Not sure how I was able to read it, I thought I had canceled my temporary subscription
But anyway, there was some speculation that if Minnesota fired Ricard Pitino, their first call would be to CEM, because of his previous connections there. Question was whether Minnesota would have the ability to come up with enough to “lure him away from what he is building at Arkansas”.
I cannot imagine a coach leaving us for a school like Minnesota. We have enough tradition & CM is building the program enough that I’d think he sees the potential to get us back to the national spotlight.
That said, I know sometimes personal matters can compel people to do things that might not seem like the best business deal.
I’d heard the Muss to Minny rumbles before. Muss’ dad was the first-year HC when Minny and tOSU had their brawl in 1972; I think Muss was 7 years old then.
HY is going to take care of things from a financial standpoint, I think. If he just wants to go back there, not much we can do about it, but he has to think he has a pretty good situation here. Little Pitino is making $2.2M coaching the Golden Goofs, BTW.
HY may need to dig a little deeper in those pockets than what was first projected. So be it. IMHO we really don’t need to allow this (possible) “Bear Bryant of basketball” get away from us like the first one did.
Shouldn’t be unexpected that others are pleading for CEM’s services. Comes with the territory of having good coaches. The fact that it’s home state calling may add more intrigue and worry in this state.
Look for Hunter to make it right without having to break the bank.
I remember that incident well. For years, whenever I heard the name Musselman, I thought of that ugly night. Who’d a thunk, that 50 years later, I would be thrilled that Musselman’s son was coaching my beloved Razorbacks!
I live in the Twin Cities. Was talking to some UM fans last night. They brought up Muss and how great a job he has done and how they’d love to have him. I was actually shocked at how much they knew about the Hogs including our amazing freshmen. It felt great for the Hogs to be relevant again and that other fans are interested in our program!