Richmond coach Chris Mooney added to UT's search list

Richmond coach Chris Mooney has the Spiders in the NCAA Sweet 16 in his sixth season at the Atlantic 10 Conference mid-major program. He signed a contract extension in 2010 that takes him through 2017 and could be worth as much as $700,000.

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Richmond coach Chris Mooney has the Spiders in the NCAA Sweet 16 in his sixth season at the Atlantic 10 Conference mid-major program. He signed a contract extension in 2010 that takes him through 2017 and could be worth as much as $700,000.

Tennessee has added Richmond men's basketball coach Chris Mooney to the list of coaching candidates it's interested in, according to a source with knowledge of the coaching search.

The source requested anonymity because Richmond has not been contacted.

Mooney, 38, who played at Princeton, has been coach at Richmond since 2005, compiling a 112-86 record heading into Friday night’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game against Kansas.

Mooney signed a contract extension in 2010 that takes him through 2017 and could be worth as much as $700,000.

The Vols began their coaching search on Monday with the following five coaches on their list: Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, Villanova coach Jay Wright, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon and Alabama coach Anthony Grant, according to a source in the UT athletic department.

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say in other words....guessing like we are...cool.
Bones never lie.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

Don't you remember what happened LAST time we hired a Richmond coach?

volfisher writes:

Could you not get his name right in the headline???

iowavol writes:

This is better thinking - but truthfully, I don't think we land a single coach on this list unless we fire Hamilton.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

Don't you remember what happened LAST time we hired a Richmond coach?

Clawfense with a little powder sugar finger prints all over. lol
Bones never lie.

cwbytruckers writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

Don't you remember what happened LAST time we hired a Richmond coach?

EXACTLY

eb502us#225637 writes:

Only guy I'm NOT excited about.

He may be a good coach, but running a version of the Princeton offense is something I'm not interested in seeing.

SummittsCourt writes:

What we need is a coach who is energetic, passionate, willing to start over and can accept the fact that he will be playing on Summitts Court.

Oh right, Hammy just fired him!

Fire Hamiltion, get the right AD, rehire Pearl

volzrock54 writes:

112-86 isnt very good. Hopefully we can get better..

TNVol71 writes:

Princeton offense may win ballgames, but it won't put people in the stands because it is
bo-o-o-o-ring. GBO!!

BigVolinCarolina writes:

All these names on the list, in my opinion, are nothing more than "floaters" or "distractors" from the real list.

I'm thinking we're actually targeting coaches like Mark Few (Gonzaga), Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech and now at College of Charleston), Rick Pitino (Providence, Kentucky and now at Louisville) and maybe even Bobby Knight.

Do I think we'll get one of these coaches I've mentioned? That's a different story.

Been wrong before and could be wrong again--about all of this!

elbtenn#502977 writes:

Rick Byrd. He WANTS to be there!

give_him_6 writes:

Yawn. No!

volfisher writes:

Thanks for changing it from the original "Richmond coach Chris Moody added to UT's search list", and no he is not the man for this job. Frankly Frank is the only guy we need.

ETownVol writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

Don't you remember what happened LAST time we hired a Richmond coach?

Exactly what I was thinking.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to TNVol71:

Princeton offense may win ballgames, but it won't put people in the stands because it is
bo-o-o-o-ring. GBO!!

Can you say Ray Mears. Talk about boring.

ETownVol writes:

in response to ztopia:

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What do you want... a freakin' cookie?

GerryOP writes:

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

Don't you remember what happened LAST time we hired a Richmond coach?

Yup, and if Fulmer had let him truly be the Offensive Coordinator, Phil might still be the HFC!

IdahoVol writes:

in response to ztopia:

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troll

TDTN writes:

in response to elbtenn#502977:

Rick Byrd. He WANTS to be there!

