The only job
On July 26, 1999, days later And monson made a late jump from Gonzaga to Minnesota, which he beat three months earlier in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Bulldogs announced Mark Few as their new head coach. The 37-year-old assistant won 26 games and reached the Sweet 16 in his first season.
In the 21 years since they inherited the little-known, low-budget show and turned it into a college basketball powerhouse, Few has been inundated with interview requests and job offers and is the constant subject of “maybe this” rumors. be the place … “. He has turned down every opportunity to leave the West Coast Conference for more money and a bigger stage. And he only seriously considered one: Oregon in March 2009.
Jeff Goodman released a story Friday about the chase of the Few Ducks after firing Ernie Kent. And while the whole story is worth reading, this quote from then-Oregon athletic director (and longtime friend of Few) Pat Kilkenny, was fantastic:
“It was a bit contentious for the two hours,” Kilkenny recalled of his meeting with Few at a rest stop in Arlington, Oregon. “I firmly believed that Mark would be making a huge mistake by not leaving a place that didn’t have the resources that Oregon could take advantage of. Mark said, ‘Oregon will never make it, I’m in a better place.’ The conversation was polarizing. “
“Oregon will never make it.” Score Few from the top rope.
As of Saturday morning, 44 college basketball jobs had been opened, up from just 24 the year before, as various programs opted for the status quo in the early days of the pandemic. The last start came Friday when Porter Moser left Loyola Chicago for Oklahoma. Matt norlander reported Loyola made a “great offer” to retain Moser:
“Loyola Chicago has countered Oklahoma’s offer to Moser by putting a 10-year contract on the table for him to stay. They have told me that money is also significant for the upper-middle level. “
The report came after Adam Zagoria. tweeted Moser was “on the fence” weighing up a six-year offer from Oklahoma, which Zagoria later reported was in the neighborhood of $ 2.5 million a year. Moser leaves Loyola after 99 victories, including six NCAA tournament victories, in the last four of his 10 seasons as head coach. The Ramblers are provided to promote assistant Drew Valentine.
Elsewhere, do you remember former Houston head coach Alvin Brooks? He has another chance, this time leaving Kelvin Sampson’s bank for his alma mater, Lamar. Tennessee assistant Desmond Oliver is the “favorite”For East Tennessee State as replacement for Jason Shay, who players think he was sent off because he supported their protest against racial inequality. Also: Roy Williams’ Candidates and Replacement Odds at Texas Tech.
Nate Oats is responsible for the resurgence of Alabama basketball on the court. Luke Ratliff is responsible for Alabama’s off-court resurgence.
Ratliff, 23, died Friday night of complications from COVID-19. Ratliff, an Alabama student from Wadesboro, NC, was known and adored throughout college basketball as the Superfan Crimson Tide. He has attended 44 of his last 45 games, including all three tournament games at Indiana.
Odds and endings
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.