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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.

Go Gophers!!
Excellent points. Individual hires can be justified by merit, of course, but the lack of diversity in the head coaching ranks at the U is certainly a topic of discussion both internally and externally.
 

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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.
Gates and Grant have been mentioned a few times.

Sampson has no shot at being hired by Minnesota given his past problems of following NCAA rules and the infractions that have come with that.
 

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Gates and Grant have been mentioned a few times.

Sampson has no shot at being hired by Minnesota given his past problems of following NCAA rules and the infractions that have come with that.
If we can get the next Clem Haskins and Gates is that guy, then count me in. The timing has to be right, of course, and it was right when we hired Clem. He had WKU in the top 20 (and I think he even had a Minnesotan in his starting lineup). He had Big Ten ties, having been a longtime assistant for Keady. And there we were looking for a coach. Had the timing not been what it was, he'd have been scooped up by someone else before too long. Besides the obvious questions of how successful Gates would be here, how much longer will he last at that level before some big program takes a flyer on him?
 

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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.

Go Gophers!!
Grant has been brought up numerous times.
Gates was just brought up too.
Sampson is a great coach, but he's making more money at Houston than we'd pay here and has a buy out of like over 12 million, plus doesn't have the cleanest track record.
Stoudamire is interesting, but I really think he's in line for a Pac 12 job (Zona).

Plenty of good assistants out there, but I'd prefer we hire someone with head coaching experience.

Some guys who are up and comers and worth watching, but not ready for B1G jobs yet imo.
Kim English
Jamion Christain
 

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How about Ed Cooley? Or is there any other Big East coaches that are on the radar? He is an east coast guy but he has been successful at Fairfield and Providence
 

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Lavall Jordan was a guy i liked last year. But his Butler team is struggling this year.
 

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If we can get the next Clem Haskins and Gates is that guy, then count me in. The timing has to be right, of course, and it was right when we hired Clem. He had WKU in the top 20 (and I think he even had a Minnesotan in his starting lineup). He had Big Ten ties, having been a longtime assistant for Keady. And there we were looking for a coach. Had the timing not been what it was, he'd have been scooped up by someone else before too long. Besides the obvious questions of how successful Gates would be here, how much longer will he last at that level before some big program takes a flyer on him?
This is from a BC next coach article. He has a connection to BC. His wife.

“Dennis Gates, Cleveland State - He’s a good coach and his wife Jocelyn is a senior associate athletic director at BC. But there would be weird optics to hiring him because of that tie-in. In fact, if they were going to consider Gates, they should have let Christian finish the season so it wouldn’t look like this was a fait accompli.”
 

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Why is that? What does he actually do better than Medved, as a coach?

I'm not sure what to think of Matta. He fell off pretty bad at the end with OSU but was certainly great before that. I just never liked him much.
 

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Why is that? What does he actually do better than Medved, as a coach?
There's no comparison in the resumes. Belein has won the B1G multiple times. He's taken multiple teams to the Final Four. He would have instant sway with local recruits and probably do the best job of keeping current players in the fold. I have nothing against Medved. He's on my short list too. But it's potential versus proven. They might have the same ceiling, but Beilein has a much higher floor.

With the new "free agency" era of college basketball, all commitments are basically one year at a time. This makes his age basically a non-issue IMO. Kids aren't going to be scared by "he won't be there 4 years from now" talk because they don't intend to be here 4 years from now it most cases.
 

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I don't think there's a chance in hell he wants the job.
I have no idea if he wants to coach again. But I don't buy the idea that he would go to BC or Vanderbilt but have zero interest in MN.
 

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The farthest Devries has strayed from the state of Iowa, in his life, is Omaha.
18 years as an assistant at Creighton doesn't do much for me and Nikko already had Drake on a good path. Two temporary arguments in his favor are Robbins would be more likely to stay and his kid is a 4* recruit.
 

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I think they're tied, for all intents and purposes.

But for however little (probably next to nothing) it's worth: Niko is from Roseville and went to the U, while Smith is from way up in Stephen, MN (close to Grand Forks) and went to UND.

So I know which one might, maybe feel more loyalty to/have more interest in the U.
I assume Smith developed more local recruiting ties in 4 years at USD than Nikko did in 1 year at Drake though.
 

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I assume Smith developed more local recruiting ties in 4 years at USD than Nikko did in 1 year at Drake though.
But would also think local coaches would respond well to a Roseville kid who went to the U, as well as Thorson in tote?
 

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But would also think local coaches would respond well to a Roseville kid who went to the U, as well as Thorson in tote?
I think they're very close to a tie. Smith is likely taking Utah State to what would be their 3rd straight tourney. If Niko doesn't make it, that's a tie breaker for me.
 

