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So, as you all know, Rick Majerus won't be returning to SLU due to health reasons. This season, we have Jim Crews as the interim head coach. Between Crews' age and his lack of looking like a good long-term option, plus none of the current SLU assistants appear ready to take over either, I'd say that the overwhelming consensus is that SLU will be looking outside of the program for a new coach at the end of the season, regardless of how well SLU does.

I know several A-10 schools have done coaching searches over the last couple of years. Over at a SLU fan site, we have been bringing up different names, some of which sound better than others. I guess I just wanted to know if any of you have come across names in your schools' searches that intrigued you, or just any up and comers that could be in a position to coach in the A-10 next season.
 

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Wainright? Saw him on the bench at Marquette last night. He has a handle on the whole midwest thing. A little long in the tooth though.
 

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It depends on what you want. Do you want safety or do you want the chance to catch a star on his way up? All about Risk/Reward.

Prying Matthew Graves from Butler wouldn't be easy, but if I am SLU he's one of the first calls I make.

John Brady at Arkansas State would seem like a good candidate. Took LSU to a final four. Really good coach. May not have a high ceiling, but he would likely keep SLU relevant and competitive.

Pat Kelsey, former Xavier assistant and current Winthrop head coach is going to climb the ladder pretty quick. A year or two early for that level of job? Maybe. But better to catch that kind of talent a little early than a little late.
 

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Wainright? Saw him on the bench at Marquette last night. He has a handle on the whole midwest thing. A little long in the tooth though.
Sarcasm is notoriously hard to detect on the Internet. I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you are being sarcastic.

Just in case let's do a pros/cons of old Jer.

Pros:
1. Loves to tell anecdotes. He strings them together like popcorn on a string.
2. His first teams at Richmond (with Beilein's players) played tough. Really tough. They had some amazing and near-amazing comebacks from being down 30+ points.
3. He comes up with the occasional good quip. I remember a good one about Phog Allen Fieldhouse.
4. His presentations on Senior Night were outstanding.

Cons:
1. He has demonstrated utter incapacity to manage the relationship between the basketball program and the school administration. He tried playing "Chicken" with the administration with marginally qualified recruits. It ended badly. Really badly.
2. Even his toughest teams still stunk at rebounding. When you consider his grinding style, rebounding is especially important. He knew that and still couldn't fix it.
3. His teams got a lot worse once he was getting his own players. It seemed if he had contracted Danny Nee-itis from this good friend at Duquesne.
4. In recruiting, he does not have a particularly good eye for talent especially in comparison to Mooney. See KA vs Merritt.
5. He does slimy package deals and ends up with some bad staff members.
6. If things go bad, he has a tendency to truly crater the program. If we had not been bailed out by DePaul, we would have been in an abyss. As it was, it took Mooney 3 seasons to turn things around.
7. His record at DePaul.

SLU would be better off keeping Crews than hiring Wainwright.
 

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Gregg Marshall.

They should start calling him right now.
Good luck with that. He's going to be perhaps the hottest name on the coaching market this offseason. The only hotter names could be Stevens and Smart, and UCLA is probably the only possible opening those two would consider. Texas would be a very long shot with those two, more likely a spot for Marshall to land. But come mid-March, Gregg Marshall will be attached to damn near every opening.
 

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Come on SITMB - every program needs a good kick in the nuts and total tearing apart from time to time. It makes those good runs and wins that much more sweet.

How's the sarcasm meter looking on the above? :laugh:
 

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Come on SITMB - every program needs a good kick in the nuts and total tearing apart from time to time. It makes those good runs and wins that much more sweet.

How's the sarcasm meter looking on the above? :laugh:
Sarcasm Detection Score = 9.9396031657
 

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Gregg Marshall.

They should start calling him right now.
They'd need to be ready to pay him Majerus-level money, as he's well-compensated at Wichita St. I assume that SLU won't owe Majerus now, and can divert those resources to the new coach? I think most fans at Charlotte wished we'd been able to hire Marshall before he got his big payday at WSU (he reportedly was interested, but we still had Lutz and there was also apparently mutual dislike with the Charlotte AD).

What constrained Charlotte, in-part, was having to pay Lutz and the new hire. The AD giving Lutz a contract extension so soon before firing him was a really bad move. It meant Charlotte had to go after someone unknown and couldn't compete for some of the up-and-coming coaches from smaller schools.

My impression is that SLU won't have that constraint. They could probably get a well-known coach, like Marshall. Rice who's coaching UNLV might be interesting. Not sure they can get him, as I assume UNLV also pays well. I also wonder about the Murray St. coach.

Kelsey will probably get there eventually, but it'd be nice to see how he does as a head coach before giving him a big payday. Charlotte interviewed Kelsey, but didn't hire him, and he ended up down the road at Winthrop.
 

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Rick Byrd.

Tennessee couldn't pry him away from Belmont but who knows maybe SLU could?
 

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I do not know the names, but many schools have had great luck by tapping into the Charlie Coles' (Miami of Ohio) coaching tree. Chris Mack, John Groce, Mark Schmidt, and many more. I am sure somewhere in there is a top assistant who would flourish in St. Louis.
 

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Chris Mack will probably be available.
Oh, without a doubt!

He's just terrible.

Seriously, if I were SLU, I would go young. Go ahead and take a chance on a perceived up and comer. You get high energy and no health issues. Figure out an assistant coaching solution that makes sense for your recruiting and go from there.

SLU doesn't need a retread approach. In fact, it would open up some money for better assistants. Otherwise, with your new arena in place, once you guys really get going again the money will be there to finance that staff.
 

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Well, I just went through the Duquesne search so I can mention some of the names we battered about for weeks until we selected Jim Ferry.


Keith Dambrot (U of Akron coach who everyone wanted. He wouldn't come to Duquesne).

Cleveland State's head coach - Gary Waters - Solid performer but not exactly exciting.

Ohio State's top assistant Jeff Boals.

Kentucky's assistant Orlando Antigua (this was more of a Pittsburgh thing. I don't think he would be a good hire).

Andrew Toole - coach of Robert Morris University. He's young and an alledged up and comer. Still, he has struggled a bit this year so far. Would probably be a good hire.

Groce seems like a reach at best.
 

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The best part of every coaching search is throwing names out with no regard to whether they'd even take the job. Gregg Marshall isn't leaving Wichita State for SLU. He's winning big, recruiting well, and they will pay him. That's lateral, if even a slight step down. When he leaves, it will be for a very high profile job. If Texas ever gets smart and dumps Rick Barnes, he'd be the favorite.

SLU will be looking at prime assistants or lower level coaches. Murray State coach Steve Prohm is a possibility, but unlikely.

On another note, I have no idea why Orlando Antigua would ever leave Kentucky. He's got the best gig in the world. Making more money than a good percentage of head coaches, and has zero pressure. His recruiting pitch is to hop a private plane and say "Yeah, we want to offer you" about 8 times per year. I'm sure he probably wants to be a head coach, but as long as Calipari is at Kentucky, Antigua is living better than pretty much every coach ever. My guess is he will be an NBA assistant within 5 years, and then an NBA head coach down the line.
 
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