The next head coach for the Michigan men's basketball program is going to be Bacari Alexander, via whatever small-time head coaching job he gets in the next season or two.
Tubby Smith Fired
Or unless Bacari is tearing it up at a new job, I don't really see that as a way Brandon would go. At that point the program is probably humming and attractive to whoever the "new hotness" Stevens-Smart of tomorrow is. It'd be nice, but other than football, sorta, which sells itself, he hasn't really hired that way.
I think we'll find out sooner what way Brandon is thinking when he has to replace Red; that might give us some insight.
This is surprising news. I thought Minnesota had a pretty good year playing a tough schedule. I saw them as a B1G team on the rise.
According to The Ticket, Shaka Smart and Flip Saunders are in the running to replace Tubby.
in the Big Ten. This seems unfair for a lot of reasons but in todays times everyone thinks they should be winning like Duke and Kansas.
I'm just a fan of Smith. Is MN a fountain of talent? What am I missing? I guess Smart, should he come, will fill seats for a while. . .
MN does an awful job of firing and hiring coaches. I don't think MN put Tubby in a position to grow with their facilities. And the Jerry Kill hire for FB. There is just so much wrong with that hire.
List of some of the in-state talent that has escaped Tubby since he took over:
2008: Jared Berggren (Wisc); Jordan Taylor (Wisc)
2009: Mike Bruesewitz (Wisc); Trent Lockett (Arizona St.). Also Royce White ('09 Mr. Basketball) committed to Minnesota then transferred to Iowa St before ever playing for the Gophers. *Other lightly recruited players in this class include Ethan Wragge (Creighton) and Mike Muscala (Bucknell).
2010: Kevin Noreen (West Virginia, '10 Mr. Basketball)
2011: Shelby Moats (Vanderbilt); Ross Travis (Penn St.). Other than current Gopher Joe Coleman, there was nobody really of note that year.
2012: Mr. Basketball Siyani Chambers (Harvard) was only a 3* according to Scout. His other offers were CMU and Nebraska.
2013: Similar to 2012. 3* Riley Dearring is going to Wisconsin but his other offers were Drake, Illinois St. and Northeastern.
2014: Five-stars Tyus Jones and Rashad Vaughn are two of the top players in the country with offers from all the traditional powers.
Aside from a few players, Tubby really hasnt missed out on much talent because, well, there wasnt much talent to begin with, particularly 2010-2013.
I don't actually have any objective evidence for what I'm about to say, it's just an eyeball test, but I had a chance to watch a lot of Minnesota high school basketball a couple of winters ago and the general caliber of play was pretty poor by B1G footprint standards. I doubt there was a team in the state that would have been top 20 in Illinois. I'd been living in Chicago for a long time, and before and after that Cincinnati/Dayton, and MSP basketball was hard to watch.
I'm guessing it's because basketball is very much secondary to hockey as a winter sport at most Minnesota high schools. Games aren't well attended, there isn't much buzz around the sport, good athletes are being siphoned off at a young age to play something else.
Honestly it seems like it's about time. Face it, Tubby is a decent coach. Not good, decent. He had the nickname ''ten loss Tubby'' for a reason. I feel like if Minnesota could get the right coach they could become a program like Michigan.
We are a pretty schizophrenic community. We've been mocking this guy all season for being clueless on the sidelines, and then when the Minn AD comes to the same conclusion and fires him, we think it's a bad move?
I don't know who is the answer for Minnesota, but Smith was not the guy. He was basically their Amaker, only he managed to sneak into the tourney a couple times despite never posting a winning conference record.
Exactly. Does it really matter if you can beat msu and wisconsin one week but then turn around and lose to nebraska and northwestern? A shitty conference record is a shitty conference record.
I guess I'm not too shocked but I wonder if Minnesota would have the pull to lure away a up and coming coach that would make it worth it.
On paper Minnesota seemed talented, which is why a lot of people peged them as a sleeper in the big ten this year. But if you look deeper Mbakwe wasn't as productive as he was pre injury and couldn't play more than 20 minutes a game and they didn't have a true PG. Add to that Williams getting hurt off and on and they went on a skid in conference.
I was actually impressed with how they played in the tourney though. They crushed UCLA then ran into a Florida team that was making everything they threw up and getting rediculous help from the officials. They played at a high level, hung in there and kept making runs and cut it down to 6 or 8 points before Andre Hollins then Mbakwe both had to sit with 4 fouls.
to use your piles of BTN cash to actually make a step-change improvement. Go hire Shaka or Gonzaga's coach or especially FGCU's coach. Florida Gulf Coast is not going to hold onto him for long and you have lots of $$$$
Because hiring Gonzaga's coach worked out so well for them last time.
I'll admit I didn't know they'd done that before
Just go hire Shaka so you (Minnesota) can be better and we can continue to make you look foolish whenever we play
14 years ago, coming off of a huge scandal...
Honestly, this was shocking to me. Is Minnesota still chasing that 97 dragon? If they consistently make the tourney more than they miss it, and are at least competitive in conference play, shouldn't that be a home run for them? I really feel like this was a mistake. Tubby regularly brought in legitimate talent and was a solid coach.
Given the strenght this year in the B1G, Minnesota's record is nothing to be ashamed of. And while Shaka is a hot name, and rightly so, I'm not so sure he will fare any better than Tubby did. Sure he'll be able to recruit better athletes, but will they be able to compete with the big boys in the league?
I see why it's a good idea if they have a smart move in mind. Obvious point is obvious. Remember though, UConn has only been good in the last 20 years or so, Duke was largely built by Coach K, Syracuse is tied to Boeheim, etc. Basically, they aren't a bad basketball school now, and given the right move, they could step it up. Obviously, they won the tournament game this year, but then the argument is that they should have played to a better record overall, and gotten a better seed and better matchups.
This is an example of an athletic dept saying "heres what we got, win with it"
Successful programs say "heres what we got, what do we need to be successful?"
tubby brought with him a ncaa tournament championship on his resume. to fire him without a a clear replacement in mind- poor move by AD.
minny has a fair program and should be as good as wisconsin but not consistently elite.
are the facilities, the university, community and state support consistent with winning at a high level?
michigan has ascended and has clear support of the coach, AD, elite facilities, university community and the state. the governour sitting courtside and getting kicked in the face by mcgary is not a coincidence.
Sad that he lost his job, but Minny obviously feels it should be better than the 5th or 6th-best team in the B1G. I don't know if they'll get a better recruiter than Tubby, but at the same time all of the talent he's brought in really hasn't amounted to much. He's never got beyond the second round of the tourney since he's been there, and at some point you have to wonder how much he has left in his tank. I know he won a title in 1997, but considering what he inherited from Pitino and how his last couple of Kentucky teams under-performed, it isn't like they are ditching Wooden here. The next hire is obviously essential to keeping the momentum going, even if it wasn't particularly inspiring.