SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Gerry McNamara, assistant coach of the Syracuse Orange warms up before the game against the Colgate Raiders at the Carrier Dome on November 19, 2011 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Nate Shron/Getty Images)
For reasons still not explained, commenter ex-townie was watching the Tennessee vs. Georgia game last night when a curious stat popped up on the screen.
Watching the Tennessee vs. Georgia game and the commentators did some research and said that the Tennessee coaching staff scored a total of 5381 points, #1 in all of hoops. They showed the top five teams (Auburn and Valpo were second and third) and I was surprised to see that Syracuse wasn't one of them, with Jim, GMAC, Red and Laz on it.
The TNIAAM research team went to work and here's what they discovered:
The top ten list resides here (for now...). The Tennessee staff consists of Cuonzo Martin, Jon Harris, Tracy Webster and Kent Williams, all four of whom played college ball.
Martin scored 1,666 points at Purdue from 1992-95. Webster was a Big Ten contemporary of Martin's, scoring 1,264 at Wisconsin from 1991-94. Harris tallied 439 points from 1999-2002 while playing alongside Dwyane Wade at Marquette, and Williams ended his career as the second leading scorer in Southern Illinois history with 2,012 points.
Now, we have to note that this number only includes actual coaches on the staff and not any directors or grad assistants, so Lazarus Sims and his 385 points are not eligible.
As for those who are eligible, help us out OrangeHoops...
Gerry McNamara - 2,099
Adrian Autry - 1,538
Jim Boeheim - 745
Mike Hopkins - 628
Grand Total: 5,010
So the current Syracuse Orange coaching staff should be No. 2 on that list and join Tennessee as the only two staffs with over 5,000 career points. And of course, SU's staff should get bonus points since all four players played for the Orange as well.
FYI, before we start yelling conspiracy theory, know that this list was compiled in October, before Gerry McNamara joined the staff officially. It might not include Adrian Autry's numbers either.
But please, Tennessee Media Relations, feel free to update that list when you have a moment.