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Is this really a surprise? It's what I expected. Brad Stevens is the lone example of an NCAA coaching making the NBA transition successfully. Any other semi-recent examples?????Beilein is out at Cleveland.
Billy Donovan hasn't done too poorly at OKC -- shade over .600 winning percentage, conference final and playoffs every year. Don't think too many people were expecting much from OKC this year and right now it looks like they'll make it to playoffs again.Is this really a surprise? It's what I expected. Brad Stevens is the lone example of an NCAA coaching making the NBA transition successfully. Any other semi-recent examples?????
I wonder if we would have gone 2-0 against Michigan this year if Beilein never left. Glad he did. Be interested to see where he ends up at if he gets back in college. You think Indiana fans would rather have him than Archie?He apparently negotiated a buyout now instead of waiting to be fired at end of season. He clearly wants to be available for the carousel.
Ah, yes, I forgot about him.Billy Donovan hasn't done too poorly at OKC -- shade over .600 winning percentage, conference final and playoffs every year. Don't think too many people were expecting much from OKC this year and right now it looks like they'll make it to playoffs again.
Texas will be on him for sure even if they make the tournament.I’m sure Indiana fans would rather have him. But not sure Indiana has given up on archie yet. Where he goes depends on which jobs open up, but I’d think Texas is a leading candidate if they miss tourney and fire Shaka.
Read an article (think it was on ESPN) that listed potential landing spots for Beilein if he doesn't retire and number 1 was Texas. They also listed DePaul (though writer admitted he wasn't really sure if that was a good fit being they are rebuilding and he would likely have to recruit Chicago) and Boston College. Didn't realize he was from NY and coached in that state for most of his early years, so maybe he still has some family back east. Also didn't realize that he has never been an assistant coach at any level.I’m sure Indiana fans would rather have him. But not sure Indiana has given up on archie yet. Where he goes depends on which jobs open up, but I’d think Texas is a leading candidate if they miss tourney and fire Shaka.
UNC is the first one that comes to mind. Roy's starting to lose his marbles.
Also caught whiff of some juicy rumors earlier this year that Pop could decide to hang it up, and Bill Self would be a name Kansas-connect R.C. Buford would take a hard look at.
Carolina is pretty far up its own butt, too. Beilein isn't a Carolina Guy, so he's practically automatically disqualified anyway.UNC is actually pretty far down the list of places I'd think he goes. 1) Unless ol' Roy hangs up the Jordans on his own, I don't think the school will push him out after 1 bad season. They've finished 1st in the ACC 3 of the past 4 seasons and won a Natty 3 years ago. 2) Even if he does retire on his own, why go after a coach that's 2 years younger than the one that's retiring? UNC will have its pick of up and comer (or well established but earlier in their career) younger guys.
I'd be very surprised if Cronin's job is in jeopardy at UCLA. Expectations weren't high (pretty much picked 7th in conf. by most publications) and, while only tied for 5th with 8-5 record, they've won 7 of their last 9 conference games (including road win against AZ and home win against Colorado). He has them playing very well. Also Pac 12 is not that bad at all. Last time I looked its NET conference rank was 4th, and the top half of the league is good. Right now Lunardi has 5 teams in -- more than both ACC and SEC. UCLA is not one of those teams and their NET rank is pretty low so probably have to win conf. tourney to get in. Took awhile for coach and team to get on same page, but now that they are and playing well I would be shocked if that job opened up.This is the first level he has failed at right? Crazy career that guy has had.
He is deeply connected and well respected in the coaching world, I'm sure. I wonder if he's gotten wind of some potential retirements/vacancies at the blue bloods? Self might not stick around depending on what the NCAA does with the whole recruiting violations thing. (probably nothing) Roy is having a rough year and could retire. Kentucky is always at least good so there would be no reason for Calipari to leave...but maybe he wants to retire as well? Coach K is always rumored to be in his lat year. Does UCLA like Cronin considering he's got them at 15-11 in the PAC 12?
Anyway, having a continuously successful college career from the bottom levels to the highest level makes you very appealing to anyone. The fact that he now has NBA experience may make him able to recruit some of the one and done's a little better.
Though, I wonder if he would want to get into that world since I'm guessing the blue bloods are more "NBA Lite" as opposed to college teams.
I'd be very interested in hearing John Beilein do some color commentary. He is a really good X's and O's coach so I'm guessing he is well versed on the technical sides of basketball. And at 67, maybe he doesn't care about pissing anyone off and will tell it like it is.Crazy to me to think that a 67 year old guy worth millions would bother. Don't these guys have other ambitions? Whatever. I agree with Texas being a good fit. I could also see a situation where he can bring is son onboard to help get him back in the game. Otherwise, I think he'd be a good TV guy; Super Dakich.
You have to figure they're good at it, enjoy high status/esteem, and enjoy doing it. And as busy as he's been doing this as long as he has, I would doubt there's anything comparable to it he could do with his time.Crazy to me to think that a 67 year old guy worth millions would bother. Don't these guys have other ambitions?