Goodman: IU offers job to Bennett

tbennett4456.jpgAccording to Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com, IU has offered its head coaching position to Washington State head coach Tony Bennett. Here are the details:

Indiana offered its men’s basketball coaching job to Tony Bennett one day after his Washington State team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament, a pair of sources told FOXSports.com.

The names that had surfaced were Bennett, Xavier’s Sean Miller, Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings. However, the Hoosiers’ administration wasted little time in making a play for Bennett — who may also draw interest from other jobs — including LSU and California.

I really don’t know what to make of this report. It would seem to me the “blue ribbon” committee would at least want to talk to some of the coaches still remaining in the tournament to gauge interest in the job. Perhaps they’ve already done that via representatives. Also, Goodman reported that IU had fired Kelvin Sampson about a month ago and that report turned out to be false.

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  • Kelin Blab

    Bold statement….If we hire Montgomory it will be hard for me to stay an IU fan. This is the team I grew up with but it is turning into one of the biggest jokes in college basketball………we go from Mike Davis….Kelvin Sampson….to Monty. I could name 15 coaches that I don't want but would take before Monty's name came up….
    1. Brad Brownell-he would be ok
    2. Dan Dakich
    3. Ray McCallum
    4. Pat Knight
    5. Todd Licklighter
    6. Randy Whitman
    7. Keith Smart
    8. Chris Collins
    9. Dan Fife
    10. Kevin Stallings-slightly ok
    11. Buzz Peterson
    12. Jack Keefer (lawrence north)
    13. Barry Collier
    14. Mike Davis
    15. Monty

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    IU has talked to Bennett. As far as what he told Katz, do you really expect him to say he's talked to IU?

  • easy

    Any truth to the “he's not interested” reports? Is there a real possibility that he turns us down? I'd be so embarrassed.

  • BrianK

    Yeah I don't believe that he hasn't had any kind of conversation. Nowadays alot of things are done behind the scenes. He's just using the standard playbook on the right pc thing to say so he doesn't piss anyone off at WSU.

  • BrianK

    Hey you forgot Greg Graham lol.

  • jimbo48

    Thanks for the entertaining post. I hope your list was just for laughs. There are only two guys on that list that would even be in my top 25. As far as the coaching search, I think people are reading to much into the whole Bennett waiting 24 hours. Think about it, don't most of us think 24 hours before we change jobs? Let alone a job when you are moving across the country and possibly facing scations. My guess is he is calling people to find out what kind of mess he would be in if he went there, and who could blam the guy for that. If he does accept I think we have the guy who can bring IU basketball back to glory. GO IU! GO TONY BENNETT!!

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    I'll be weighing in here shortly.

  • Kelin Blab

    Definity my list was entertainment purposes only…..hopefully….

    wow would we be pissed if Dane Fife was announced as the head coach on Monday for about $35k….

  • BTOWN40

    Dane makes $70k + @ IPFW…..I doubt he would come to IU for a paycut

  • BrianK

    Wow you can;t tell teh NCAA and CBS love UNC playing at home till the final four can ya

  • JerryCT

    Thanks for the run down

  • http://disqus.com CBinOR

    our hoosiers are the 3rd most popular team in the nation….not bad.
    http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/

  • JerryCT

    Thanks for the run down

  • http://disqus.com CBinOR

    our hoosiers are the 3rd most popular team in the nation….not bad.
    http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/

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