Sabtu, 07 April 2012

The LSU Coaching Vacancy

LSU would have never thought they would be looking for a new coach this offseason but because of Trent Johnson move to TCU from Baton Rouge due to Jim Christian's move to Ohio which happened because of John Groce's move to Ohio, the Tigers are looking for a new basketball coaches. Johnson was probably going to be on the hot seat in Baton Rouge this season anyway so a move now to the Big 12's newest addition is smart. LSU will look for someone who can revive the basketball program as the Tigers have not been in the tournament since 2009. The Tigers will look for someone who can recruit in the southeast and Texas as the Tigers have a weak recruiting class right now.

The Contenders

Memphis head coach Josh Pastner
At age 34, Josh Pastner is one of the best young coaches in college basketball as he done a great job at Memphis of replacing John Calipari after he left for the Kentucky Wildcats. Pasnter has led the Tigers to back to back NCAA Tournament appearances and 25+ win seasons. Pastner has also been very successful in recruiting in the southeast as Memphis has had very good classes recently. Pastner is a very good coach and has proven he can recruit in SEC country so LSU should make him their number one target. However, Pastner may be hard to get as Memphis will soon be in the Big East.

Murray State head coach Steve Prohm
In his first year as a head coach, Steve Prohm was able to take the Murray State Racers to a 31-2 season as the Racers have the potential for another great season next year. Prohm has also shown he can recruit in the south as his top recruits in the south have signed for the Racers. Prohm has also done an excellent job at developing players like star guard Isaiah Canaan. Prohm is only age 37 and has a great future ahead of him.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle
Boyle has done an excellent job at Colorado as he has taken them to the NCAA Tournament and a Pac-12 tournament title. Boyle has also recruited well in the west and should be able to recruit just about anywhere. Boyle has had success at developing players which was key this year. Boyle has said that he does not want to leave Colorado but the chance to coach in the SEC might be too hard to pass up.

The Sleeper

Valparaiso head coach Bryce Drew
Bryce Drew was able to win the Horizon League regular season title in his first year as head coach for Valparaiso as he successfully replaced his father Homer Drew. Bryce Drew has proven he has a lot of talent and is another great up-and-coming coach at only age 37. Drew has proven to be a very good teacher and that could help him turnaround the LSU program immediately. Drew could be a sleeper to get the job as he is another good, young coach that the Tigers should be interested in.

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