[quote=“Great Santini, post:1, topic:1943”]Some of the posters on this board (and a lot of the neophytes on the other boards) seem to think that all PSU has to do is pay a ton of money and hire a big time basketball coach and the big time recruits will flock to Happy Valley and PSU basketball will compete for the Big Ten title every year. Without commenting on the veracity of this belief, I’d like to ask for opinions on who would be a big enough name to cause recruits to follow him instead of heading to Florida, Georgetown, UCONN, Villanova, Pitt, Kansas or UCLA?
Here are my picks:
I don’t think we’d ever hire anybody like Calipari because probation is just a couple years away whenever you hire him.
I think it is highly unlikely that any of these guys would ever leave the situations they’re in – but for a big payday they might. Basketball is different than football - you only have to bring in one or two big time players to turn a program around. Maybe one of these guys could bring in a 5 star that they have been recruiting for several years. So maybe a Dixon or Wright could pull something off like that.
Anyway, what are your thoughts?[/quote]
IMO, the hire has to be someone who has confidence in a system of play who can make winners out of average teams. Don’t need the big hire. You need an AD, and maybe a basketball committee to pick a coach who’s had great success at lower levels. Jay Wright came from Hofstra, Bo Ryan from a DII or DIII school. There was a coach at Winthrop who made the tourney 3 times in a row who was hired away; Pitino came from Providence pre Big East, Digger Phelps from Fordham, Beilein started somewhere small(I saw them playing the other day, can’t remember). How about Larranaga? Tourney success, currently on 12 game winning streak, winning the last 8 by 14 pts. or more. He took a team to the final 4. His only blemish? Giving up “the shot”. So, he actually has a connection to PSU. He’d take the job in a minute. Big step up for him, but he showed he can do it. IMO, going for a big name shows lack of confidence in the ability to judge coaching talent, and there’s risk, e.g., Billy Tubbs, Sampson, Eddie Sutton’s kid, Tim Floyd, Huggins, Calipari, etc. Who needs that? IMO, Larranaga’s better than some guys on your list. I’m no Roy Williams fan. I’ve seen him panic late in games more than once.