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I don't know much about this guy. He has a pretty good record of winning everywhere he went. His strength is his bench work. His weakness is probably recruiting. He did manage a Sweet Sixteen trip for SIU. So, clearly, he has some ability to get some talent. His mentor was Gene Keady who had some success over the years. My only concern is that his background is all midwest, not southwest. I don't see a lot of Dallas and Houston in there. Can a history of recuiting in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana translate to this environment. I don't know. Clearly knows the x's and o's. We could do worse.
"Student Athletes, so that's what you call your slaves" - Eric Cartman 2011
Would rather have Brown than Weber - and that's saying something. Weber hire seems so similar to Doh hire. Sure would be nice to see Orsini think differently on this one than just another retread, but that appears to be his MO. Was hoping others involved and the search firm would steer him away from that tendency, but maybe that was wishful thinking.
Actually, that was Southern Illinois, which is where he was before he cam to Illinois. There was a report that he was offered the position. Obviously, there was something wrong with that report because the job wound up going to Barry Hinson, the former Missouri State coach who is on the Kansas staff.
I think Weber is a good coach but he's a midwest guy and not a good fit here. His recruiting struggles are noteworthy -- people talked about Chicago but he didn't get into the other hotbed of Peoria either. But Illinois' history in Chicago is pretty close to our problems in Dallas. It should be easy to recruit to but some reason it hasn't been.
In Weber's his defense, Brandon Paul was a pretty good player. I just think that everything internally spiraled to the point where the momentum couldn't be stopped. And Illinois did beat Ohio State and Michigan State this year, so it wasn't like the Illini were god awful.
Keep in mind, the huge buyout Weber has at Illinois (I think it's $3.9 million over 3 years), he doesn't have to take a job because he needs one. Of course, if he's really involved with us, we don't have to pay him a lot unless there is something in that buyout that would affect its value should he take another job.
Just get ready for that high-pitched voice.
Ha! K-State didn't want to Hire Doug Gottlieb with Doherty coming on board as an assistant?
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