Only seven coaches of top-50 programs have voluntarily changed jobs in the past four years, and every one of them was either running from a person, from a situation, to home or to Westwood. There are no exceptions, which means ADs are almost certainly wasting their time each time they pursue a comfortable and well-compensated coach from a top-50 program unless said AD happens to work at North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida, UCLA or a similar elite program with inherent advantages. And, it should be noted, even UK and UCLA have been turned down in recent years.
So remember that going forward, please.
Now that Missouri is open, that may be a better job than UTK. . . . And guys with all due respect, Knoxville is not that great of a place to live either, downtown dirty, more agri-culture than culture, not that big a step up from Wichita. Population 635,000 in Witchita metro vs. 825,000 Knoxville meto. . . .neither place is that great in terms of being considered a great place to live by national standards. . . .. And Jay, Anthony Grant was one of those "Flavor of the Month" type coaches that havent worked out, be careful of the Archie Miller-type guy
Back to the UTK basketball coach search : Some problems with the so called "top targets" 1) Gregg Marshall- he is known to be a complete A@#hole 2) Mike White, La Tech- zero NCAA tourney sucess, dont know why all the fuss, just becaues his Dad is the Duke AD. 3) Richard Pitino, last time UTK hired a son-of-a-famous coach they got DOOLEY 4) Donnie Tyndall looks and talks like a TV preacher with bad hair 5 ) Tad Boyle already makes more than Conz made, really no reason for him to make a lateral or some might consider a downward move from Colorado 6 ) Ben Howland, wonder why so many schools have passed on him, read SI article a year ago and you can see all the baggage he brings 7 ) Mick Cronin plenty of whispers about character and did you watch the Xavier-Cincy ugly brawl last year ? 8 ) Archie Miller, got to be careful hiring those guys who are "flavor of the month" type guys
Well the first leak FROM a contacted coach, Nebraska Coach Tim Miles, comes out and says He has been conatcted by Tennessee and has politely turned them down . . . . not exactly the "Splash" Name the fans were hoping for . .
Its interesting that in the 2 high profile programs ( Men's BBall and Football ) UTK , with the exception of Jonny Majors 40 years ago, have never hired a high profile coach, always a coach from Mid-Major or an assistant i.e. Dooley from La Tech, Butchy from Cincy, Buzz from Appy, Cuonzo from Missouri St., Pearl from Wisc-Milwaukee, Jerry Green assistant, Kiffin assistant, Fulmer assistant . . .wonder if Hart will break that trend ?. . . .and also knowing Rick Hart and how he and Dave Hart operate, anyone who says " i heard from a booster that Dave Hart is going to hire so-and-so" is lying, Dave Hart keeps things VERY private in what he decides or does. Sometimes thats good , sometimes bad. . . . Also UTK might be a little surprised in where they are viewed from the outside , , ,Alot of National articles i.e. Pat Forde and Dana O'Neill are RIPPING the fan base and athletic department at UTK . . .
UTK needs to get a better understanding of where UTK basketball "stands" on the national scene, and It may not be as high as the fans think. . . .Funny that UTK fans love their football coach, Butchy who has lost 60% of his games and hated their Basketball coach who WON 60% of his games . .
UTK may have got Kiffined again, but this time UTK deserved what they got . . . .Its interesting that in the 2 high profile programs ( Men's BBall and Football ) UTK , with the exception of Jonny Majors 40 years ago, have never hired a high profile coach, always a coach from Mid-Major or an assistant i.e. Dooley from La Tech, Butchy from Cincy, Buzz from Appy, Cuonzo from Missouri St., Jerry Green assistant, Kiffin assistant, Fulmer assistant . . .wonder if Hart will break that trend ?
Greeson- You are completely wrong about McKillop not being able to compete with the "Great" SEC coaches, if there are any besides Cal and Donovan. McKillop could recruit with the name and power of Tennessee and the SEC, make no mistake. Thats like saying Bruce Pearl couldnt recruit because he came from Wisc-Milwakee, or Brad Stevens couldnt coach or recruit because he came from Butler. . .Im sure McKillop has had to bend a few rules along the way . . .Guy can flat out coach and would be the 3rd best in SEC if he was hired today. . . .doesnt matter, UTK will hire the latest "flavor of the month" Like an Archie Miller or Bob Hoffman or Pat Boyle, etc . . .dont see them thinking outside the box with someone like McKillop, Hart seems to like to win the "press conference" more than on the field or court
Thats a good question on McKillop, also UTK fans would snub their nose at hiring a coach from Davidson, only because they are stupid. But, yes McKillop's national reputation would help him in recruiting. . . . alot of times recruiting is more about "where you are " than "who you are "
UTK might even hire Tyler Summitt . . . .but I agree, UTK fans will want to interview Gruden, no question. . . .or just really build up the hate and go after Bob McKillop, although in all seriousness McKillop would be better than anyone they hire