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I have no idea if he wants to coach again. But I don't buy the idea that he would go to BC or Vanderbilt but have zero interest in MN.
I would say there's no chance in hell he takes either of those jobs, either. So, I'm coming at it from the standpoint he isn't an option.

Of course, if you're Coyle, you call Beilein to find out, and if he wants the job, you give it to him.

I'm just past the idea that he'd take the job, so have moved on to thinking from a different reference point.
 
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Does Hugh McCutcheon know anything about bball? His volleyball team appears to know how to handle life on the road :cool:
 
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Boise pulls away again late, last night. Take both from Utah St, in Boise. That puts Boise square in the driver's seat and USU in 3rd place behind idle Colo St, who can't catch a break with postponed/cancelled games.

Boise goes to San Diego St next weekend and Utah St gets Nevada at home. Couple more important series. Colo St gets Air Force, which should be two wins. So depending on how things go, they could end up with the #1 seed and the regular season championship.

Not sure how there's going to be any time to make any of these series up, unless they push the tourney back.
 

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I have no idea if he wants to coach again. But I don't buy the idea that he would go to BC or Vanderbilt but have zero interest in MN.
I have no idea either and would be surprised if he went to BC or Vandy or for that matter coached again. I do know his family is priority and where he lives matter. People act like we just back up the brinks truck, offer 5 or 6 million and he will say yes. Some of these guys that have won big at the college level have turned down larger salaries to stay put. Some have large annuities attached. Find a guy that has who built and won at difficult places in highly competitive conferences , who have actually coached at different levels, have served several roles . For now though as a fan I will cheer for the team we have, coached by the guy we have to run the table.
 

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Boise pulls away again late, last night. Take both from Utah St, in Boise. That puts Boise square in the driver's seat and USU in 3rd place behind idle Colo St, who can't catch a break with postponed/cancelled games.

Boise goes to San Diego St next weekend and Utah St gets Nevada at home. Couple more important series. Colo St gets Air Force, which should be two wins. So depending on how things go, they could end up with the #1 seed and the regular season championship.

Not sure how there's going to be any time to make any of these series up, unless they push the tourney back.
Love that you follow that conference. I am from out west and always appreciate the sharing of those schools. Plus I have known Dave T. a long time and have tremendous respect for him as a person and as a coach. Years ago he and Ray Finley and I talked hoops for hours and he had a deep obsession with great defense. So did Finley who I saw at clinics over the years and watched him implement backline at two programs after seeing it in its infancy. What those guys marveled at was how some coaches could get done with less. How to compete with teams that had better talent. Now Dave had better players more often than not but he got so much out of them by teaching them how to play. Finley ran practices better than many college coaches.
 

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Love that you follow that conference. I am from out west and always appreciate the sharing of those schools. Plus I have known Dave T. a long time and have tremendous respect for him as a person and as a coach. Years ago he and Ray Finley and I talked hoops for hours and he had a deep obsession with great defense. So did Finley who I saw at clinics over the years and watched him implement backline at two programs after seeing it in its infancy. What those guys marveled at was how some coaches could get done with less. How to compete with teams that had better talent. Now Dave had better players more often than not but he got so much out of them by teaching them how to play. Finley ran practices better than many college coaches.
Well I mostly follow it, like last year, because I want Smith or Medved to be the Gophers head coach next season.
 

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Well I mostly follow it, like last year, because I want Smith or Medved to be the Gophers head coach next season.
MW has been a blast to watch this year. So many teams that are well coached. I’ve been impressed with Wyoming this year too. It’s amazing how New Mexico is at the bottom. Alford gets circles ran around him, but has some good talent. Gonna be a fun last weekend for sure.
 

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So I was thinking about this. Assuming we have a new coach, could we be in for a TOTAL roster overhaul?
Carr is gone
Robbins I assume leaves if his uncle is canned
Johnson gone
Curry gone
Jarvis doesn't return
Mitchell got 0 min and new coach seems logical he leaves
Mashburn had that Pitino connection and could go anywhere he wanted
Gach it just hasn't worked, certainly could leave

That leaves Gabe (assume he stays) and then Tre and Freeman, who both could certainly leave. Could 11 new players really be in the cards??
 

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I'm not sure what to think of Matta. He fell off pretty bad at the end with OSU but was certainly great before that. I just never liked him much.
Matta had very serious health issues and tried to coach despite them.
 

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So I was thinking about this. Assuming we have a new coach, could we be in for a TOTAL roster overhaul?
Carr is gone
Robbins I assume leaves if his uncle is canned
Johnson gone
Curry gone
Jarvis doesn't return
Mitchell got 0 min and new coach seems logical he leaves
Mashburn had that Pitino connection and could go anywhere he wanted
Gach it just hasn't worked, certainly could leave

That leaves Gabe (assume he stays) and then Tre and Freeman, who both could certainly leave. Could 11 new players really be in the cards??
I think you are onto something.
 
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