I think at this point… Sampson is probably staying at Houston…Sounds like CB is staying or going to Texas or holding out for Texas (besides, we are just hoping he’d come… I haven’t seen or heard anything that makes us think he’s on the list of HY).
So My others start with…
Eric Musselman - Only makes 1 Mil a year at Nevada… Good coach with an NBA and international Basketball Pedigree. Could help with recruiting…
Fred Hoiberg - He’s a great offensive mind; I’ve heard some say he doesn’t concentrate on Defense much… maybe not, but I sure do remember going to Iowa State and having trouble scoring.
Jaime Dixon - Casual Fans may not know the name, but he’s a good coach. He’s reportedly making 3.2 mil at TCU… So this one probably is unattainable.
Those are apparently high on UCLA’s list too… so that may be tough to get.
Porter Moser - He would be a disappointment for most fans, but I think he can and would do a really good job. He got a Raise From 400K last year, but I can’t imagine it being more that 1.5 Mil. now. He’s been in Arkansas before too.
I think HY screwed up! If he don’t have a plan he’s guilty of making the same mistake He fired CMA for!
If he wants a home run hire he needs to be soon ! Bama got their man pretty quick and apparently that AD had a plan before he fired Avery Johnson.
We may all be suprised in the next few weeks with who pops out of the wood work!
I really wanted Dixon when we let Heath go and hired Pelphrey; and then really, really wanted him when we left JP go. We ended up with Mike, and I was fine with that because - like many others - I thought he’d be able to recapture the “40 minutes” magic now that the Nolan lawsuits had come and gone, and things were “settling down”. Sure I knew it would take 2 or 3 years, but that would have been OK.
But getting back to Dixon, he had it going on at Pitt from the mid 2000’s to the time he came to TCU, averaging more than 25 wins per season and a winning record in the NCAAT, including a Sweet 16 showing, and an Elite Eight appearance a couple of years later. He was around 40-45; not an “up and comer” but a “pretty much there and young enough to stay for a couple of decades” type. PLus, he was a “hot” name among coaches, and you could see him making a big splash if he chose to come to Arkansas.
But now, my (ample) gut tells me he’s on the downside. Oh, he’ll be a “good” coach for TCU or someone for the next 10-15 years, but I don’t see him breaking through and making multiple Final Fours or cutting down the nets with a Championship. Time may prove me wrong, but that’s what I believe.
That said, I’d take Dixon over Sampson. Never have liked KS much. If we hire him, I’ll approach it with as open a mind as I can, because I WANT to like our coach. Hopefully, I’m wrong about him.
Bo Mattingly once covered Eric Musselman when he was coaching the Florida Sharks/West Palm Beach Dogs.
He’s a big fan of him as a coach and a person.
Professional Coaching Experience
1989-90, 91-95: Head Coach, Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1990-91: Assistant Coach, Minnesota Timberwolves
1995-96: Head Coach, Florida Sharks (USBL)
1996-97: Head Coach, Florida/W. Palm Beach Dogs (CBA)
1998-00: Assistant Coach, Orlando Magic
2000-02: Assistant Coach, Atlanta Hawks
2002-04: Head Coach, Golden State Warriors (NBA)
2004-06: Assistant Coach, Memphis Grizzlies
2006-07: Head Coach, Sacramento Kings (NBA)
2010-11: Head Coach, Reno Bighorns (NBADL)
2011-12: Head Coach, Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBADL)
College Coaching Experience
2012-13: Assistant Coach, Arizona State
2013-14: Associate Head Coach, Arizona State
2014-15: Associate Coach, LSU
2015-present: Head Coach, University of Nevada
Professional Coaching Record: Overall: 566-340
NBA: 108-138 (.439) 3 years - Golden State (2002-04), Sacramento (2006-07)
CBA: 270-122 (.689) 7 years - Rapid City (1989-1995), Florida/West Palm (1995-97)
USBL: 53-3 (.946) 2 years - Florida/Bradenton (1995-1996)
NBA-DL: 77-30 (.720) - Reno (2010-11), Los Angeles (2011-12)
International Coaching Experience
2010–11: Dominican Republic
Re: Greg Marshall. He wins and his teams get better as the season goes on. They’re great on defense, good enough on offense. This year’s team’s started really slow and is finishing really strong. Those are the positives.
The negatives: High maintenance, abrasive, short-tempered. The number of recent transfers might be telling. Also, he’s very highly paid. He makes power 5 money in the $3 million range. That would be an expensive gamble on a guy who sometimes seems on the edge of melting down.
When Wichita State was riding high two years ago there was some muted discussion about him having a coaching style that wears players out mentally. Some guys respond to that, some don’t. Marshall does seem to have righted the ship at least temporarily the way his guys are playing in the NIT, and he makes really good money there.
I was depressed when I learned that Mike was fired. I got over that quickly (same day) and got excited at the thought of a fresh start with a big time new coach. Over the last few days and looking at every coaching name in this thread, I am starting to feel depression come over again.