nasty nova wrote:I agree that Stevens would be interested. Butler caught lightning in a bottle and probably is probably not a tournament team next year. I would have pause over Stevens because he doesn't seem like he can right the wrongs of Bruce, specifically recruiting in the cesspool of humanity thy is Chicago AAU coaches.
Agreed on that concern. I think that's the pause much of the fanbase would/does have. Still, it'd be a hire I'd be good with.
As an aside, searches in the twitter era are absolutely nutty. The amount of people citing "sources" on hearsay is insane. He's getting a good deal of flack for the Shaka rejection, but I think Mike Thomas has done a good job of keeping things quiet, not letting anything leak out of his offices and moving through his list in the search. I'm interested to see what next week brings. I'd be shocked if they don't have a coach by next Friday, as I don't believe there are any/many candidates (even in the large, suggested pool by the fanbase) still playing basketball.
Weber started the year with like 7 (8?) top 100 guys on the roster, so no coach should have trouble fielding a talented roster. Unless we "play the game," we're not going to get the Roses or Davises, but the rest of the state (including Chicago/Chicago area, for the most part) should be open. Additionally, I'd expect Stevens to be able to supplement the state talent with some solid Indiana talent. He'd be a home run. I'm still not buying that he's a legit possibility, though he never explicitly said he's staying at Butler or would not consider UI.
I have heard the Chicago stuff is a big part of the reason Theus' name was being thrown around. Apparently, he has curried favor with all of the big AAU people (Irvins, Reggie Rose, etc.), and also has the support of a lot of former UI players and coaches (i.e., Lou Henson). I guess he's not getting a serious look, though. He's been turned down by DePaul, UNLV, Nebraska, and others. While he wouldn't be my first choice, I'm not really understanding why he's not getting looks anywhere - I think there's upside there.
People seem to be resigning themselves to John Groce, and seem pretty pissed about it. I think there's upside there for sure. Like I believe you said after the football search, these things aren't exact sciences - there's enough uncertainty about these things to usually not get so worked up one way or another. Give whoever is hired a fair chance. I do wonder, though, if Thomas will have trouble raising money for the renovations if it's an "underwhelming" hire.
ETA: There were tons of leaks with the Shaka stuff, particularly the day/night before he made up his mind. Unless you think legit reporters were just making up shit. I agree though, that coaching searches in the twitter era inherently make ADs look like doofuses, sometimes unfairly. Also, Klee says Thomas wants to have it wrapped up by the Final Four.