This Week's Question: Who Will be Arizona's Big-Name Coach Next Year?
Its safe to assume Arizona will go big-time when hiring a full-time coach to replace retired legend Lute Olson. Who do you think Arizona will hire? Or who do you think they should hire? Some potential candidates that have been thrown around media articles and message boards includes:
CHN writers take a shot at some random predictions and evaluations.. and the results are mostly you'd expect.. with some intriguing exceptions.
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TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona director of athletics Jim Livengood announced the men’s basketball coaching responsibilities for the 2008-09 season in the wake of Lute Olson’s retirement Thursday.
Russ Pennell will serve at the interim head coach, while associate head coach Mike Dunlap and assistant coach Reggie Geary will remain in their current positions.
“Russ is a veteran assistant coach with a wealth of coaching experience,” said Livengood. “His experience of working in three of the best basketball conferences in the nation will serve us well.”
According to ESPN's Dick Vitale, Arizona head basketball coach Lute Olson will be stepping down, ending his 24-year run at the school. The reason cited by Vitale in an interview on ESPN News about fifteen minutes ago was Coach Olson's health. "You know Michelle [LaFountain], I know it will be denied but it's a lot of physical problems," said Vitale in the TV spot this morning. According to the Hall of Fame announcer, associate head coach Mike Dunlap will take over on an interim basis with Arizona conducting a national search for a successor.
ESPN* is reporting that Lute Olson will step down as Arizona head basketball coach. However, as noted in the ESPN report, Arizona has strictly denied this development. This report comes a day after Olson missed a practice and a usual Rotary Club luncheon due to health reasons. Arizona staff simply claimed Olson wasn't feeling well.
Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana University has officially signed Tom Crean to lead the Hoosiers men's basketball program to a 10-year contract that will pay him $600,000 per year in base salary and an additional $15.72 million in outside marketing and promotional income during the life of the deal. The agreement is retroactive to April 2, 2008 and expires on June 30, 2018.