I would be surprised if Rick ever leaves Belmont. I dont see him wanting to get tangled up in all the phooey he would be dealing with. Not specifically at UT but at any high level school. Rick is a first class guy. When you climb up into the higher ranks: you lie with dogs your gonna get fleas! He is an outstanding coach. In my opinion the best basketball ever was watching Byrd and Don Meyer go head to head in the Battle of the Boulevard back in the late 80's through 90's.
I dont think the Pearl mess and pending NCAA stuff will keep us from getting a good coach. This can be a long term job and we will have a depleted roster. It is going to take a couple of years to really regroup any way. Not a bad challenge for someone who wants the opportunity. Great fan base and great facility. It will be different with Pearl gone but with all the stuff he did firing him was the right decision. And I loved B.P.!

GerryOP writes:

in response to ztopia:

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C'mon lil' zzgatorboy, act like you've been there before.

tree_em_smokey writes:

This is the last head coaching piece I read until we actually hire one. If the new coach didn't have to think about the ncaa restrictions before accepting the job then I think it would be fair game and IMO we could get anyone with enough $. Now we have to broaden our search to find someone who will consider taking the job knowing the restrictions and knowing they will be under a microscope from the university (Mike Hamilton trying to not mess up again knowing it will lead to his departure)and the ncaa. GBO!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Well, gee lil' DC gataboy, why should we be excited for lil' Billie. Even Bruce got our Vols to the E-8. So the gatas defeated a team that suspended their star because he had carnal knowledge of his girlfriend. By that standard, the gatas would be hard pressed to field a team.

GerryOP writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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No.... it's lil' Billie.

allvol9 writes:

in response to ztopia:

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Sorry...but you are on the wrong board here. No one cares here...Vols Baby.

GerryOP writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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I hope you get what you want and want what you get.

VOLtage writes:

Coach Crutchfield at West Liberty University. They average 111 points a game and they're playing in the NCAA Division 2 Semifinals right now on CSS.

SEC1 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Well, gee lil' DC gataboy, why should we be excited for lil' Billie. Even Bruce got our Vols to the E-8. So the gatas defeated a team that suspended their star because he had carnal knowledge of his girlfriend. By that standard, the gatas would be hard pressed to field a team.

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skyhawk836 writes:

in response to BigVolinCarolina:

All these names on the list, in my opinion, are nothing more than "floaters" or "distractors" from the real list.

I'm thinking we're actually targeting coaches like Mark Few (Gonzaga), Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech and now at College of Charleston), Rick Pitino (Providence, Kentucky and now at Louisville) and maybe even Bobby Knight.

Do I think we'll get one of these coaches I've mentioned? That's a different story.

Been wrong before and could be wrong again--about all of this!

May be right, but Mooney would be excellent, imo.
Still like Lawrence Frank better.

BigOrangeJeff writes:

OK, if the list of five is truly sourced from the UTAD, I believe it was leaked on purpose. No chance for Dixon or Wright, as they're on the list to fire up the fans and show us that the AD is "serious" about this search. The Bammer and aTm jobs are lateral moves at best, maybe even a step back given the current NCAA situation.

That leaves Marshall and Mooney as the only true candidates. The rest are on the list only for PR reasons.

I think that Mark Stevens should be the only name on the list until he either takes the job or says "no thanks."

vet4ut writes:

Lawrence Frank? Name me the last pro coach who came to the college ranks and did well. Also, he had no college experience to speak of before coaching the Nets. No connections...can he recruit? And he had a team of veterans in the pros. Not gonna have that with UT.

Byrd? Um, why do we want a 57 year old guy who's coached a small college to "local" success. Yes, Belmont whips up on crappy conference competition. Yes, they have been to the dance multiple times (see previous sentence). Yes, he's from Ktown and went to UT. So? This makes him a quality candidate, why?. Interesting that he's such an awesome candidate and ZERO other schools are pursuing him.

Marshall? Yawn. He's a safe pick (see Buzz Peterson). Wins some games. Never wins games he shouldn't. Goes to the NCAA or NIT and never wins those games. Would have thought he'd be on top of that conference after 4 years if he truly was a great coach on the rise.

