May 10th, 2011 08:25 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Mark Turgeon, NCAA, SEC, Turgeon Wichita State
Maryland got its man. On about the fourth try.
After Sean Miller, Mike Brey and Jay Wright agreed to extensions with their current schools, the Terps finally nabbed Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon to replace Gary Williams. Now the Aggies are searching for a new coach, but it’s doubtful they’ll venture into the SEC to find him.
A&M’s last two hires: Billy Gillispie (UTEP) and Turgeon (Wichita State) both came from smaller programs in the Midwest. And if the Aggies do decide to chase a BCS-level coach this time around, they’ll have to overcome their reputation as a football-first school. Turgeon has praised Maryland as having “a great basketball tradition.”
Turgeon had success — as Gillispie did before him — reaching four consecutive NCAA Tournaments with the Aggies. A coach can clearly win in College Station. If the Aggies can sell their job.
One point of pure speculation to keep in mind — A&M’s athletic director is Bill Byrne, father of former Mississippi State AD Greg Byrne. And Rick Stansbury is entering what’s likely a make-or-break year in Starkville.
A&M’s AD would have inside knowledge of Stansbury through his son. And MSU’s coach has had quite a bit of success in Starkville… winning 272 games and taking the Bulldogs to postseason play in 10 of his 13 years as head coach. That includes six NCAA trips.
Would he be the first choice of A&M fans? Probably not. But he might be a better catch than an up-and-comer from a smaller school.
Would A&M be a big draw to Stansbury after 21 years at State? Probably not, unless he feels the walls are closing in on him in Starkville.
This would be a marriage of convenience only and we don’t see it happening. At the same time, we never say never.
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