There’s no point in doing a candidate-by-candidate warm/cold thing until teams start dropping out of the tournament, so right now, the biggest news as it pertains to the Illinois opening are the other jobs that will be open. On that front, BIG news today:
Ben Howland to remain UCLA basketball coach lat.ms/zGOUfz
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) March 13, 2012
Dan Guerrero: “I have made the decision that the UCLA men’s basketball program will remain under Coach Howland’s leadership and direction.”
— Rahshaun Haylock (@RHaylock) March 13, 2012
Here was my secret dread that was lurking the last two weeks: UCLA goes Texas A&M football on us, gets rash and fires Ben Howland. They quickly become the top open job. They could pull from anywhere, honestly. It’s UCLA. WOODEN, people. Anyway, the UCLA opening was not the concern – it was the opening they would create when making their choice. Let’s say Thad Matta thinks it would be nice to be in a basketball-first environment. He jumps. Now we’re battling Ohio State. We’re probably losing that battle. So this is a long way of saying it bodes well for us that Ben Howland will be enjoying another year of employment.
Other, not-as-important job openings:
Multiple sources say that Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall is the favorite to replace Darrin Horn at South Carolina….
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 13, 2012
Hey, Gregg Marshall! We know him!
— ESPNDallas (@ESPNDallas) March 13, 2012
Just including because wow….from coaching at UNC to getting fired by SMU.