Mooney. Maybe. But has a small sample size. Seems about as exciting as Marshall.

Shaka Smart. Fantastic energy. Players LOVE him. Excellent recruiter at 2 bigger schools (Florida and Clemson) and has done well at VCU. Well educated. Small sample size (2 years) but so was Anthony Grant's resume at VCU (3 years) before being a hot candidate at Bama. And seeing us play a 94 foot brand of bball again would be fantastic.

Buzz Williams. Excellent recruiter. Players seem to love him too. Plays a full court brand VERY similar to what Bruce ran at UW Milwaukee (all 5 players on the floor can defend, handle the ball and shoot).

Brad Stevens. Excellent coach. Excellent system. Excellent tournament results. Um, is he going to come to UT with very likely penalties hamstringing him and at least 5 (and up to 7) players leaving with only 1 recruit (Ware) committed to coming next year (we will see with Jones)? Maybe....but I doubt it. He seems comfy at Butler the same way coach K is at Duke, Calhoun is a UConn, etc.

Dixon/Wright. No fricking way.

Pitino. See above.

Grant. Seems like a cool customer. Never gets rattled and is almost regal in his demeanor. Can recruit. Not sure Bama would let him leave over money but that gym they play in is a dump. Think of the recruiting edge he would have with the Tommy Bowl and Pratt Pavilion...

I've seen about a million posts about integrity, honesty, etc. That's what we had with Don DeVoe, Buzz Peterson, Wade Houston, etc, etc. We sucked, no one went to games, we had giant black curtains. Let's get a quality coach and quit clamoring for a priest who also coaches college athletics.

crmcm44#321757 writes:

There will be more names added to the list until
we hit bottom. When the powers that be have destroyed the program their mission will be complete.

walt23tn writes:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

walt23tn writes:

in response to vet4ut:

Lawrence Frank? Name me the last pro coach who came to the college ranks and did well. Also, he had no college experience to speak of before coaching the Nets. No connections...can he recruit? And he had a team of veterans in the pros. Not gonna have that with UT.

Byrd? Um, why do we want a 57 year old guy who's coached a small college to "local" success. Yes, Belmont whips up on crappy conference competition. Yes, they have been to the dance multiple times (see previous sentence). Yes, he's from Ktown and went to UT. So? This makes him a quality candidate, why?. Interesting that he's such an awesome candidate and ZERO other schools are pursuing him.

Marshall? Yawn. He's a safe pick (see Buzz Peterson). Wins some games. Never wins games he shouldn't. Goes to the NCAA or NIT and never wins those games. Would have thought he'd be on top of that conference after 4 years if he truly was a great coach on the rise.

Mooney. Maybe. But has a small sample size. Seems about as exciting as Marshall.

Shaka Smart. Fantastic energy. Players LOVE him. Excellent recruiter at 2 bigger schools (Florida and Clemson) and has done well at VCU. Well educated. Small sample size (2 years) but so was Anthony Grant's resume at VCU (3 years) before being a hot candidate at Bama. And seeing us play a 94 foot brand of bball again would be fantastic.

Buzz Williams. Excellent recruiter. Players seem to love him too. Plays a full court brand VERY similar to what Bruce ran at UW Milwaukee (all 5 players on the floor can defend, handle the ball and shoot).

Brad Stevens. Excellent coach. Excellent system. Excellent tournament results. Um, is he going to come to UT with very likely penalties hamstringing him and at least 5 (and up to 7) players leaving with only 1 recruit (Ware) committed to coming next year (we will see with Jones)? Maybe....but I doubt it. He seems comfy at Butler the same way coach K is at Duke, Calhoun is a UConn, etc.

Dixon/Wright. No fricking way.

Pitino. See above.

