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Monday, March 15, 2010

Where are some potential coaching candidates going this week?

Ah, coaching searches. They're probably 1 percent fact and 99 percent misinformation. Remember when there were conflicting TV reports that Will Muschamp and Steve Spurrier would be taking the Auburn football job on the same afternoon 15 months ago? Yup, that was entertaining to see not happen.

Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs seems to think along the lines that most folks don't know anything. Here's what he wrote in a letter to fans shortly after firing Jeff Lebo:
"We will conduct a deliberate and thorough search driven by what is best for our student-athletes and our basketball program. Rumor and speculation will be rampant in the coming days. As in past searches, much if not most of what you may read or hear will be wrong. We will not refute rumors or comment on who will or won't be considered or who has or hasn't been interviewed. Our sole goal is to find the right man for Auburn."
That being said, let the speculation begin. I don't mean to insinuate that these are in fact the names on Jacobs' "short list," just that they are potential candidates whose names have popped up in various place early in the process.

Here's where they will be taking their teams in the postseason this week, just in case you'd like to keep an eye on them.

In the NCAA tournament:
  • Johnny Jones, North Texas -- 15th seed in West vs. 2nd seed Kansas State at Oklahoma City, Thursday, 2:40 p.m. ET
  • Tony Barbee, UTEP -- 12th seed in West vs. 5th seed Butler at San Jose, Thursday, 4:45 p.m. ET
  • Mike Anderson, Missouri -- 10th seed in East vs. 7th seed Clemson at Jacksonville, Friday, 2:35 p.m. ET
In the NIT:
  • Gregg Marshall, Wichita State -- 3rd seed in NIT at home vs. 6th seed Nevada, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. ET
  • Mike Davis, UAB -- 2nd seed in NIT at home vs. 7th seed Coastal Carolina, Tuesday, 8 p.m.
No postseason:
  • John Brady, Arkansas State
  • Frank Haith, Miami
Something tells me plenty more names will emerge before this thing is over. Got somebody you think Auburn should consider for the job? Post it in the comments and explain why.


Anonymous said...

I hope they at least gauge the interest of Scott Drew (Baylor) and Brad Stevens (Butler).

easyedwin said...

AB, does C Person get no consideration because he has no degree?

Andy Bitter said...

I didn't put him on this list because he's not leading a college team into the postseason right now. Sam Mitchell too, although they are both candidates.

Anonymous said...

John Calipari Money is no object get er done

Chinchilla said...

I want a young guy who's been an assistant under some already well established coaches. I want ORLANDO ANTIGUA. Assistant coach at Pitt under Jamie Dixon and then with Calipari at Memphis and at Kentucky. The guy knows how to recruit and more importantly he knows what it takes to win. He's already seen how to take non-basketball power houses like Pitt and Memphis and turn them into national championship contenders. He is everything we need as a coach at Auburn. I only hope that we have the brains to look at him and that he would want to come to Auburn.

Dwight Jerkins said...

I think Danny Manning or any assistant from Duke would be good candidates.

Anonymous said...


I'm all for Barbee, Anderson, Mitchell, or Person but a BIG NOOOOO to Brady.

Anonymous said...

Steal another Great coach from the Magnolia State. Remember Tubberville? Money is no object. Set down the satchel and He will head east. A proven coach and a man of character. Besides who wouldn't want to leave Mississippi on the first thing to come by smoking?

Anonymous said...

Rick Stansbury. The only answer.