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Friday, March 12, 2010

Some potential candidates for the Auburn job

As we wait to hear from Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs, let's look to the future.

I'm warning you ahead of time, this list of potential candidates for the Auburn job was put together based on ESPN reporter Andy Katz's pair of tweets from earlier today. For all I know, it is purely speculative and extremely preliminary. But that's how these coaching searches seem to work out early in the process.

Here are a few names to consider:

Tony Barbee, UTEP coach
  • 78-48 in four seasons at UTEP
  • Miners are 25-5 this season, finishing first in the Conference USA with a 15-1 record
  • Made the finals of the CBI last year before losing to Oregon State
  • Six years as assistant at Memphis to John Calipari, for whom he played at UMass
  • Ranked the No. 3 recruiter in country while at Memphis by Rivals.com
Chuck Person, Los Angeles Lakers special assistant
  • Starred at Auburn from 1983-86
  • Helped Tigers make their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 1984
  • Auburn leader in points in a career (2,311) and season (747)
  • 13-year NBA career for Pacers, T-Wolves, Spurs, Hornets, SuperSonics
  • NBA assistant for Kings and Lakers
Mike Anderson, Missouri coach
  • 89-41 at UAB, 87-44 in four seasons at Missouri
  • One NCAA appearance, another coming this year
  • Protege of former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson
  • Birmingham native
  • Signed 7-year extension last season for $1.6 million a year
  • Turned down $2 million-a-year offer from Georgia last year
Mike Davis, UAB coach
  • Took over after Indiana fired Bob Knight
  • Went 115-79 in six seasons, with four NCAA appearances and one title game runner-up (2002 vs. Maryland)
  • UAB coach for four seasons, 83-47, two NIT appearances
  • 23-8 this season, third place in CUSA with another postseason bid upcoming
  • Alabama native, who played collegiately for Crimson Tide
  • Assistant at Alabama under Dave Hobbs from 1995-97
Frank Haith, Miami coach
  • 108-85 in six seasons at Miami
  • 1 NCAA tournament appearance, 3 NIT
  • Hurricanes struggling to 20-12 record this season, 4-12 in ACC
  • Recently upset Virginia Tech in ACC tournament quarterfinals
  • 15 years as assistant at Texas, UNC-Wilmington, Penn State, Wake Forest and Elon
  • Candidate for Alabama job last season


Anonymous said...

I'm noticing a trend in those pictures.

Andy Bitter said...

They're all well-dressed?

Auburndkel said...

Thanks for the update. I don't see any proven performers, other than Barbee. Anderson is not leaving Mizzou.

Anonymous said...

Other than Barbee, this list really stinks. I hope that ain't the short list.

Jonesy said...

First tournament appearance was in 1984. Person led us to first win in 1985

Andy Bitter said...

This is by no means Jacobs' short list. It's just some names Andy Katz threw out there.

Anonymous said...

Chuck Person might be a basketball legend on the plains but there is absolutely nothing in his resume to indicate that he could recruit or coach a winning basketball team. There are some good candidates for JJ to consider and as for CP, there is zero parallel to JJ's decision to hire Gene C.

Anonymous said...

For the record, I'm from Birmingham and I hear amazing things about UAB's basketball program.

Weldon Peyton said...

Billy Kennedy

Nick Alexander said...

Please don't take BK away from Murray State! Go find your own coach else where!

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