories is about UCLA's upcoming search for a basketball coach.
Other than the fact that they might have higher expectations, their list (per the Times) sounds eerily similar.

From the paper "Potential candidates to replace the 54-year-old Alford could include the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Michigan’s John Beilein, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, North Carolina State’s Kevin Keatts, Texas Christian’s Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. "
LoL, I mean they just listed pretty much The Who’s who of college basketball coaching. I doubt they can pull any of those guys.
 
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I subscribe to the LA Times and one of today's stories is about UCLA's upcoming search for a basketball coach.
Other than the fact that they might have higher expectations, their list (per the Times) sounds eerily similar.

From the paper "Potential candidates to replace the 54-year-old Alford could include the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Michigan’s John Beilein, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, North Carolina State’s Kevin Keatts, Texas Christian’s Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. "
What the! They left off Dee Brown and Roger Powell... :unsure:
 
Even in its current state, I'd still say UCLA is a top five job. Yeah, fans and donors have high expectations and demands, but Alford got a lot of time to fail. So any potential coach prospects have to believe they won't be run off at the first sign of adversity.
 
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I subscribe to the LA Times and one of today's stories is about UCLA's upcoming search for a basketball coach.
Other than the fact that they might have higher expectations, their list (per the Times) sounds eerily similar.

From the paper "Potential candidates to replace the 54-year-old Alford could include the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Billy Donovan, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Michigan’s John Beilein, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, North Carolina State’s Kevin Keatts, Texas Christian’s Jamie Dixon, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall, Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak and former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. "
I am surprised that they did not include Self, Izzo, K and Williams. And Shaka and Brad.
 
Alford was definately fortunate to receive this job, and he butchered it beyond compare. Welcome to March Madness announcing with Lavin now.
 
Alford was definately fortunate to receive this job
Give him a little bit of credit, he is a much richer man for hitting the ejector seat on Iowa for a cushy mid-major job. That's a smart thing for a coach to do.

Dana Holgorsen will benefit from this as well, just watch.