Grant. Seems like a cool customer. Never gets rattled and is almost regal in his demeanor. Can recruit. Not sure Bama would let him leave over money but that gym they play in is a dump. Think of the recruiting edge he would have with the Tommy Bowl and Pratt Pavilion...

I've seen about a million posts about integrity, honesty, etc. That's what we had with Don DeVoe, Buzz Peterson, Wade Houston, etc, etc. We sucked, no one went to games, we had giant black curtains. Let's get a quality coach and quit clamoring for a priest who also coaches college athletics.

GREAT POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to SEC1:

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But...wait, we were talking about your gatas, not my Vols. I repeat, why should we be excited for lil' Billie. Even Bruce got our Vols to the E-8.

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to vet4ut:

Lawrence Frank? Name me the last pro coach who came to the college ranks and did well. Also, he had no college experience to speak of before coaching the Nets. No connections...can he recruit? And he had a team of veterans in the pros. Not gonna have that with UT.

Byrd? Um, why do we want a 57 year old guy who's coached a small college to "local" success. Yes, Belmont whips up on crappy conference competition. Yes, they have been to the dance multiple times (see previous sentence). Yes, he's from Ktown and went to UT. So? This makes him a quality candidate, why?. Interesting that he's such an awesome candidate and ZERO other schools are pursuing him.

Marshall? Yawn. He's a safe pick (see Buzz Peterson). Wins some games. Never wins games he shouldn't. Goes to the NCAA or NIT and never wins those games. Would have thought he'd be on top of that conference after 4 years if he truly was a great coach on the rise.

Mooney. Maybe. But has a small sample size. Seems about as exciting as Marshall.

Shaka Smart. Fantastic energy. Players LOVE him. Excellent recruiter at 2 bigger schools (Florida and Clemson) and has done well at VCU. Well educated. Small sample size (2 years) but so was Anthony Grant's resume at VCU (3 years) before being a hot candidate at Bama. And seeing us play a 94 foot brand of bball again would be fantastic.

Buzz Williams. Excellent recruiter. Players seem to love him too. Plays a full court brand VERY similar to what Bruce ran at UW Milwaukee (all 5 players on the floor can defend, handle the ball and shoot).

Brad Stevens. Excellent coach. Excellent system. Excellent tournament results. Um, is he going to come to UT with very likely penalties hamstringing him and at least 5 (and up to 7) players leaving with only 1 recruit (Ware) committed to coming next year (we will see with Jones)? Maybe....but I doubt it. He seems comfy at Butler the same way coach K is at Duke, Calhoun is a UConn, etc.

Dixon/Wright. No fricking way.

Pitino. See above.

Grant. Seems like a cool customer. Never gets rattled and is almost regal in his demeanor. Can recruit. Not sure Bama would let him leave over money but that gym they play in is a dump. Think of the recruiting edge he would have with the Tommy Bowl and Pratt Pavilion...

I've seen about a million posts about integrity, honesty, etc. That's what we had with Don DeVoe, Buzz Peterson, Wade Houston, etc, etc. We sucked, no one went to games, we had giant black curtains. Let's get a quality coach and quit clamoring for a priest who also coaches college athletics.

As to your Lawrence Frank concern, Rick Pitino and Larry Brown went back and forth and did well. But, there are so few pro coaches that I'm not sure the concern is a big one.
As to recruiting, Frank was here with O'Neil and they recruited Ron Slay's class and the classes around it. That group won a lot of games.
So, I don't know if he can do it, but he would have credibility with the players and would have a chance to hold this roster together. I think that would help them get through the storm.
Anyway, that's why I like him.

walt23tn writes:

in response to SEC1:

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Sad life for trolls who have nothing better to do tonight. I pity you. Guess you're glad the last 6 years are over. Get a life. Really........get a life. I'm afraid you're one beer and a loss for whatever lame a** team you pull for before you end your sorry claim for existence.

walt23tn writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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True.....but like you said, it lacks excitement. We don't want (ok, I don't want) to be one of those teams who aren't exciting. Nobody wants to be less than exciting. I mean, if we really wanted it, we could hire Fulmer to coach the basketball team. I crave a continuation of excitement and potential that we've gotten accustomed to. I'd love to see Stevens or Grant. Young guys with potential who could maintain momentum. I know it sounds greedy, but I've became spoiled. I see your point, I'm just not ready to return to mediocrity.

