ITH Super Happy Fun Time Coaching Search: Mike Montgomery

  • 03/31/2008 10:45 am in

montgomery.jpgKelvin is out the door and Dan is not our man, so that can only mean one thing: It’s coaching search time! Here’s a look at the candidates that could land in Bloomington. We’ll give you the pros, the cons and the bottom line. This morning: Mike Montgomery.

Pros: Montgomery spent 26 years as a head coach in college before leaving Stanford in 2004 for the Golden State Warriors. He lasted two seasons before being fired in August of 2006. Montgomery’s career record in the college ranks is 547-244 and in 1998, he led the Cardinal to their first Final Four in 56 years. He is one of just six coaches to receive the John Wooden “Legends of Coaching” Lifetime Achievement Award joining Denny Crum, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams, Dean Smith and Lute Olsen. While in Golden State, he had former IU standout Keith Smart on his staff and it would be interesting to see if he’d bring Smart along if he lands in Bloomington.

Cons: At 61, there are serious concerns about how long of a tenure Montgomery would be able to have at IU. His age could pose a problem in recruiting as competing schools could use it against him to cast doubt on how much longer he’ll be around. He’s also a west coast guy as he’s spent his entire head coaching career in Montana and California.

Bottom line: Montgomery would have been a good hire about 10 years ago and could be a steal for a lower tier program looking to drum up some interest. His age will clearly work against him and rightfully so: IU needs a coach to build the program and sustain it. Hiring a 61-year old would be a short term fix to a situation that clearly requires a long term solution. Steer clear of Monty.

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  • tberry

    We are not to the point of panic yet BUT if the next coach IU tries for tuns us down, it will be time for trembling.

    I think the IU reputation, coaching carrousel, pressure to right all our basketball wrongs was just to intimidating for Bennett. If that is true the best thing that could happen was his turn down.

    We need a coach who believes enough in himself to know he can take IU to better things. Who is not afraid to match his abilities with the history of IU and add to it.

    This will be a very interesting few days. It may well be that our next coach will be a lot like Sampson. He may be a well established coach with a good record whose name will make us fans say “who.”

    I just hope the next coach is as good a coach as Sampson, without the propensity for cheating.

  • BGleas

    Thanks Jerry…Appreciate it.

    I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but what I like about Dixon or Wright (recruiting wise) is that they have ties to NYC and the east coast. I don't buy the “must have Indiana or Big Ten recruiting ties” argument. I'd rather have someone with ties outside the area.

    Whoever the Indiana coach is, is going to be able to recruit the state and mid-west. Hell it's Indiana. But, if that coach also has ties in NYC, Philly, DC/Baltimore then we are in real good shape.

    I have to admit it was painful watching the Kansas game yesterday. If I remember correctly both Bradon Rush and Darrell Arthur chose between Kansas and IU, plus Sherron Collins is from Chicago. All I could think all game long is “what could have been”.

    Sorry for the long post, but we really need a recruiting closer with this hire…I thought that was going to be Bennett.

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  • HoosierInTheVille

    Billy Clyde? The Kentucky coach coming to Indiana? That just sounds ugly, not to mention, living in Louisville, all I hear about is all the stuff Gillispie “supposedly” gets himself in to. For instance, I've heard multiple accounts of being pulled over driving under the influence, not to mention some garbage about hookers. I know these are just rumors, but rumors usually have some basis of truth. He is a great coach, but the fact that he is the Kentucky coach, crippled with the rumors, is too much to consider.

  • Raymond219

    Our athletic department is inept and has been for quite some time. Last week, one of my professors who served on the athletic committee for over 20 years until the very late 90s took a whole class period to explain to us how poorly run the department is.

    He also is an indianapolis attorney and has worked with “Blue Ribbon” committee head Harry Gonso and explained him as someone who “doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground”. Scary, isn't it?

  • jgongora86

    Well you don't know until you try, and nobody is even giving him a chance. What do we do, not try and reach someone because we are afraid to be rejected. I got used to rejection in high school. We have to try.