Sunday, April 05, 2015

Top candidates for the job- Avery Johnson and Steve Prohm

Reading some reports... both have been interviewed. I suspect we'll have an answer by Tuesday. It looks like Avery Johnson is the front-runner, but that is just speculation.



I'll be honest... I lean towards Prohm as he has college experience and ties to the school.Also, he's finished 1st in his division in each of his 4 years at Murray State.

Avery is more of a splash name hire that I think they'll go with since other schools have brought in big names over the past 2 years.

Below are wikipedia links:

Avery Johnson
Steve Prohm

In other rumors, there seems to be info going around that a certain ex-coach reached out to Gregg Marshall and gave an unflattering review of the program. If this is true, this ex-coach will become one of my most hated... he was allowed to leave somewhat gracefully AND with a wad of cash when he could've been sent away penniless.

Unrelated- the coaching search has generated A LOT of traffic here. Might need more gerbils to power the innernets for this page (g). Seriously, thanks for all the views... hope you stick around after the search is over.

14 comments:

citadeltidefan said...

It's a bit surprising that Gottfried has had these constant petty acts of revenge against us. Poaching our players to transfer then this. The guy should never be allowed to walk back on campus (not that he ever will probably attempt to anyway). Its infuriating that he blames UA for his downfall here rather than his own scumbag self. Hopefully, AJ can sway Hale and the players thinking about transferring to NC State to stay here.

finebammer said...

http://www.al.com/alabamabasketball/index.ssf/2015/04/avery_johnson_talks_alabama_deal.html#incart_2box

finebammer said...

@GoodmanESPN: Avery Johnson has made a verbal agreement to coach at Alabama, sources told ESPN. Contract details being finalized.

Drifter said...

Happy Resurrection Day !

finebammer said...

no surprise here. Gottfried did exactly the same thing w/ Gerald Wallace after he left for Sacramento. months of back and forth behind the scenes.

you'll not find a bigger ego in basketball.

Msmilie said...

Which is why the announcement that Avery Johnson will be the new head coach is so important. His history as a player and coach in the NBA is going to pique a lot of interest from the current players, past players and recruits. Pardon the language, but Gottfried can go fuck a duck.

It's not only Gottfried though. Anyone who thinks this isn't happening across the country haven't been looking at the steady climb of transfer numbers the last three years. Kids continue to be recruited, long after they've signed with a school and have began playing. It's disgusting, and won't be curtailed until the NCAA grows a pair and does a better job of regulating it.

But, yeah, Mark Gottfried is a scumbag if there is even an ounce of truth to that rumor.

China Bob said...

If his coaching ability matches his personality we have hit the jackpot.

RichTide said...

um...don't believe everything you read. Don't forget GM only had to walk down the hall to get a fairly good perspective of how the bball program is viewed by the PTB and Tide Pride members.

RichTide said...

pride is a deadly sin. hate the sin, not the sinner. he wasn't always that way

Msmilie said...

Oops. I forgot. Don't criticize Mark Gottfried on RichTide's watch. If you read my comment, you'll notice I wrote "if there is even an ounce of truth to that rumor", meaning my criticism only applies if shenanigans are being carried out.

I'll criticize anyone who consciously tries to lure players away from a program they're currently committed to. If Anthony Grant and his staff lured away Tarrant or Kessens, I would criticize it. If a kid wants to transfer and get a new start, I get it. Young people are fickle. Transfer away. However, if coaches are luring or persuading friends/family to lure a player away from a school, that's disgusting. I don't give a shit who's doing it.

Msmilie said...

Nah, just hate the sinner? The concept of sin doesn't exist in a vacuum. Sin itself has no conscious feeling of right or wrong. It takes a sinner to create sin. To hate the sin, not the sinner is to deprive the sinner of their responsibility to themselves and others. The sinner is the only thing worth hating.

RichTide said...

Now who's being sensitive? You repeatedly excoriated many of us for criticizing Grant's coaching failures. I've said here often, Gottfried brought a house of criticism on himself. I've never defended his shortfalls, I just don't think it's productive to get that personal or say an ex-coach can go FAD (with a token disclaimer thrown out there after the third disparaging remark). I don't get the obsession fans have with him. He is now 2 coaches and 7 yrs ago. I know it's fun to continue to b-slap him but let it go. It's like LSU fans with Saban. With the traffic this site has gotten recently I would think we'd try to stay positive going forward.



If most fans knew the petty BS thrown his way Day 1...and he was one of our own, you might give him a little more slack. All the desires/wants I've seen on this blog about what they want the Bama bball program to be, he also wanted and tried to implement, which only raised the ire of the PTB. Rather than back down, he fought back, things went south quickly, and he lost all support from the Ath Dept and PTB. Unfortunately he didn't keep his arrogance in check (his dad's advice didn't help) and he started making really bad personal choices that affected his ability to coach and manage the program. He bears the brunt of the final outcome, but not why the program didn't change under his watch. It's not so much about defending him as I choose to hate the sin not the sinner. Never enjoyable to watch someone you know morph from being a good man to throwing his entire family in a craphole with his decisions.



My frustration with Grant started about year 4 was he was given 10X the support and produced far less.



I stil say, don't believe everything you read/hear.


I don't want to get into a Deat Match duel like you and FB have. We're part of the Cecil core that doggedly supports Bama bball. We should be critical of the blue hairs and fair weather fans. I was critical of Grant. You're critical of Gottfried. Peace. Let the Avery Johnson era begin...

RichTide said...

I won't take the bait

Msmilie said...

What the hell does Anthony Grant have to do with this discussion? We're talking about Mark Gottfried. I'll get off Gottfried's back when he stops taking petty shots at Alabama and reportedly luring players away from the program. And my shot at him was in reference to the claim that he was instrumental in luring Lacey away, and is allegedly in the ear of Shannon Hale at the moment. If there is any truth to that, I don't give a damn how wonderful he was or could be, that's slimy behavior.

As far as the other stuff, you brought that up. Not me.