Just minutes after it looked like the coaching carousel had closed up for the summer…this happened. The Tennessean is reporting that John Cooper is leaving Tennessee State to take the reigns at Miami (Ohio).
Cooper will take over for the legendary Charlie Coles, who retired from coaching after this season.
Cooper’s stock was clearly on the rise in Nashville, after turning around a 9-23 team his first season to 20-11 this past, including being the only team in the regular season to knock off the Murray State Racers.
In all honesty, the Tigers probably would have been even better this next season. And they still can be.
But for that to happen, TSU must, in my view, find a new head coach much faster than, say, Eastern Illinois just did, and a lot faster than the school’s search for a women’s coach has gone. They have a lot of talent returning, and they need a new coach to essentially try and hold everyone together before anyone gets too transfer happy.
This isn’t a perfect move for Cooper, but a good one. He’s going to an established program in the MAC, but one coming off their worst season over the last 20 years, and the Redhawks haven’t won in the NCAA Tournament since the 90’s. But, it was also a very young team last year, with only 2 seniors graduating and only one junior.