Originally Posted by CrackerJack
Sorry - "Final 8" is what I meant regarding XU. The last Final 8 for UC was in 1995-6 I believe?
Cronin - has UC/Huggins ties - but in no way coaches, recruits or manages his team like Huggins does/did. He learned from two of the best - Pitino and Huggins. Cronin is a great recruiter and is proving to also be a very good, upcoming bball coach.
It's "my" opinion that he'd be a good fit - I certainly dont expect UC to share that opinion due to the Huggins' situation. I also think Cronin would be a better recruiter and coach than Kennedy - Kennedy's approach to the game is quite similar to Huggins - it's all he knows really - Cronin is his own man.
Cronin's players at Murrary St. have had a few encounters with law enforcement. Nancy Zimpher is going to let her hatred for Bob Huggins influence this hire, nobody associated with him in any fashion will have a shot at this job. If she screws up this hire and UC becomes a basketball wasteland her days are President are numbered.
Edit: I think Kennedy is a great game coach, but I'm not sure about his recruiting ability. Due to Zimpher we are pretty much screwed for the next 2 years when it comes to recruits. She already goes to UC games with armed bodyguards, she hasn't seen ugly yet. Next year when UC wins maybe 10 games it isn't going to be pretty for her in this city.