Originally Posted by 1940757690
Also had 5 years at FSU and another 2 or 3 in the NBA (Bucks and Celts).
The NBA experience is adequate, the OMFGCU experience is not really. He had 2 seasons as head coach, Maybe (5 total?) and improved his team from 7th(year before he was hired) to 6th to 2nd in the conference.
This is a flashy hire that reeks of the Mets signing a player to take attention away from the Yankees.
That said, I'm not sure the UCLA faithful would be ecstatic 10 days ago if you told them that Howland's replacement would be Steve Alford. UCLA's fault was in believing that even though Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart had shown no inclination to move to "bigger and better" jobs in the past, that surely one of them would come to Westwood. Once they were turned down by those two, they appeared to have no plan for who to turn to next and had to make a hire they knew would say yes.
Which brings me to Minnesota. In both the most recent football and basketball coaching searches, Minnesota has been turned down more often than a teenage Hoosier Red looking for dates. (And believe me, That. Is. Saying. Something.) It's one thing for UCLA to presume that a coach who hadn't moved for other jobs would move to LA, but Minnesota? Of course they started with the two golden boys, and after being turned down by Stevens and Smart, they've now been turned down by guys with less impressive resumes/current jobs. Hell at this point, I think Dave Bliss turned them down from prison.