The firing of Tennessee State head coach Travis Williams had led me back to a great article written shortly after his hiring by the late Nashville City Paper. The paper filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get a hold of emails to the school’s athletic director, showing interest from coaches across the nation, including Terry Johnson, an assistant under former Butler head coach Brad Stevens, former TSU assistants Scott Monarch and Joe Esposito, on staff at the time at Marquette and Minnesota; Lipscomb assistant Pete Froedden and Middle Tennessee State assistant Win Case. The list is quite extensive, even longer than what I’ve mentioned.
The article makes the case that the school didn’t perform a national search, likely in a move to save money. (The school didn’t pay a search committee for a national search, and paid the first-time head coach Williams just $130,000, the second lowest salary of any OVC men’s head basketball coach.) Now, just two years, and presumably $260,000 later, the school and coach are parting ways, and it’s hard to make the case the school isn’t worse for the wear.
There’s no reason to place blame on any of the above on Williams, who simply was unable to recruit quickly enough to replace a senior class from last season that was arguably one of the most talented in school history. But with another coaching search ahead of them, and their reputation a bit tarnished compared to two years ago, one has to wonder what position they would be in today had they gone with one of the many other coaches who expressed interest.
Every summer, Murray State fans are used to being on coach watch, but this year it could be an assistant heading to higher ground? Yesterday, Appalachian State fired head coach Jason Capel after four seasons. The one name many media members are bouncing around:
Murray State assistant and ASU alumnus Matt McMahon.
Based on recent statements from ASU’s athletic director, McMahon isn’t exactly his first pick, saying yesterday he wanted a head coach with ‘experience.’ And with rumors swirling about Alabama’s head coach’s future, the alma matter of Murray State head coach Steve Prohm, McMahon could potentially find himself in the running (read: the frontrunner) to take over the Racers.
Either way, the yearly coaching carousel is just getting underway.
Southeast Missouri could soon see some big improvements to their home arena, the Show Me Center. According to the Southeast Missourian, the proposals for the building include lighting upgrades, a new scoreboard, a new sound speaker, and larger restrooms. The 27-year old building is a multi-purpose building, used not only for basketball games but concerts and car shows.
The process is still in it’s early stages. Consultants are currently looking at areas to improve, and won’t report back until June. I’d say it’s highly unlikely any major changes would come before this next basketball season.