It wasn't exactly a rubiks cube here. If Terry does ultimately get the Texas job, that does not mean he was their top choice. Those insiders saying Underwood could leave did say Texas was striking out on their top targets. The thought was they would up their offer to land their guy. Take a guy like Jerome Tang, who if he got the job would open up Underwood's alma mater. Tang was born in the Caribbean but grew up in Texas. Spent a decade at a top Dallas high school, then 2 decades at Baylor. He is a Texas guy, has proved his worth and would be a natural choice for Texas.Brad agrees…
“ March, is why we do all of this.”
I am glad he’s back too. I’d like to believe he’ll have a little luck on his side one of these years and crack the code of March eventually.
I wish relations weren’t strained but it is what is I guess.
Not that it matters now really, but I am strangely curious as to what this: thread-the-needle, convoluted, triagaonal, long-shot path of going elsewhere actually was. Lol
Those same insiders also reported that Texas's AD is a bit nuts and that scares off potential coaches. Also remember the coaching community speaks. There's a reason people know the top names for open positions. They know Self is not likely long for the coaching world. Izzo is 68. Calipari is 64 and starting to flounder a bit at Kentucky (pitchforks are coming out). Yes Hubert Davis made an improbable title game run from an 8 seed his first year, but if he misses the tournament again next year, there will be people calling for his head. With the possibility of Kansas, Kentucky, MSU, and/or UNC opening up in the next 5 years (or less), I could certainly see top coaches saying, I'm winning, I'm happy, I don't want to deal with Texas. I'll see if one of these top jobs will come open shortly. If Self does retire, I'd imagine he'll do it after the title game as to not steal the thunder of the teams still playing.
I'll be interested to see if the money involved in coaching now leads to coaches retiring earlier? I know in the pros, you at least have some offseason, but in college once the 16 hour days of the season are over, then you get to fly around the country and kiss teenagers butts all summer. You get to sit at Thanksgiving dinner and text a high school kid that you've been thinking about them a lot, a whole lot. Why deal with that, when you have enough money your grandkids will live rich lives? Why not use that money to relax and take it easy the rest of your life. I'd imagine top tier college coaching is the exact opposite of taking it easy.