- Jan 9, 2021
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Darian DeVries is in the mix as the next head coach. 'Nough said. Over and out....
In a sub par conference??
Belien....is my #1
Let's have the real John Beilein for 5 years, then do that....Beilein spent the first 19 years of his career winning a total of THREE conference titles in killer leagues like the Mideast Collegiate Conference, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, and the Atlantic Ten.
West Virginia hired 49-year old John Beilein out of the "sub par" A-10 to give him his first shot at major college hoops in the old Big East. He was hired only after Dan Dakich quit after 8 days on the job.
In other words, everyone has to start somewhere.
Michigan then hired Beilein at 55-years old.
Minnesota should probably not hire a coach who will turn 69-years during his first season at the helm.
Minnesota should go to a subpar league and find their own version of a 45-year old John Beilein and let him turn into our own own John Beilein. Because, I love John Beilein.
Never heard of him, so looking at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Joerger
His college ties are to the Moorhead colleges, and his entire coaching experience is with professional teams.
Biggest thing: he's never had to recruit. That is a whole thing that you need to build up experience doing.
But also importantly: he's never had to deal with players who aren't professionals. Guys who you can just cut, if they don't do what you want. And so on.
Not trying to crap on your idea. Moreso saying, would he have any interest at all?
A few thoughts, some I've probably repeated many times:
Smith/Medved: It remains interesting to me that both of these guys interviewed for the Colorado State job and the Rams went with Medved. Smith has the more impressive MWC record, but Medved was the more appealing candidate just 3 years ago. On Medved specifically, I think he needs to make the NCAA tournament this year to have a shot at the job. Maybe AD's shouldn't think this way, but it's just a tough sell to make a change and hire a guy who hasn't been to an NCAA tournament and the on paper stuff is only impressive if you know how tough it is to win at Furman or the state of Drake basketball before he got there.
Tim Miles: I can't think of a guy getting fired in the conference from a worse job and then getting a better job in that same conference...and to do it without coaching anywhere in between? I just cannot see that happening. He might be a very good coach, but I just don't see an AD making that hire.
Eric Musselman: I'd be very interested in Musselman to Minnesota, but it's very tough to see it happening right now. Guys just are not leaving high major jobs for other high major jobs unless they have an issue with the AD or something similar that has them looking to leave. UCLA had to pay huge money (I believe at/near top 5 in the country) to get Mick Cronin from Cincinnati who plays in the AAC. Depending on who you believe Ed Cooley turned down Michigan to stay at Providence. I am not saying it won't happen, just that it shouldn't be spun as some embarrassment if we try for Musselman and he says no.
Seems almost incredible. You look at the five prior seasons to this year ... they won 9, 9, 12, 10, 11 total games. This year they're 15-6.Here’s another guy worth a look.
Dennis Gates at Cleveland State. Remarkable job turning Vikings around from garbage program to competing for conference title in 2nd year.
I think they're tied, for all intents and purposes.Good question. Maybe I'm overplaying the alumnus/local angle.
Dennis Gates is AA, I believe.Nearly every single name here has one thing in common: Dutcher, Smith, Medved, Miles, Alexander, Miller, Kelsey, Stansbury, DeVries, Musselman, Beilein, Matta, etc. They are all white.
Coyle's hires at the U: Motzko, Fleck, Whalen, and giving Pitino an extension (thus endorsing him as "his guy") - again, all white. And while I hope and expect we will hire the best coach no matter their skin color, Coyle absolutely will look at black candidates as well. And if all things are equal, he will hire a black candidate.
I'm not sure if that will be Damon Stoudamire, Kelvin Sampson (!!!), a top assistant, etc. but we need to broaden our perspective.