It's was a sobering feeling this morning when I saw down to write a post. I realized that the basketball season is officially over, the lacrosse team isn't very good, and since I don't visit Scout.com every ten minutes, I don't really care too much about spring football practice. I find myself without purpose, at least for the time being. I'm sure a lacrosse player will beat a freshman with a tire iron or Juli Boeheim will make an appearance on a morning show and I'll jump all over it. But dare I say we might have to reach outside the box for a little while to find interesting things to discuss.
Speaking of people searching for their purpose...not to get all Seinfeld on you, but what's the deal with college coaches willingly taking steps backwards these days directly from their current positions? In a matter of days we've learned that Steve Alford is leaving the Big Ten Conference and Iowa to take over at New Mexico in the Mountain West and now Tubby Smith is leaving powerhouse Kentucky to take over at mighty Minnesota. I don't blame Alford or Smith for wanting out of souring situations, but, this is intriguing to say the least. Alford's whole deal was that he didn't want to be at a "football-first" school.
First of all, when it comes down to it, there is no such thing as a basketball-first school (The ACC expansion should have taught you that). Second of all, I can rattle off a dozen schools within 100 miles of Iowa that fit that "criteria." But New Mexico? Is that the Lobo one or the...other...one?
Now the question is, is Alford trying to get away from the onslaught of pressure in Iowa? Cause if that's the case, Stevie, try walking a mile in Tubby Smith's shoes. His every move has been scrutinized since the day he got there, he won a championship but was second-guessed since it was with Pitino's guys, never missed the postseason but it wasn't good enough and no one has a nice thing to say about him other than the fact that he's a nice guy. (I forgot if I was talking about Tubby or Larry Coker for a second there). As for Minnesota, maybe it's the right fit after all. He'll coach in a big conference, expectations are middling and certainly nothing like Kentucky and he'll get to fall back into relative obscurity.
The question everyone is asking now is, who's gonna replace these guys? Sadly for the Big East, the answer in Kentucky might include Marquette's Tom Crean. For his part, this is all news to Crean. Let's hope its becomes old news quickly.
May Jimmy B coach forever so we never have to deal with this nonsense.