There's been a certain amount of coaching carousel news and/or rumors in the last few days and I thought I'd hold forth what I thought about each of the following five stories.
Steve Masiello led the Jaspers into the NCAA tournament this year and then almost immediately bolted for the South Florida job. But Masiello now finds himself dumped out of the South Florida gig after the school learned the claim of a degree from Kentucky on his resume was a flat out lie.
So now, he's still the Manhattan coach. But that may not be for much longer either. The school has placed him on leave while they look into the situation.
I'm not one who believes you have to have a college degree in order to coach college basketball, though a lot of schools apparently do have that requirement. But if you say you have said degree, you actually should.
I'm sure he's a good coach but Masiello should be headed towards the unemployment line. Manhattan should fire him as soon as possible, with cause.
Yahoo Sports is reporting that Kelvin Sampson is the leading candidate to take over the Cougars.
To that I say....ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?
Kelvin Sampson has proven that there are no rules he won't break. He got out of Oklahoma ahead of an NCAA posse which eventually leveled a 3 year probation on the Sooners.
Sampson was so corrupt at Indiana that the basketball team which had never had a violation of NCAA rules under Bobby Knight and Mike Davis, ended up on probation as the program fell apart.
The school president Michael McRobbie apologized to the NCAA for hiring Sampson and said it was a mistake that shouldn't have happened. And the NCAA hit Sampson with a five year show cause order which effectively blackballed him from college coaching until last year.
And now Houston wants to hire Sampson? Why not just offer the NCAA space at the school so they can get their investigation started as soon as the introductory press conference is made.
Sampson has no business being allowed to coach a college team now or ever again.
I don't know how much weight to give the reports I've heard about saying that the Pistons are considering Tom Izzo as their next potential coach.
Hey, Izzo is a great coach. The Michigan State Spartans are a threat to win the title just about every year.
But I think he'd be making a galactic sized mistake if he leaves MSU for the Pistons. Even if his team was to win the title this year and people could make the argument that he'd accomplished all he could at the college level, the NBA is just a bad move for him.
Coaching in the NBA does not hold the same level of awe as it did back in the day. Nowadays it is mostly a joke. A grown man presiding over 15 guys more interested in being a brand than basketball players.
There are some NBA coaches who actually coach (Greg Popovich with the Spurs, Brad Stevens with the Celtics), but for the most part coaching in the NBA strikes me these days as a way to pad the retirement fund rather than building a team with your own personal philosophy.
If Tom Izzo wants a new challenge, go to a new school without much of a basketball pedigree and build a program. Otherwise, he should stay at Michigan State. At least in college, it still resembles actual COACHING.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
It appears that things are so rosy behind the scenes with the Warriors and coach Mark Jackson. For the second year in a row, he hired an assistant coach and then forced the team to reassign the assistant after things apparently broke down with them.
This time it was ex-Boston Celtics player Brian Scalabrine, and the move managed to let some light into the entire scenario as it now appears things between the team and Jackson are coming to a head. And that doesn't even begin to address the news that Jackson was chasing other head coaching jobs while employed by the Warriors.
I know that Jackson had knocks against him when he got the job with no coaching experience. But he had managed to make the Warriors relevant again. He's got an up and coming set of players. But his inexperience (at least in terms of interpersonal skills) seems to be coming out in buckets.
How do you go looking for another job when you already have one of the better ones in the entire league? And what is this obsession that is developing with head coaches basically firing their own assistants with seemingly no reason. (Scalabrine is still with the team, which apparently likes what he brought to the table.)
Jason Kidd and now Mark Jackson? Is it because they are know it alls who don't like to be challenged by non-yes men?
Here's hoping things get straightened out and the team moves on from what day by day seems to be a worsening work environment. If that means they cut ties with Jackson, so be it.
The Eagles are looking for a new head coach after firing Steve Donahue a week or so ago. First there was the rumor that Jim Calhoun wanted the job. But he came out and said he had no interest in the job yesterday.
Now comes the news that one candidate is current Boston Celtics assistant Walter McCarty. He's not only on the list but he's vocal about wanting the job, saying "I want to be highly considered."
I don't know what he brings to the table as a coach. He's been an assistant with the Celtics, the Pacers and at Louisville under Rick Pitino. But it is a big change moving to the front of the pack.
As a BC fan, I'm not interested in being the starting point for a head coaching career. Hire a guy, watch him do well and then bolt at the first higher visibility job is not what the Eagle need.
Can McCarty recruit? You need to be able to do more than say that you were a sought after recruit at one time yourself.
I'm not opposed to McCarty, but I want him to be not only up for the challenge of rebuilding what was once a proud program, but READY to do it as well.