Harry Gonso pegged to lead coaching search

  • 03/17/2008 4:50 pm in

gonso.gifAccording to a press release from IU, Harry Gonso is the choice to lead the search for a new head coach to lead the basketball program. (Sorry Coach Dakich, it was nice knowing you.) Here is an except for that release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today that he has appointed a 10-member, blue-ribbon committee of faculty, alumni and Athletic Department representatives to begin a nationwide search for a new men’s basketball coach. The panel will be chaired by Harry Gonso, an Indianapolis attorney and former IU trustee who led the Hoosiers as quarterback of the 1968 Rose Bowl team. An Academic All American and All Big-Ten football player, Gonso earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from IU in 1970 and a law degree with honors from the IU School of Law-Bloomington in 1973.

Gonso indicated that the search committee and its members would not be publicly commenting on the progress of the search process until a decision is announced.

Also named to the committee were: Rick Greenspan, athletics director; Ken Beckley, former president of the IU Alumni Association; Grace Calhoun, associate athletics director for compliance and academic services and senior woman administrator; Bruce Jaffee, professor of business economics and public policy and faculty representative on the Athletics Committee; Wayne Radford, former IU basketball player and most valuable player of the 1978 Hoosiers; Jennifer Sinclair, president and chairwoman of the IU Varsity Club National Board of Directors; Bill Stephan, IU vice president for engagement; James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School, professor of business administration and chair of the University Athletics Committee; Jerry Yeagley, former IU head men’s soccer coach and member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Hall of Fame

A couple of quick observations here: I really know nothing about Gonso, so I’m not at liberty to say if he’s the man to lead the search. Surely he can’t be any worse than our man Rick Greenspan, right? Second, the early buzz on the street is that two of everybody’s favorite candidates, Sean Miller of Xavier and Tony Bennett of Washington State, might not be as interested in IU as many had anticipated. With that said, I find it hard to believe that either man would turn down the job if it was offered and the money was right. Third, the quote in the press release towards the end by Gonso seems to fall in line with the sentiment that IU will move to hire a coach before the Final Four assuming the targeted candidate’s team is eliminated from post season play.

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  • deedubbadoo

    Yeah that is understandable I guess but it just seems like bad timing. Of course this whole thing from the get go has been bad timing, so maybe the kids are getting used to it. I just hope this doesn't affect them anymore going into the tournament. They are going to have to be focused and ready for a very game Arkansas team and it doesn't get any easier after that.

  • xxZPxx

    Yeah, Tom you got owned because that was a funny comment. You are also taking a way too personal side with your comments and just trying to badger everyone else which is just ignorant. Your points just aren't very good and its unclear what you are trying to get across. And making fun of grammar on a blog as a comeback is brilliant.

  • Bay Area Hoosier

    In 1980, Krzyzewski took over as the head coach at Duke University after having accumulated a 73-59 win-loss record in five seasons at Army.

    I forgot everyone needs experience at a major school before success comes calling. get a clue.

  • Tom

    the wife thing was funny? are you guys 12 years old?

    no big name coaches want to come here. if they did, why was mike davis our coach? when unc had an opening they didn't have any trouble getting a big name coach, did they?

  • Tom

    i see, i'm ignorant yet you're applauding a wife joke. how old are you?

    raving about getting sampson is ridiculous. he was on his way out after doing the same thing at ou that he did here. i guess the next school that gets him is lucky, too? dumb.

  • Brett

    The wife thing was borderline hilarious. as was your attempt of rebuttal. Big name coaches want to come here.. your point about mike davis has no legs. Mike Davis was hired due to his relationship with the players/staff and his short term success as a interim head coach.

    ZP is correct, you sir are wrong.

  • Tom

    you're wrong, and you're 12 years old.

    if you'll recall we tried to get other coaches to come here and they said no.

    so tell me, then, genius. what big name coaches are dying to come here?

  • xxZPxx

    At the time, the KS hiring was intriguing. Not too many people knew about the severity of his allegations at Oklahoma and had he not made the same mistake our program was heading in a great direction. I was at midnight madness this year and we had a #9 ranking, 5 5-star recruits in attendance and the #2 recruit in the nation in an Indiana uniform making Adam Ahlfield and others look like 4th graders. The program was a year away from being a perennial powerhouse. That was my point as far as the KS hiring. But as we know it didn't work out too well from there. But big name coach fitting in and building a winner in 1.5 years. My new point is that we should sit back and let this committee do there job. I think we will be surprised at the quality coach that they will hire. I do not know who that will be and refuse to predict but I do know this committee will do a good job with their task at hand. Quote me there and try to think of a lame comeback when we hire someone you dont agree with in 3 weeks because its people like you that never are saitisfied and only see things in black or white.

  • Tom

    i hope i am surprised by the signing as i want the school to return to it's glory days.

    and enough with saying i have lame comebacks when i'm not even trying to “comeback” and you're still laughing at the equivalent of a mom joke cicra 1976.

  • xxZPxx

    Come on it was kind of funny….

  • Brett

    Well put ZP. Cmon Tommy Boy lighten up a little. All in good fun.

  • Brett

    Ok you got me there. For every Coach K or Bob Knight story there are thousands upon thousands of stories stating the opposite. WatchMorBasketball.

  • Dirk

    The school has to move forward on getting a replacement ASAP. Every potential candidate will be at the Final Four, so IU must have their ducks in a row by then. Two weeks should be enough time for the committee to get organized. The school can't keep this secret because the media can file an open records request (which is what kept the school from sitting on the NCAA charges). If it hurts the current team, well no more damage can be done at this point.

  • Ben

    Tom do you think that Bob Knight would of become the winningest D1 coach at Army? Try not batch. Indiana hadn't won much during the 60's……and Indiana was still considered elite in the 70's when Bobby took the job. Produced may of been the wrong term…..maybe I should of said an ELITE program like INDIANA help Bob Knight flourish into the winningest coach ever…..I mean even at Tech he wasn't as consistant. I wasn't “raving” about KS either. I was merely pointing out that he had us back in business in two years as a major contender. Until he left the hoosiers were doing great…..or at least much better than past years.

    Oh and the Mike Davis thing….I'm sure you weren't runnin' your cock sucker when we were in the NCAA championship game. The players wanted him and when they got him they went to the finals and won a share of the Big Ten……maybe thats something that elite teams don't do.

  • Ben

    oh yea and you did get owned….so if you don't think IU is elite…get off here and go lick duke's chode….or something

  • tom

    seriously…grow up.

  • Ben

    seriously…..duke's chode

  • backhomeagain

    The one thing to remember about Gonso is that he chaired the IU presidential search committee that recommended the hiring of Myles Brand.

  • backhomeagain

    The one thing to remember about Gonso is that he chaired the IU presidential search committee that recommended the hiring of Myles Brand.