Texas basketball at all times has appeared like a great job for somebody in search of to coach Division I males’s basketball. There are high-major prospects in seemingly each neighborhood. There seems to be extra money than contained in Citibank.
The strain to win exists, it simply doesn’t overwhelm, as a result of soccer nonetheless instructions many of the followers’ consideration. Oh, and Austin is such a beautiful city.
It hasn’t ever actually labored all the best way, although. Rick Barnes reached 16 NCAA Tournaments in 17 years, however solely a single Final Four. Tom Penders reached eight NCAA Tournaments in 10 years, however by no means superior past the Elite Eight. Shaka Smart reached three NCAA Tournaments in 5 seasons, with a doable fourth bid worn out in his different season by the COVID pandemic, and didn’t win an NCAA recreation.
So is Texas basketball the Eden so many presume it to be?
That could also be what decides who the Longhorns can land to replace Smart now that he has accepted the job as the following Marquette head coach. UT’s surest wager could be to persuade some coach on an analogous degree that the nice job he holds now, that has been the positioning of a lot success, could also be terrific however isn’t Texas.
Will one of many high coaches within the nation have the option to resist Texas’ charms?
- Texas basketball teaching candidates
Texas basketball teaching candidates
Chris Beard, Texas Tech.
The Longhorns have seen him at work, shut up. Since his arrival in Lubbock for the 2016-17 season, he owns an 8-5 report in opposition to UT. They’ve seen him within the Final Four and nationwide championship recreation. They definitely can high the six-year, $26.75 million contract he acquired from the Raiders after the group’s look within the 2019 NCAA championship recreation.
Is it definitely worth the hassle to transfer, although? Perhaps. He simply accomplished a season wherein he had no large man like Jericho Sims or Kai Jones. The Longhorns had 4 of them, together with elite freshman Greg Brown and helpful veteran Royce Hamm. The potential to appeal to that degree of expertise could also be irresistible.
John Beilein, BTN analyst
After leaving his place as Michigan head coach to take over the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after teaching on the NBA degree didn’t go nicely, Beilein has been analyzing the game within the studio and on recreation telecasts. He is taken into account one of many best offensive minds within the sport and led Michigan to the NCAA title recreation in 2013 and 2018 and to Big Ten Tournament titles in 2017 and 2018. At 68, he has coached within the NCAA Tournament at Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan. There is little doubt that he has turned down different alternatives ready for the suitable one to re-enter teaching. This could be a scenario he couldn’t decline.
Dana Altman, Oregon
One of probably the most achieved coaches in faculty basketball, Altman constructed a mid-major energy at Creighton, remained there for 16 years regardless of many gives — he even accepted the Arkansas job, went via a press convention after which modified his thoughts — and finally accepted the possibility to coach at Oregon in 2010. He has made eight NCAA Tournaments there and reached the 2017 Final Four. There are few higher pure coaches, and his persona would work nicely in a spot the place the basketball coach principally attracts consideration if he loses too usually. But would he go away behind the shut affiliation to Phil Knight?
Scott Drew, Baylor
Two many years in the past, the selection between Baylor and UT would have been laughable. Baylor had made solely 4 NCAA Tournament appearances when Drew arrived in 2003. They’ve been to 9 since, together with an Elite Eight look in 2010 and this 12 months’s No. 1 seed and (to date) journey to the Sweet 16. Another sure event journey — that, too, on the No. 1 seed degree — was eliminated by the pandemic final March. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, the main media authority on Big 12 basketball, has referred to as Drew’s work at Baylor probably the best rebuilding job within the historical past of the game. Would Drew need to abandon what he’s constructed at Baylor? He is 50 now, and he might be to the Bears what Jay Wright has turn out to be at Villanova, or Jim Boeheim at Syracuse. If he’s going to go away, it most likely shall be this 12 months — both to Indiana or to Austin. Staying in Waco looks like an possibility that shall be onerous to beat.
Mike Boynton, Oklahoma State
The college that when misplaced Brad Underwood to Illinois due to his much less spectacular wage has gotten one other cut price in Boynton, who did an amazing job with the Cowboys this season. He received probably the most out of uber-freshman Cade Cunningham and constructed a flexible, dynamic, related group round him. His contract is for six years, $11.5 million — good work if you will get it, however what if you will get extra? If Texas desires him, Boynton might get way more.
Royal Ivey, Brooklyn Nets assistant
Because of the success of Juwan Howard at Michigan, reaching into the NBA for a former star appears much less of a chance than it had been beforehand. Ivey performed 10 seasons within the league and since has labored on the staffs of the Thunder, Knicks and Nets. Ivey began for Texas’ 2003 Final Four group as backcourt associate for All-American T.J. Ford and topped 1,000 profession factors.
Eric Musselman, Arkansas
There hasn’t been a lot of a rivalry between the Longhorns and Razorbacks since Arkansas departed the Southwest Conference for the SEC in 1991, however this might warmth it up. Musselman has been a smash hit at Arkansas and has the group within the Sweet 16 in his second season, however he may discover the attract of Austin troublesome to decline. Musselman has an NBA background and has reached the previous 4 NCAA Tournaments, the primary three at Nevada, and has two Sweet 16 appearances in that stretch. A Final Four is in attain, although, and if the Hogs pull that off, it is perhaps troublesome to stroll away from that diploma of success.
Kelvin Sampson, Houston
Kelvin’s work at Houston has made many neglect the troublesome departure at Indiana. He’s one among faculty basketball’s best coaches, and he has the Cougars within the Sweet 16. But they love him at Houston; his household is intertwined all through this system. It looks like an odd time to transfer.
Jerome Tang, Baylor affiliate head coach
Tang has been with Drew at Baylor from the start and has been an integral a part of the Bears’ success. And, frankly, it’s astounding that somebody so brilliant, proficient, achieved and interesting nonetheless might be ready for his first head teaching job. It is probably not Texas’ plan to rent a first-time head coach. But he would do a heck of a job.
Grant McCasland, North Texas
McCasland led the Mean Green to the Conference USA Tournament title and a first-round upset of Purdue with modern defensive schemes that slowed down Western Kentucky’s Charles Bassey and the Boilermakers’ Trevion Williams. He is a former Baylor assistant and spent one 12 months at Arkansas State earlier than taking the UNT job, the place his first three groups received 20 video games and his fourth, this season, superior to the NCAA spherical of 32.