Top 3 in terms of the job itself. San Diego State and UNLV are still better jobs (despite UNLV's recent struggles). But...he wins at Utah State he's looking at his pick of Power 5 jobs anywhere else down the line. I wonder if the ink is dry on Dan Englestad's extension at Mount St. Mary's...he'd slot in really nicely at UMBC. But, I imagine there will be a very strong pool since Odom left that job in a way better place than when he found it.Great move for Odom to leave for the #1 team in the MW and take over a team with only two seniors. I'll miss him. I hope we get another good hire and keep up this momentum.
An argument could be made for Colorado State in that top 3 as well. Maybe even Nevada or New Mexico despite their horrible season. I mean, this really is an excellent league to be a part of. Success means a bigger job eventually for sure.Top 3 in terms of the job itself. San Diego State and UNLV are still better jobs (despite UNLV's recent struggles).
Agree. Honestly just went off the top of my head in the moment. Utah State does seem committed to winning and has a good tradition, so I think Odom will be set up to succeed there. The Mountain West coaches ranked it 9th best when they did those surveys a few years back: Mountain West Basketball Coaches Rank the Best Jobs in the Conference - StadiumAn argument could be made for Colorado State in that top 3 as well. Maybe even Nevada or New Mexico despite their horrible season. I mean, this really is an excellent league to be a part of. Success means a bigger job eventually for sure.
Fact is, in a one-bid league like ours, you do...that...you’re not long for this level. We all knew this was coming, it was more a matter of when and where than if. Two years, ago there were reports that he was leaving for Virginia Tech; turns out that was more of an internal hunt for a source of media leaks (though seeing the Washington Post sports reporters get egg on there face was a good chuckle), but no one flipped out then.Utah State fan checking in. I have to say, you seem an amazing, level-headed bunch. You are taking this much better than we did losing Coach Smith to Utah a few weeks ago (granted, we lost a coach to a rival in-state school in a better conference, so maybe a little different).
I don’t know that I’ve had more fun watching an NCAA Tourney game than your game against Virginia a few years back. With where Coach Odom has your program, I am sure UMBC will be an attractive opening and you’ll make a slam dunk hire. Best of luck!
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Funny anecdote —our starting PG Marco Anthony was on the UVA team you guys beat.
Not a UMBC fan, but what I like about Odom is that he turned around UMBC for one, and he is a strong coach from a coaching standpoint. He gets guys to buy in, and they seem to enjoy playing for him. Outside the upset team, none of the UMBC players ever screamed "that's the most talented guy on the floor" (doesn't mean they weren't good, but there's not a ton of wow factor) in most matchups, but I think you could always say in a lot of cases it was the better coached team, and the guys who cared a lot about winning and being committed to their system of winning. I'd say those are Odom's biggest attributes and positives as a coach. He'll have less cover in the Mountain West to mold certain guys as he would in the AE to get wins, but I think he's smart enough to know what's going to work and what won't.Our message board is USUFans.com. Please come on over if you’d like to mingle or have any thoughts to share on what we can expect with Coach Odom.