Monday, April 02, 2007

Other NCAA News

While all of the attention is either on Florida's back-to-back titles or Kentucky's coaching search, there was some other big news in college basketball. 4 power conference programs hired new coaches on Monday. Iowa, Michigan, Arkansas, and South Florida all got new coaches, and all should be pretty big stories.

Dana Altman left Creighton to go to Arkansas. Creighton has had success in the MVC, and Altman will go to a program that will have huge expectations to get back to being a major contender. Altman should be able to succeed mainly due to the SEC West always being so inconsistent. That division is just waiting for somebody to take control, and Alabama and LSU have proven that they aren't able to do that long term. I think this is a good hire.

Jim Beilein is leaving West Virginia to be the new head coach at Michigan. Beilein had worked wonders at WVU, and made them into a quality team almost every year. He has a unique style, and it will be interesting to see what kind of players he goes after at Michigan. It should be much easier to recruit there.

Todd Lickliter goes from Butler to Iowa. This is another mid-major going to a power conference, and it looks like it will be good for Iowa. Butler was able to stay in the top 25 all year long, and beat many major programs. Lickliter goes into a situation that isn't that bad, and he could succeed pretty soon. Iowa is losing just 2 seniors, and they were 6th in the Big 10 this past season. This could be the surprise hire for next year.

Stan Heath got hired by South Florida after getting fired by Arkansas. I never bought into Heath as a good hire at Arkansas. He had 1 good year at Kent St., and was hired immediately. He always had tons of talent and never took advantage of it. He won't have anywhere near that much talent at South Florida, and will be in a tough conference again. I don't think he will be able to have much success, but he will be given plenty of time due to South Florida's past struggles. It is possible that he will thrive without the pressure he had at Arkansas.


Blogger kenan said...

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