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RE: Conference RPI Rankings
(01-17-2019 11:38 AM)GoldenWarrior11 Wrote:  Long-term, for the PAC, they need to follow the model that the SEC had when they hired Mike Tranghese as a basketball-consultant. He encouraged programs to hire name coaches, pump a little bit more resources into the basketball-side of things, and schedule tougher OOC. I believe he was a big reason why so many SEC schools began to hire "proven" name coaches like Avery Johnson (Alabama), Rick Barnes (Tennessee), Ben Howland (MSU), Tom Crean (Georgia) and Cuonzo Martin (Missouri) in recent years. Toss those names in with guys like Calipari, Mike Anderson, Bruce Pearl, Frank Martin and Billy Kennedy, you have a pretty successful collection of conference coaches. The improvements have definitely shown.

No disrespect to the current PAC coaches, but very few have them have had tournament success at their current schools. Sean Miller, Dana Altman and Larry Kryskowiak all have, but the rest have not. Ernie Kent, while successful at Oregon, has not been competitive at WSU. Similarly, Oregon State has been a door-mat for the conference for quite some time. Mike Hopkins appears to be doing good things at Washington, I expect them to continue progressing into the future (unless he gets poached by Syracuse when Boeheim inevitably retires), as has Bobby Hurley at ASU (although I could see him returning to the East Coast in coming years). However, Stanford (Haase), California (Jones) and UCLA (N/A) are all dramatically underachieving. A number of those schools really need to invest in proven-name head coaches to help get PAC Basketball back on track.

It would be pretty cool to see someone like Earl Watson hired at UCLA, or Jason Kidd at California, as that appears to be a growing trend in college basketball these days (Penny - Memphis, Ewing - Georgetown, Mullin - St. John's). Frankly, I think the WCC has some really strong coaches (in addition to Mark Few) that could do well at a number of those programs. The WCC has done a great job at getting fits for their basketball programs (Randy Bennett, Mike Dunlap, Lorenzo Romar, Herb Sendek).

I would agree that there are some Pac-12 schools that need to upgrade the head coaching position. Romar got fired at UW and Sendek as fired at ASU. They both had some success, but not enough. Bennett is not leaving St. Mary's and Dunlap has to win at LMU to attract interest.

UCLA needs to get this right. Money will not be the issue, but they have to get a coach that is good with the media, personable and can convince the players to play for the front of the jersey, not the back. Earl Watson would not be my choice. Watson needs to prove himself at another school before they take that risk.

Pac-12 basketball is a mess right now. But they are still recruiting talent. Oregon and UCLA were in the top five in basketball recruiting in 2018. Arizona and USC are the top two in basketball recruiting for 2019. In looking at an NBA draft projection for 2019 on NBA draft.net, the Pac-12 had ten players projected to get drafted, four in the first round. The AAC had zero players projected to get drafted in 2019. Obviously, that can change, but the Pac-12 has talent. Maybe they need to hire some AAC Head Coaches.
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