Saturday, March 12, 2011

Georgia Tech Basketball Coaching Candidates: 5 Names To Consider

Who will the next coach at Georgia Tech be? With the firing of Paul Hewitt, here are five names the Yellow Jackets might consider for their job opening.

Scott Drew - Baylor
Rebuilt the Baylor program from nothing after the shooting death of Patrick Dennehy by a teammate. The NCAA didn't let the Bears play any non-conference games the following season and subjected the program to numerous other sanctions due to violations by former coach Dave Bliss.

With the way he rebuilt a program with less resources than Tech, Drew would be at the top of my list but a recent NCAA violation with his top player is reason for pause.

Chris Mack - Xavier
Xavier has their coach leave seemingly every other season (Thad Matta - Ohio State, Sean Miller - Arizona) but they continue to win and are a factor in March nearly every year.

Mack is an Xavier alum so he may be less likely to leave than the others.

Rick Byrd - Belmont
His Belmont team has won 4 of the last 6 Atlantic Sun championships. Over that six year span his program has never finished worse than second in their league. In 2008, his Belmont team came within two points of upsetting #2 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

However, Byrd will be 58 in a few weeks so his tenure at Tech could be short.

Reggie Theus - Asst Minnesota Timberwolves, former New Mexico State head coach
Theus turned around a NM State program who went 6-24 the season before his arrival. In his first season he led the aggies to a 10 win improvement and the following season they won the WAC Championship with a 25-9 record.

The former UNLV player has offers to move up in the college ranks but instead chose the NBA.

Cuonzo Martin - Missouri State
Martin played at Purdue under Gene Keady whose coaching tree includes current Boilermaker coach Matt Painter, Vandy coach Kevin Stallings, and St. Johns coach Steve Lavin. At only 39, you would think Martin would be looking to move up in the coaching ranks.

His Bears placed 10th in the Missouri Valley his first season, 7th in his second, and won the regular season title this year. The one failure on Martin's record is losing in the conference championship this season, but Missouri State still has a chance at an at-large bid.

A loooong shot on this one but worth a phone call the way his team finished last season and is heading this season....Jay Wright from Villanova.

Related:
Candidate Anthony Grant: Comparing Alabama vs Georgia Tech Programs (Mar 16)
New Candidates Emerge But Has A Decision Already Been Made? (Mar 21)

5 comments:

  1. Byrd would be a great hire even at 58, but I don't think he's leaving Belmont. GT wouldn't be the first team to give him a call.

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  2. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Steve Alford from University of New Mexico?

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  3. CBuzz,

    I wouldn't be worried about other schools calling. GT has a lot to sell with the new practice facility and new arena coming up. GT will be one of the top jobs open this year.

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  4. Steve Alford has done a good job getting New Mexico back competitive in the MWC, but his flame out at Iowa is concerning since that competition level is much closer to the ACC.

    He would be on my B or C list.

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  5. Georgia Tech has one of the best recruiting bases in the nation, plus the prestige of being in the ACC. There is no eason why Tech should settle for anything less than a top notch candidate. Here are some names to consider:
    1)Brad Steves of Butler. He's 34 years old and has Butler in the NCAA tournament almost every year. If he can do what he's done at Butler, imagine what he could do at Tech! I would put him at the top of the list.
    2)Mike Anderson of Missouri (it would be a latteral move for him, but I would argue that he could do more at Tech than at Missouri.)
    3)Larry Brown. He's old, but he wants to be back in college basketball. Won a national Championship at Kansas, and could certainly succeed in the ACC.
    4)Jay Wright of Villanova. Yes, it would probably be somewhat of a lateral move, but I think he would love to have Atlanta for a recruiting base. Why not at least try to see if he's interested?

    Georgia Tech needs to wake up and act like it wants to win. too much apathy and settling for less than geatness. You're only as good as your expectations. Cremins elevated us to national prominence, so we need to stop going backwards!

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