Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Checking it Twice

Written for your enjoyment by: Raff

I'm going to be honest, I don't think you're going to see a lot of information about the next Mount basketball coach, until there actually is a next Mount basketball coach. Athletic Director Lynne Phelan Robinson declined to name names in this mornings Frederick Post  This is the first time in 57 years that there has been a search. I think they are going to spend some time finding the next coach, yet I don't think it will drag on.

Here is what I know....

There are a lot of people expressing interest in the position.

The thought among the coaching community is that the jumping from Mt. St. Mary's to Holy Cross is a bit of a lateral move - and that doesn't help to attract the next coach. Because it means 1 of 2 things, A) The pay is a lot more at Holy Cross or a lot less at Mt. St. Mary's - depending on which way you look at it. B) The Mount and the NEC aren't direct lines to the level of coaching stops that most people are ultimately trying to achieve.

I think there is a sentiment that finding someone who would be interested in the longevity of the position is appealing.

There is an assistant on the Notre Dame staff with ties to the area - played at DeMatha. Rob Balanis Marty Ingelsby is a name you may want to familarize yourself with.

It's always been known that the Mount is one of the smallest athletic budgets in the land. So that probably means, without an increased commitment to the program, you aren't going to draw interest from too many other Head Coaches. Cliff Warren at Jacksonville might be the one exception, by my guess is Warren would have to settle for less on the payscale.

A lot of local people are pushing for Tom Dickman, who was the coach at TJ in Frederick before moving onto Hood College. He might be the under the radar selection, but he knows X & O's and would have the tie to the community.

Two other names I've heard mentioned around Akbar Waheed an assistant at Niagara with DC ties and Bill Courtney the former assistant at Mason, now at Virginia Tech.

And the players - past, present and future - seem to have a real passion for the hiring coming from within, meaning Brion Dunlap would move one seat over on the bench.

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  1. Richard4:24 AM

    Hey did you hear that RMU got Yann Charles? We are screwed now for years to come unless Charles goes to the draft.MSM will be lucky to make it past 5th place. QU has it, until the following year when RMU reigns for a good while, RMU may even do it again this coming year. MSM is screwed. Hey Jim!!!!!! Get up and and kick Rat's butt. Lets get Patsos to the rescue!

  2. Richard4:32 AM

    If the NEC is so low paying then how can Rice get so much?

  3. I saw they got him. My philosophy is always they are recruits until they become players. We'll see.

    Rice is the frontrunner at Rutgers. He apparently turned down Tulane waiting for this job to open.

    His new contract - and the additional signings will give him more leverage in the process, but there is definite interest on both sides. I'd be surprised if he's not the Rutgers head coach by next week at this time.

  4. Richard1:19 PM

    Oh Raff I sure hope so. I was just kidding about MSM being so bad. It's just out of the blue all this has happened- lose Brown, then RMU gets these bigtime recruits. It's like my whole world gets turned upside down. I think my upcoming vacation to Florida is well needed. I am going on May 15 til the following week. if I don't soon get away, Im gonna go half nuts, unless I am already at that stage, lol.

  5. icepack2:35 PM

    The 'big time recruits' are not at all highly rated or recruited (none as high as Raven Barber), exception being O'Neal who is coming from a JC. However, he may have other problems - we shall see.

    Mount to interview coaching candidates early next week. Stay tuned for an early announcement and a recruiting surprise.

  6. Anonymous2:54 PM

    How about you just tell us what the recruiting surprise is?

  7. Anonymous3:48 PM

    ...cause then it wouldn't be a surprise?

  8. Anonymous10:39 PM

    Cornell will make their choice tomorrow. Might affect Mount's choice.