VOLliven2it writes:

I, like many of you, will just be glad when we have a head basketball coach. I hope it's sooner rather than later with all the speculation.

Ironcity writes:

in response to vet4ut:

Lawrence Frank? Name me the last pro coach who came to the college ranks and did well. Also, he had no college experience to speak of before coaching the Nets. No connections...can he recruit? And he had a team of veterans in the pros. Not gonna have that with UT.

Byrd? Um, why do we want a 57 year old guy who's coached a small college to "local" success. Yes, Belmont whips up on crappy conference competition. Yes, they have been to the dance multiple times (see previous sentence). Yes, he's from Ktown and went to UT. So? This makes him a quality candidate, why?. Interesting that he's such an awesome candidate and ZERO other schools are pursuing him.

Marshall? Yawn. He's a safe pick (see Buzz Peterson). Wins some games. Never wins games he shouldn't. Goes to the NCAA or NIT and never wins those games. Would have thought he'd be on top of that conference after 4 years if he truly was a great coach on the rise.

Mooney. Maybe. But has a small sample size. Seems about as exciting as Marshall.

Shaka Smart. Fantastic energy. Players LOVE him. Excellent recruiter at 2 bigger schools (Florida and Clemson) and has done well at VCU. Well educated. Small sample size (2 years) but so was Anthony Grant's resume at VCU (3 years) before being a hot candidate at Bama. And seeing us play a 94 foot brand of bball again would be fantastic.

Buzz Williams. Excellent recruiter. Players seem to love him too. Plays a full court brand VERY similar to what Bruce ran at UW Milwaukee (all 5 players on the floor can defend, handle the ball and shoot).

Brad Stevens. Excellent coach. Excellent system. Excellent tournament results. Um, is he going to come to UT with very likely penalties hamstringing him and at least 5 (and up to 7) players leaving with only 1 recruit (Ware) committed to coming next year (we will see with Jones)? Maybe....but I doubt it. He seems comfy at Butler the same way coach K is at Duke, Calhoun is a UConn, etc.

Dixon/Wright. No fricking way.

Pitino. See above.

Grant. Seems like a cool customer. Never gets rattled and is almost regal in his demeanor. Can recruit. Not sure Bama would let him leave over money but that gym they play in is a dump. Think of the recruiting edge he would have with the Tommy Bowl and Pratt Pavilion...

I've seen about a million posts about integrity, honesty, etc. That's what we had with Don DeVoe, Buzz Peterson, Wade Houston, etc, etc. We sucked, no one went to games, we had giant black curtains. Let's get a quality coach and quit clamoring for a priest who also coaches college athletics.

I agree with a lot of your comment except for Marshall. That guy can coach. He is absolutely nothing like Peterson. I also disagree with Stevens. Good coach but a bad fit for a school like UT (not that it matters he will not go anywhere). By the time he left we would be down to 8,000 fans a game.

walt23tn writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Byrd's a great last option. He's not a proven recruiter, he's older, and maybe too safe. I know we're a little scared, but there are a lot of us who really enjoy the chance to compete for a title. I think he would be too conservative. Good coach, and safe, but I think if we're ready to stay successful there are better alternatives. If nobody wants this job, which I doubt even concerning our situation, then we'd settle for him. Let's not settle just yet though.

SEC1 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

But...wait, we were talking about your gatas, not my Vols. I repeat, why should we be excited for lil' Billie. Even Bruce got our Vols to the E-8.

