MBB Coaching Candidates

Submitted by rainingmaize on February 4th, 2017 at 10:10 PM

While I'm willing to go on the record and say that at least at one point, Beilein was a very very good coach, I'm now willing to move on. I also don't think Beilein is going to be fired at the end of the season. That being said, he is trending towards the hot seat and hopefully this thread can serve as an outlet for people who want Beilein gone to suggest an alternative.

Here are some candidate ideas::

Greg Marshall, Wichita State:
Tremendous record, 444-172 overall in his career, took Wichita to the Final Four. I'm going to guess he's a long shot, but he did show interest in Texas a few years ago, so might be willing to explore Michigan. 

Larry Krystkowiak, Utah:
Took over a complete trainwreck in Utah, and has built them into a solid team. No geographic connections however. 

Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's:
Surprised no one has hired him yet. Always has that program playing well, and if you like Australians, than he's a home run hire. Not the greatest geographical fit. 

Chris Mack, Xavier: 
Has had some success at Xavier while also has recruiting connections. Hasn't really been able to take that program to the next step however. 

Kevin Ollie, UConn:
Hired by our current AD, won a NC. However has been a bit hit or miss with his own players. 

Fred Hoiberg, Chicago Bulls:
On the NBA hot seat now, so might be available. Has familiarity with Big 10 country, did really well with Iowa State which included recruiting a former Mr. Michigan Basketball player. However his time with the Bulls hasn't been impressive and built Iowa State through transfers.

Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa:
His team always seems like they are an NCAA tourney pest, and I imagine it isn't easy to recruit players to Northern Iowa. Still kinda young.

Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee State
While his last two years have been good, he's been at MTSU forever and didn't start to have success untill now. Older guy at age 57. But on the other hand, f*** Michigan State. 

*EDIT* Archie Miller, Dayton: 
I don't know how I forgot about him. Has killed it at Dayton, and is young. 




LS And Play

February 4th, 2017 at 10:30 PM ^

Oh my, please not Kevin Ollie. I would add Buzz Williams from Virginia Tech. I think Michigan is a better job all day and he is still young. 

And I know in conference coaching changes are very unusual, but I would take Chris Collins in a heartbeat.

Oh, and my personal favorite choice: Billy Donovan is also going nowhere with Oklahoma City. Has won multiple national championships at a program with less basketball history than Michigan and is still young.  


February 4th, 2017 at 10:46 PM ^

Don't think Donovan is getting fired this year, and I wouldn't say pushing Golden State to the brink only to have Durant choke in games 6 and 7 as not going anywhere. They were not even in the playoffs the year before he took over. This year they lost a lot, but are doing alright. 


February 4th, 2017 at 11:08 PM ^

Sam Presti is a pretty patient GM and knows what he has (small market team). He's a very intelligent guy, and I doubt he will blame a 1st round exit on the coach after losing Durant. Sam knows it's on himself to get better top talent in OKC.

Killer Khakis

February 4th, 2017 at 10:35 PM ^

I would love Archie in Ann arbor, but I live in the Dayton area. UD basketball is loved and fun with Archie there. It's cool to have UD playing well with him there. I kinda want him to stay, but I'd take him everyday of the week. Plus Miller loves the area and signed a long term contract: he looks happy building up Dayton basketball and may not take the Michigan job right now.

Killer Khakis

February 4th, 2017 at 11:33 PM ^

One that isn't a rebuild. Let's face it: our offense is stagnant and bland and we're lazy and bad on defense. we need a rebuild. We can be a great program, but I don't see Miller taking us right now. He's got a good thing going and we're a sinking ship is what I'm saying.


February 5th, 2017 at 12:57 AM ^

defense lazy?...hmmm those all sound like things a good coach can correct, immediately! Those aren't talent issues. If you're a coach and looking at inheriting Wilson, Wagner, and Matthews and you can keep the incoming class together, you're getting a very talented team and you're only an elite guard away from having near final four talent. Our best two players are returning (assuming Wagner doesn't go back to Europe) and improving rapidly.  A great coach could very reasonably get this team to the sweet 16 in year one.

This is an attractive job.  High pay, state-of-the-art facilities, talent to work with.  You're not going to get the home crowds of a Kansas but you're also going to get a longer leash and have less pressure (if that's appealing, great coaches might want the pressure).


February 4th, 2017 at 10:20 PM ^

If this university wants to get serious about the trajectory of this program, I think Archie Miller would be a great candidate, along with Gregg Marshall as you mentioned. Main problem standing in the way of either a Marshall or Miller hiring is Beilein's buyout cost AND Archie or Gregg's buyout from their recent extensions. Those would be the two "homerun" coaches in my opinion.


February 4th, 2017 at 10:43 PM ^

Whine, moan, start lots of posts about replacements, start a bigger fire Belein campaign....you are wasting your time and suffering the dreams of raging sheep. He's going nowhere, and he will retire from this job. People like you ran off Johnny Orr and Bill Freider. The only person whose opinion counts is Manuels. I see no sign of any changes coming after this season in the basketball coaching.


February 5th, 2017 at 12:40 AM ^

He will be gone after next season at the latest and to say the only opinion that matters is Manuel's is pretty stupid. There are voices that matter quite a bit (donors, critical mass of fans, etc) out there and I think you're about to find that out in a big way. 

Ty Butterfield

February 4th, 2017 at 10:21 PM ^

The buyout makes me think nothing will happen this season. Lots of people thought David Brandon was doing a great job after a short time, so I am trying to reserve judgement. But man, Warde is not making this easy.


February 4th, 2017 at 10:23 PM ^

Juwan Howard. I have a feeling he'd be a great recruiter. He was a key recruiter of the other Fab Five members, he seems like a good/fun dude, and he's been on some great teams, players, and coaches. He also has a connection to Chicago, which is a recruiting goldmine.