Around the Hall: The coaching search rolls along

  • 03/23/2017 8:33 am in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News lays out the criteria he believes should be most important in Indiana’s coaching search:

In the summer of 2000, North Carolina found itself in the market for a new basketball coach upon the sudden retirement of Bill Guthridge. When Roy Williams declined because he was not ready to leave Kansas, the search became frantic because there was no other Carolina alum who appeared to be ideally suited to the job and the Tar Heel hierarchy prioritized “keeping it in the family.” The administration settled on Matt Doherty, who had spent one season as head coach at Notre Dame.

He was not the best coach Carolina could have landed. They could have had just about anyone they wanted. UNC fired Doherty three years later.

There is a lesson in this for the Indiana Hoosiers.

Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes that IU should hire the best coach available, regardless of alma mater:

John Wooden won 10 NCAA titles at UCLA. He grew up a three-point shot from Bloomington (in Martinsville) before starring at Purdue.

Mike Krzyzewskl is a Chicago kid who has taken the basketball knowledge he learned at West Point to rule the college game the last three decades at Duke.

Dean Smith went from Kansas to North Carolina. Rick Pitino played at UMass before coaching at Kentucky and Louisville. John Calipari from Clarion State to his three college stops.

Heard enough?

Zach Osterman of The Indianapolis Stars examines the pros and cons of potential coaching candidates, including Steve Alford:

Pros: He’s Steve Alford, for starters. Indiana might not have had a more beloved player, during his playing career, than the New Castle native. He has more than two decades worth of coaching experience, turned UCLA into a Final Four contender this year, has multiple conference tournament titles (something IU has never won) on his resume and snuck Kris Wilkes out of the state. The Bruins are an elite offensive team and, should they beat Kentucky this weekend, they’ll be favorites for a Final Four berth.

Cons: Sections of IU’s fan base seem to have soured quickly on the Alford connections that have surfaced since Crean’s firing. There’s the fact that he left Iowa after eight years with a losing Big Ten record. The Pierre Pierce saga understandably looms over him. He’s never won a regular-season Power Five conference title, or advanced past the Sweet 16 (something that could soon change). To put it more plainly: Alford has been a head coach for 26 years. If he was meant to be Indiana’s coach, why is it only happening now?

Indiana donor Bart Kaufman spoke to The Indiana Daily Student about the decision to move on from Tom Crean:

“But clearly from the standpoint of being enough time, I think nine years was a fair test,” Kaufman said. “I think the biggest concern that I had was — as any other fans — was the inconsistencies in his program where he was not able to maintain sustained ?excellence.”

He said he was disappointed that none of the top recruits from the state of Indiana chose to sign with IU. Most notably in the 2017 class, Crean lost out on top talents Kris Wilkes and Paul Scruggs, both of whom grew up in Indiana but will leave the state to play college ball at UCLA and Xavier, respectively. Kaufman characterized the program as being on a downslope compared to other schools.

“Clearly, when they lose like they did this year — yeah, I’m disappointed,” Kaufman said. “My concern was the kids didn’t seem to get any better, and he didn’t have kids coming in.”

Terry Hutchens of CHNI writes that, one week into the coaching search, nobody really knows what’s going to happen:

Steve Alford. Tony Bennett. Billy Donovan. Archie Miller. Dane Fife.

The list goes on and on.

And the only thing we really know in the seven days since Tom Crean was fired as the Indiana University basketball coach is that nobody really knows.

People can say that they know, but they don’t. There is a small inner circle here that has a good idea, and I can tell you for certain that they aren’t out there blabbing to the cleaning lady or the grocery clerk or all of the other people that claim to have inside information regarding the Indiana basketball search.

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  • Bankshot

    you failed to mention creans 9 years as assistant coach to fit your narrative. Alford went straight to head coach. He is also a two time all american, national champion and gold medal winner.

  • Bankshot

    its ok for you to call me a petulant child after i apologized? you are so dumb you do not know the definition of a threat. Cry to Alex some more. I could care less.Only a real loser cries to a moderator.

  • Jim Miller

    His straight to head coaching gig was at Manchester College which is a glorified HS. I should know, I was a student there when Alford arrived before I transferred to Btown to finish up. Granted he did pretty well there, But it was hardly top tier competition. I am not saying he can’t coach a lick, i am saying he is a lateral move compared to Crean and add the rape baggage to that I would pass.

  • Bankshot

    I am not a warrior. I have not served in any war. With that said, I did build Laser range finders for the U.S. military at Hughes Aircraft in L.A. I also received a security clearance from the government. I will never back down from anything or anyone, especially the likes of you.

  • Bankshot

    They played to the level of their competition and won! He is not a lateral move! his basketball acumen dwarfs clappys! Can you respond to the rest of my comment or just cherry pick to fit your losing narrative?

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    hahaha!! Wrong on all counts. Lay off the tough guy act and talk some hoops. People will respect you more.

  • Bankshot

    you calling me a troll started it. I have no acts! I don’t give a dam about respect from the ITH sheeple. It all started with me criticizing crean and defending Alford.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    The way you respond to people – calling them names, acting like some amazing tough guy, suggesting they wouldn’t say things to you if they were in person, attacking anyone with whom you disagree, etc – those are trollish behaviors. There are plenty of people around here who didn’t like Crean at all, and who want Alford as the next coach. Plenty of people disagree with them, but you don’t see people acting like you but one or two others.

    You say you don’t care, and I believe you. But don’t act all hurt when anyone responds in kind.

  • Bankshot

    I try not to be the first to call names but I will respond with full force when others attack me. You called me a troll or have you forgotten. Who made you the ITH judge??? In November of 2015 I said crean was a mediocre coach and that he would never get I.U. to the final four. You attacked me as well as the majority of ITH posters. Well it’s march 2017 and I was right. I admitted to idaho I was incorrect and miller called me a petulant child. That would never happen to my face!!! You sir would NEVER call me a troll to my face. FACT! Alford has made mistakes but the same people who attack an Indiana legend turn a blind eye to the Drunken car accident that was a felony because they can’t handle any crean crticism! I will continue to speak out wether you or anyone else does not like it. I don’t use google or kenpom or any other artificial info. I only use my personal knowledge and I will put that up against anyone on this site!

  • Bankshot

    read your own words!

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    For the record, I was all over Crean for how he handled some of those situations, especially HMP. I don’t change my stripes to support my argument. How can you throw Crean under the bus for a few incidents (where he eventually dismissed players), yet say that Alford only “made mistakes” with how he handled a sexual assault situation in his program?!?

    But unsurprisingly, there you go again with your tough guy act. It is beyond old. I gave you a shot. You didn’t take it. I think it’s time to bust out the block feature.

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    I did. I stand by them.

  • Bankshot

    block that is your mentality. i

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    What does that even mean, Bank? I just don’t have time to waste “arguing” with people who act like you do.

  • Bankshot

    and you would never call me a name to my face! You do realize that vehicular assault under the influence of alcohol is a felony just like rape! Forgive those who have sinned against you as you would want others to forgive your sins!

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Oh, someone please help me!! Bank is trying to intimidate me through the computer.

    And man…I don’t think you read much, because I just said I gave Crean the business for his handling of those situations. Why are you willing to look past Alford’s mistakes, but not Crean’s?

  • Bankshot

    Let’s agree to disagree
    PEACE

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    That’s something that I can agree with you on. Have a good weekend, Bank.