Should be excited for the sec, even if we despise each other. Bruce might have gotten you to the elite 8 once but he also has shamed UT as well as the SEC with his actions. Believe it or not little Billie has a shot to win his 3rd NCAA championship while Pearl will be panhandling off Cumberland Ave. with a sign stating "will coach for food".

vet4ut writes:

in response to skyhawk836:

As to your Lawrence Frank concern, Rick Pitino and Larry Brown went back and forth and did well. But, there are so few pro coaches that I'm not sure the concern is a big one.
As to recruiting, Frank was here with O'Neil and they recruited Ron Slay's class and the classes around it. That group won a lot of games.
So, I don't know if he can do it, but he would have credibility with the players and would have a chance to hold this roster together. I think that would help them get through the storm.
Anyway, that's why I like him.

Hmmm...I'm gonna have to reject some of your points.

Rick Pitino? College = great. Pros = phooey. So, no, the system did not travel well.
Larry Brown? The only coach to have won both a NCAA and NBA championship. How does this relate to Frank?
Frank? An assistant coach a long time ago at UT. He then went to the pros and got the head coaching job after the Nets ownership didn't want to pay the coach they had fired and pay another expensive head coach. Again, he did well but that was a veteran club that ran itself. O'neil's teams did have talent but they weren't good (I was in the arena and saw it first hand). Had he stayed, we would have been good. As it was, 3 years with a 36-47 record. So, no to the "won a lot of games". Also, they never won a post season tourney game (lost his only NIT tourney game). How would he have credibility more than any of the other coaches? How would he hold the roster together better than the others?

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to vet4ut:

Lawrence Frank? Name me the last pro coach who came to the college ranks and did well. Also, he had no college experience to speak of before coaching the Nets. No connections...can he recruit? And he had a team of veterans in the pros. Not gonna have that with UT.

Byrd? Um, why do we want a 57 year old guy who's coached a small college to "local" success. Yes, Belmont whips up on crappy conference competition. Yes, they have been to the dance multiple times (see previous sentence). Yes, he's from Ktown and went to UT. So? This makes him a quality candidate, why?. Interesting that he's such an awesome candidate and ZERO other schools are pursuing him.

Marshall? Yawn. He's a safe pick (see Buzz Peterson). Wins some games. Never wins games he shouldn't. Goes to the NCAA or NIT and never wins those games. Would have thought he'd be on top of that conference after 4 years if he truly was a great coach on the rise.

Mooney. Maybe. But has a small sample size. Seems about as exciting as Marshall.

Shaka Smart. Fantastic energy. Players LOVE him. Excellent recruiter at 2 bigger schools (Florida and Clemson) and has done well at VCU. Well educated. Small sample size (2 years) but so was Anthony Grant's resume at VCU (3 years) before being a hot candidate at Bama. And seeing us play a 94 foot brand of bball again would be fantastic.

Buzz Williams. Excellent recruiter. Players seem to love him too. Plays a full court brand VERY similar to what Bruce ran at UW Milwaukee (all 5 players on the floor can defend, handle the ball and shoot).

Brad Stevens. Excellent coach. Excellent system. Excellent tournament results. Um, is he going to come to UT with very likely penalties hamstringing him and at least 5 (and up to 7) players leaving with only 1 recruit (Ware) committed to coming next year (we will see with Jones)? Maybe....but I doubt it. He seems comfy at Butler the same way coach K is at Duke, Calhoun is a UConn, etc.

Dixon/Wright. No fricking way.

Pitino. See above.

Grant. Seems like a cool customer. Never gets rattled and is almost regal in his demeanor. Can recruit. Not sure Bama would let him leave over money but that gym they play in is a dump. Think of the recruiting edge he would have with the Tommy Bowl and Pratt Pavilion...

I've seen about a million posts about integrity, honesty, etc. That's what we had with Don DeVoe, Buzz Peterson, Wade Houston, etc, etc. We sucked, no one went to games, we had giant black curtains. Let's get a quality coach and quit clamoring for a priest who also coaches college athletics.

