Report: Bennie Seltzer to be hired as coach at Samford

  • 04/04/2012 1:49 pm in

Update: Samford confirmed the hiring.

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Indiana assistant coach Bennie Seltzer is expected to be hired for the coaching vacancy at Samford.

Here’s the scoop, per Goodman:

Samford will hire Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer, barring a last-second collapse in negotiations, sources told CBSSports.com.

Seltzer, 39, has spent the past four seasons in Bloomington after he followed Tom Crean from Marquette. He spent two years with the Golden Eagles and was also an assistant at Oklahoma under Kelvin Sampson.

Seltzer is an Alabama native who played at Washington State.

This move, if it indeed pans out, could shift Calbert Cheaney from the Director of Basketball Operations position into Seltzer’s vacated assistant post.

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  • Mr_Howard8h

    Calbert Cheaney, come on down.

  • Mr_Howard8h

    Calbert Cheaney, come on down.

  • Casey B.

    Win-win. Seltzer becomes a head coach, and our players get to be coached by the all-time leading Big Ten scorer.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Good luck Bennie, thanks for your help in getting this program turned around. 

    I am very glad Calbert will now be able to work with players in practice.  I imagine he can be a huge help to any of our guys.  Any other former IU players who might be interested in the Director of Basketball Operations?

  • tetkalee

    very happy for Coach Seltzer and look forward to seeing him succeed (as I know he will) but ecstatic that my all time favorite IU player will likely become an Assistant Coach for the Hoosiers!!  GREAT news!

  • HoosiersBB

    And Damon Bailey, come on up (from Bedford)!!

  • Greg

    Think this will impact Watford’s decision?

  • Greg

    Think this will impact Watford’s decision?

  • iufan4life10

    Congrats coach Seltzer!  Wish you all the best in the move and hope you succeed at Samford.  You were another major contributor to turning things around in Btown.

  • IULaw79

    Best of luck Bennie.  Thanks for your help in the rebuilding of our program.

  • 323SGrant

    Bennie worked hard for IU Men’s basketball and truly is a good guy. Best wishes to him.

  • MillaRed

    Was only a matter of time. Great recruiter. Deserves a lot of credit for this season.

    Good luck Coach.

  • iujunebug

    Wonderful news for Bennie and I knew we couldn’t keep him forever (doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to though).  Congrats to him and his family and as long as IU isn’t playing them, Go Samford.

  • Pal9181

    I know I may be a bit biased, but I’d put our assistants up against any in the country.  McClain, Buckley, and Seltzer bring/brought a LOT of experience to the bench, not to mention Crean’s been around them for several years and trusts in them.  From a fan’s perspective, it seemed like Crean really leans on them to do the scouting reports, help develop a game plan, and really teach these kids.  I’m sure teaching will come easy to Calbert, but will developing scounting reports and game planning come just as easy?  I’m not sure as I’m not a coach.  Granted losing Bennie likely won’t hurt in the W/L column, but it will be a shake up in the team’s chemistry. I guess we’re about to see if the shake up with be a good or bad thing.  Then again, it will be tough to quantify how much of a shake up on the bench is attributed to the team’s performance.  Thanks Coach Seltzer – you were here during the toughest of times and rocked the capri candy stripes with pride while out recruiting! 

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Thanks for the hard work Coach , Best of luck !

  • plane1972

    All the best, Coach Seltzer.

  • plane1972

    All the best, Coach Seltzer.

  • Casey B.

    This happens all of the time with assistants on successful teams. We’ll be just fine. When assistants from your program start becoming head coaches elsewhere, it attracts other top flight assistant candidates. Crean knows what needs will need to be filled in Seltzer’s absence.

  • 888

    Calbert is a RMK decipal and those guys know hoops. This is great news in my opinion. Look at how many former players are coaches at all levels of basketball. This should be really good news to our wings and guards. I think Calbert can teach them all sorts of things. He can help Vic with playing under control cause calbert was silky smooth.

  • Tbird086

    Coach Seltzer, thanks for all that you have done these past four years. Meant alot and just want to say thanks. You have done well here and good luck to you and your family. Know that you will always be a HOO HOO HOOSIER. I hope we could meet up and play you guys sometime down the road? Well good luck to you and thanks for everything you did here. Hoosiernation thanks you and will miss you..We all know it is good and you will do well Coach…

  • SCHoosier

    Another indication of how the college b-ball crowd respects the turnaround that these coaches orchestrated. If Bennie wants it..good for him. Would hate to lose another coach this year..but probably possible..Calbert would be a great replacement.

  • SCHoosier

    Another indication of how the college b-ball crowd respects the turnaround that these coaches orchestrated. If Bennie wants it..good for him. Would hate to lose another coach this year..but probably possible..Calbert would be a great replacement.

  • Scott W.

    Congrats to Bennie, love to see Calbert work with the players

  • Scott W.

    Congrats to Bennie, love to see Calbert work with the players

  • Dagwoods

    Hate to see Bennie go as he was a great customer.  Well deserved… good luck!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Gotta agree, it’d be tough losing McClain to SMU in the same year. Hoping for the best for him though. Any ideas on who fills the director of basketball operations role?

  • IUeconAlum

    Glad for him. He did a great job while at IU.Now Calbert! Calbert! Calbert! Also, how about bringing on Quinn Buckner or Mike Woodson on as director of bball operations 🙂

  • IUeconAlum

    Glad for him. He did a great job while at IU.Now Calbert! Calbert! Calbert! Also, how about bringing on Quinn Buckner or Mike Woodson on as director of bball operations 🙂

  • cooper

    I don’t get coaches who take these crap jobs just to be a head coach. Doesnt matter how well he recruits he has very little chance to be very successful. It would seem smarter to stay for a better opportunity.

    With that said good luck to him.

  • trailrunner

    I think Cheaney could transform Watford.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Pshhtt Mike Woodson wouldn’t come as a primary assistant even, although it’d be very cool… Buckner might do it, but I kind of doubt it. He’s already pretty high up. What is Alan Henderson doing now? He seems like he’d be a good hire for the director of basketball operations job.

  • JackKutter

    Bring in our man A.J. Guyton to fill a role!
     

  • Kokomo_Joe

    I was thinking the same, but we never know what goes on behind closed doors.  Maybe Seltzer was to be the man or perhaps CTC really wants CC as one of his assts.

    I have no issues with Seltzer or McClain leaving.  That just opens the door for the greatest Big Ten scorer and the pesky and persistent Dane Fife.

  • Kokomo_Joe

    Dane Fife could be mixed into the shuffle.  He is an Asst at MSU right now.

  • I have to think Fife is refining his craft w/Izzo to take over an upper level mid-major or low BCS job.   I could see Fife somewhere like Butler is Brad Stevens were to bolt for another job.

  • marcusgresham

    Tijan!

  • marcusgresham

    Samford has had success good teams in the past and if you look at the SoCon, they’re in the lighter North division (I’d rather play UNC-Greensboro, Elon, Western Carolina, App St., and Chattanooga most years over Davidson, Wofford, and Charleston, who are all in the South division.

  • SeattleHoosier

    Isiah anyone?