As we all know by now, Gregg Marshall said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to us so we need to move on. The fanbase that is MAD at him for doing so (BY GAWD WE'RE AL-A-BAMA!) need to get over it... he did what just about anyone else would do... sized up the offer, went back to his current employer who he is happy with, and got something closer to what we offered.
No particular order here:
Archie Miller- I assume he's the top target now. Lots of upside to this one, but my concern is his offensive set. It's not that much different than our previous HC.
Shaka Smart- hopefully he's still in the mix, but I suspect Texas is wooing him. Again, one great Final Four run, but the last few years... meh.
Larry Eustachy- the one DJC and I like. Check his record at USM and Colorado St. Then go back and look at his work at Iowa St. He's a proven winner. Downside is his age, but I'm not looking for a 20 year coach so he'll fit the bill for the next 10.
Steve Prohm- working the Murray St pipeline again... I think he'd do well here as he knows our basketball culture AND would promote the hell out of it as HC. Not much of a downside outside of the fact he'd be considered a b- hire by some of the fan base. I'm not one of them.
Richard Pitino- this is coming from daddy Pitino and his relationship with CM Netwon. This one scares me as he's done worse @ Minnesota than the guy he replaced (Tubby Smith). Heck, I'd make the call to Texas tech first and gauge Tubby's interest.
Bobby Hurley- even though I side with UNC in the rivalry I would be THRILLED if he fell into our lap. While he doesn't have the HC resume of the others, he's young, energetic, and comes from a coaching family. And... he's a NYer (actually Jersey City, but he won't admit that) like me.
Tom Cream- I would like him here, but it's probably a pipedream UNLESS Indiana waives his buyout. I work in Indianapolis from time to time and know the fan base there wants him gone (and so does the AD, but are tied to his salary for a while).
Feel free to comment on any others I've missed. I know some are sad about missing out on Marshall, but unless we really screw this up I think in the end we will be better 5 yrs down the road.