Mostly agree, with a couple of comments.

Duke has a HU-U-U-U-UGE budget for b-ball, so they can match anyone's offer. UConn is similar, with the endorsement possibilities stemming from the support from ESPN and the NYC crowd. Stevens can't possibly get a similar financial package from Butler, so the comparison really doesn't work.

Mark Few is a much better analogy. Stevens just might be satisfied with what he has at Butler. We should still make a run at him, though.

walt23tn writes:

I'm hoping the reason we haven't heard anything yet is because it is a coach who is still alive. Stevens would be great, and I'd love to have Grant long term. Both of those guys would keep us on the path we really want to be on. I like football, but basketball is where I wish we would concentrate.

196SVol writes:

UF sure finishing strong.

vet4ut writes:

in response to Ironcity:

I agree with a lot of your comment except for Marshall. That guy can coach. He is absolutely nothing like Peterson. I also disagree with Stevens. Good coach but a bad fit for a school like UT (not that it matters he will not go anywhere). By the time he left we would be down to 8,000 fans a game.

Why do you say he can coach. He's got good regular season records at Wofford but never won a NCAA game with them. And he had to rebuild Wichita St but they still are only in the upper 1/3 of that league. It's competitive but by year 4, I would have thought he'd be competing for a conference title. Especially with that fan base. They are rabid and that arena is LOUD. I think his luster has worn off a little. He is at the top of our "second tier" of candidates in my opinion.

GerryOP writes:

in response to SEC1:

Should be excited for the sec, even if we despise each other. Bruce might have gotten you to the elite 8 once but he also has shamed UT as well as the SEC with his actions. Believe it or not little Billie has a shot to win his 3rd NCAA championship while Pearl will be panhandling off Cumberland Ave. with a sign stating "will coach for food".

And again, you divert your comments to my Vols when you started out by bragin' on your gatas. Stick to YOUR topic. I repeat, why should we be excited for lil' Billie? Even Bruce got our Vols to the E-8.

PS: If your so proud of your gatas, act like you've been there before. Winners win by winning, not by talking about it.

vet4ut writes:

in response to BigOrangeJeff:

Mostly agree, with a couple of comments.

Duke has a HU-U-U-U-UGE budget for b-ball, so they can match anyone's offer. UConn is similar, with the endorsement possibilities stemming from the support from ESPN and the NYC crowd. Stevens can't possibly get a similar financial package from Butler, so the comparison really doesn't work.

Mark Few is a much better analogy. Stevens just might be satisfied with what he has at Butler. We should still make a run at him, though.

My point was about a coach's comfort at their respective program. Not about money/resources.
Yes, Few would be a better example but still the same. He won't leave there either.
Sure, we can make a run. "Hey Brad, interested in coming to coach our team for 1.5-1.8 mill/year? We have the NCAA combing through our entire athletics program and our AD isn't likely to survive (or if he does, he will be neutered to a fund raiser and you'll be working for and answering the board of trustees). Oh yeah, our team is likely to lose 7 with our incoming recruits looking SHAKY. Our starting 5 is out the door.
When can we expect you to sign?

walt23tn writes:

in response to SEC1:

Should be excited for the sec, even if we despise each other. Bruce might have gotten you to the elite 8 once but he also has shamed UT as well as the SEC with his actions. Believe it or not little Billie has a shot to win his 3rd NCAA championship while Pearl will be panhandling off Cumberland Ave. with a sign stating "will coach for food".

Really? Florida has a chance at a title? Are you delusional? Have you even looked at the other teams in the tournament? Y'all beat a one man team tonight. Besides Richmond and VCU you're the weakest team left. 0% chance of winning the title....0%. You're on serious dope....serious dope. You guys should get to the Final Four, agreed, but you are crazy as h*** if you think your the best team in the country. I can't stop typing because it's so laughable. Say it again.....and keep meaning it. Really, it makes it funnier, say it again.

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