Was trying to figure out what’s going on at Rice, and googled to remember that Scott Pera was just hired there.
Pera was mentioned quite a bit in this thread:
Best part was, in reading through it and links in it, the last line of this, from a Dave Jones piece early in the search speculation:
* Pat Chambers, 40, is the head coach at Boston University. He has deep Philadelphia roots, a coaching background from Villanova (2004-09) under Jay Wright and, to top it off, two brothers and a sister who went to Penn State. His specialty on the Wildcats’ staff was backcourt play. And he’s a terror as a recruiter, full of energy and personality.
Chambers was Nova’s associate head coach in 2009 and was highly involved in luring a benchmark recruiting class that included Maalik Wayns, James Bell, Isaiah Armwood and Mouphtaou Yarou. He also was involved, but to a lesser extent, in the signings of Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes.
BU has reached post-season play out of the America East in each of his two seasons there, going 21-14 both years. In 2010, the Terriers reached the semis of the CBI and played VCU tough before losing. In 2011, they were within six points of Kansas (47-41) with 10:00 to go before the Jayhawks pulled away to win 72-53.
Like his mentor, Chambers demands his teams play solid position defense without fouling. The functionality of his offense isn’t always pretty but the D usually compensates.
Also interesting was that I don’t believe any of the many names - with the exception of Larry Brown - had much success, and a lot have been canned.