And believe it or not, Dr. Fitz Hill was suggesting this to be our Plan B if the coaching search goes well into next week. He was seriously saying bring in Corliss or Darrell Walker and surround him with a bunch of solid assistants the way Memphis did with Penny Hardaway.
I’m assuming your reference is towards Stackhouse, and how do you know he is a bad hire, he has been with 2 nba teams since leaving broadcasting. One on the financial end and 3 yrs nba Assistant at Memphis. Listen those that really know the game know coaching is overrated, it’s all about the talent pool. Otherwise why do you still see these legendary coaches at legacy programs still recruit hard for 5* at the end of day you better be able to recruit
It takes both. Great players want to play for great coaches. Great coaches all start somewhere. They win with talent that may not be top notch and then people start to notice and better quality players become easier to recruit. That coach then goes to a better school and the talent follows. After that it is a chain reaction. That’s how dynasties and powerhouses are created.
I’m looking around college basketball and I don’t see any top teams who are coached by former superstar players. Memphis is no longer a top team; it remains to be seen if Penny will change that. Neither is Alabama, who just fired Avery, and Avery was kind of an NBA journeyman at best. Most top coaches are people who played, but not at the highest level, then paid their dues through the coaching system. The only dues Penny paid was his vanity-plate AAU team.
Chris Mullin took St John’s to the tournament this year too. Penny was a natural with his connection to AAU and the Memphis area in general. I think that is going to work.
It’s worth a shot I suppose, but I think it’s a big risk for Vandy. Stack was a good player in the NBA and college, but not a legend like some of the NBA guys in this thread. Just how much cache will that have with prepsters?
And Vandy is now replacing the coach who replaced the most winning coach in Vandy history (Kevin Stallings) from just two years ago, went to the NCAAT seven times and had gone the previous year. I hope we don’t look back a few years from now and wonder what we were thinking.