As we all know the end is near for CMG as coach here, I decided to think long and hard about 5 realistic current HC that would come here and would be a good fit/upgrade.
1) Anthony Grant (VCU)- he was from all reports to be the next Gator HC until Eddie Munster had a change of heart and came back. He seems to be the most popular amongst Alabama basketball fans. Me... I see him as a risk, but I'd be happy if we got him.
2) Brad Stevens (Butler)- he inherited a great situation from Todd Lickliter (who left for Iowa) winning 30 games last year. I think he's a up and coming HC, but my worry is he could be a Stan Heath in waiting... meaning he could be at his peak right now. He is in his 2nd year as HC at Butler.
3) Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech)- he's an interesting one as winning there is somewhat of a miracle especially being in the ACC. He coaches up his players... he has to. He's a 2 time ACC coach of the year. The downside... I think he's happy there, but it won't hurt to gauge his interest.
4) Tubby Smith (Minnesota)- obviously the man can coach, but can he bring in top notch players? He didn't do too well at Kentucky and he's coaching someone else's kids at Minnesota so that's a valid point. He did have success at Tulsa and UGA so maybe his niche is a school with a basketball 2nd approach.
5) Scott Drew (Baylor)- he's ressurrected a program that was Auburn bad into a top 25 team. Of the 5, I feel the most comfortable with him as he covers all the things I'm looking for: good evaluator of talent, exciting offense, and can rebuild/reload a program.
Mind you, I'm also alright with hiring a high ranking assistant coach from a top tier program. When I say top tier I'm talking UNC, UConn, Kansas, UCLA, Pitt, and other teams in that realm. I failed to mention Duke... their former assistants (Amaker, Snyder) haven't done so well as HCs
John Smoltz to the Red Su... uh Sox
While my Yankees spend the GDP of Cuba on three overpriced players (CC, Burnett, and Teixeria), the Red Sox get one of the best big game pitchers of this generation for $5 million (performance could double his salary). Great move by the Sox... if Smoltz is ready by June (and he should be) it deepens their already deep rotation. While the Yankees sign the "wow" names, the Red Sox use their financial savy to get IMO the steal of free agency.
Alabama stats compared to the nation
From statsheet.com (a great website to research teams). I pulled the offensive side.
Offense- 100 (9th SEC)
Assists- 317 (last SEC)
Rebounds- 21st (3rd SEC)
FG%- 158 (9th SEC)
We're 0-4 vs the top 100 RPI.
The state of the SEC
When the polls come out later today it will still be void of any SEC team (for the 2nd straight week). That's embarrassing. Florida probably gets in there next week providing they don't slip up, but if they do it could be another couple of weeks before Kentucky saves us from this embarrassment. SEC basketball = Big East football right now.