Kamis, 12 April 2012

SMU's Coaching Vacancy

SMU has been looking for a big time basketball head coach before they go to the Big East but they have tried and failed with Marquette's Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and Saint Louis's Rick Majerus. Now, SMU is still looking for a head coach and they know that the chance to coach in the Big East will be hard to turn down for a lot of head coaches. So, who are the candidates to take the SMU job.

Oral Roberts Head Coach Scott Sutton
Scott Sutton has been very successful in his tenure at Oral Roberts as he has taken the program to the tournament 3 times and has kept Oral Roberts at a consistently high level. Scott Sutton is also the big name that SMU has been looking for as he is the son of former legendary head coach Eddie Sutton. Scott Sutton is only 41 years old and may be willing to move on from Oral Roberts as he has been there since 1999. Sutton has turned Oral Roberts into a true consistent winner and SMU could use someone like that as their next head coach. Sutton is probably the frontrunner now for the SMU job and he will have an interesting decision coming up.

Valparaiso Head Coach Bryce Drew
37-year-old Bryce Drew did an excellent job in his first year as the coach at Valparaiso and has now been linked with many other schools coaching searches. Drew led Valparaiso to the Horizon League regular season title by beating schools like Butler. Bryce Drew was also able to learn from his father Homer Drew who had plenty of success at Valpo also. Drew has great experience from his playing days as he made the fameous shot that helped Valparaiso beat Ole Miss in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament. Drew has the potential to be a great coach and he would be a good hire for SMU. However, the one concern would be is Bryce Drew just a one year fluke.

Robert Morris Head Coach Andrew Toole
At age 31, Andrew Toole is one of the youngest coaches in college basketball but one of the best young coaches. In two years at Robert Morris, Toole has done a very good job at recruiting from the northeast all the way to Texas. Toole is building one of the best programs in the Northeast Conference and has the potential to be an excellent young coach. He would be a great choice for SMU as they could use an excellent young coach to lead them into the Big East that can also recruit all across the Eastern Seaboard. Toole is exactly that and might be the best option that is on this list of candidates for the job.

Lehigh Head Coach Dr. Brett Reed
Dr. Brett Reed made a lot of headlines in this year's NCAA Tournament when his Lehigh team upset the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils in the second round. Reed has been very successful in his five years at Lehigh as he has taken his team to the tournament twice in those five years. He has also done a great job of developing including star scorer CJ McCollum who decided to return when he could have been a first round pick in the NBA Draft. Reed would be a really good choice for SMU but he is probablly not high on their list so Reed will probably stay with the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

Norfolk State Head Coach Anthony Evans
Anthony Evans helped lead Norfolk State to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament and then to a huge upset of the second-seeded Missouri Tigers. Evans is a very good coach and has done a great job at developing players including his star last year, center Kyle O'Quinn. Evans's ability to develop potential NBA players will attract players to SMU if Evans is coach and that could make some appeal to SMU. However, it is extremely unlikely that Evans will be the next coach of the SMU Mustangs but it is definitely possible.

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