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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Big Ten Basketball Jobs Are the New Thing This Spring

So if Michigan and Minnesota were eyeballing each other, looking at several of the same candidates to run their men's basketball programs, what happens now that Steve Alford is looking to bolt Iowa for the head coaching gig at New Mexico?

According to ESPN.com's Andy Katz, this is close to a done deal, and unless negotiations hit a snag, Alford will be announced as the Lobos' new coach on Friday.

Now we're looking at three head coach openings in the Big Ten? (Well, maybe it's two, if the Gophers job belongs to Flip Saunders.) The competition for coaching talent is suddenly getting pretty fierce.

On the bright side for the Iowa athletic department, at least they no longer have to worry about not being able to buy the FireSteveAlford.com domain now.

Meanwhile, here's a conversation topic you can discuss amongst yourselves: Is Iowa a better job than Michigan?

I'm sure I can guess what Wolverines fans would say, but I'd argue that they're remarkably similar, especially in terms of fan support. Iowa might have better facilities, but Michigan has a deeper pool of talent to recruit. But up until last season, I'd say Alford was under just as much pressure (if not more, due to the Pierre Pierce scandal) and scrutiny as Tommy Amaker.

UPDATE (3/22 - 2:30 a.m.): The Daily Iowan, the University of Iowa student newspaper, is reporting that Alford will inform his players of the move this morning at a team meeting.

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  • At March 22, 2007 12:27 AM, Blogger Kurt said…

    Still 3.


    That one says Saunders has no interest in the MN job.

  • At March 22, 2007 2:48 AM, Blogger twins15 said…

    For proximity reasons, the Gophers are my favorite team after the Bruins.

    I have to say, I wish the Wolverines had kept Amaker (and not just because he hasn't done anything! :)), because it sure looks like the Michigan job is more enticing than the Gophers job.

    I'm sure both schools would love Lon Kruger, but I'm guessing he's staying. My guess for the Gophers is that they quickly go after Sean Miller from Xavier. Young guys, success early... wouldn't be too bad.

  • At March 22, 2007 3:16 AM, Blogger Ian C. said…

    Thanks for the correction, Kurt. That's what I get for not reading Detroit Bad Boys.

    I apologize, Matt.

  • At March 22, 2007 9:33 AM, Anonymous Doug Hill said…

    Sure looks like Sean Miller and Chris Lowery and Dana Altman and the rest will have their pick of jobs this off season.


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