Regarding Gottfried... it looks like he's trying to muscle his way back into the coaching ranks. If he's the best Utah can get so be it... but I have to think they're aiming higher than this.
This opening is better than what people think it is. Utah is about to join the PAC-10 (or is it 12 now) thus gaining instant prestige for being in a big 6 conference AND having some sort of winning history behind it. It's a job that with the right coach can win and win quickly as the PAC-10 is pretty much a 3 team conference with lots of ground to be made up in the middle. I'm not sure Gottfried is a good fit there, but that's their call not mine.
While I'm thinking about Gottfried... I got a few bones to pick with him. Indulge me for a minute or 10...
While I do appreciate him leading us to our 1st (and only) week as the #1 team in America (lasted a week with a loss at Utah... ironic) and the improbable run to the Elite 8, I never really got behind him as our coach. He inherited a trainwreck from Hobbs... no doubt and took us eventually to 5 straight NCAA tournaments, but is that really that big of a deal? Heck we sweated out 3 of those and when we were a 5 seed or higher we exited stage right the 1st week of the tournament.
Let me go back to before our first NCAAT under xCMG. We made it to the NIT Finals while was great considering where we were. Got beat down by Tulsa. From memory I believe he asked for and got a raise for that. A RAISE for fighting for the #65 slot in CBB? I guess good for him for getting it and bad for Mal being asleep at the wheel and giving it to him, but DAMN... how about a little more success before asking?
Fast forward to the 03-04 season where we make our improbable run to the Elite 8 (to lose to that freight train called UConn... no shame in that). Along the way we sneak out a win over SIU, then the upset over Stanford (who came in as the #1 overall seed with only 1 loss on the season), and then the following week a beatdown of defending champs Syracuse. All that is great... and if you look at our regular season you can see the improvement of the team despite the loss of Chuck Davis. Not even a week after the tournament Gottfired is looking for another raise and uses openings at a couple places (South Carolina off the top of my head) to parlay that into another payday. Again, good for him for pulling this off, but again... it's not like he was lighting the SEC basketball world on fire. IMO he again held the AD hostage and Mal caved again... paying him more than Mike Shula (I've made my rants on Shula before so I won't cover that).
We know how it all ended and it was probably about 2 years too late. Then again we probably don't have Grant if we cut our losses earlier.
All that is in the past... what irritated me recently about him was his smug, almost "I don't want them to make the tournament" attitude he put out there (at least to me and most of the people I know) regarding his in studio analysis job. He went out of his way to praise others while pretty much dogging his former employer. I get it, he's butthurt over his ouster (getting fired), but many of those kids fighting for their 1st NCAA appearance were kids he recruited and coached. I wasn't asking for him to be 'rah rah', but maybe some unbiased thought (like he supposedly paid to have) would've been nice. It was "Alabama's non-conference schedule was blah" and "UGA played tougher opponents" that really got to me. IMO he was butthurt in 2 ways...
1) for getting canned
2) seeing how Anthony Grant took mostly his players and got them to believe in themselves, play defense (gasp), and even win.
I can't stand the guy. Can't stomach watching him on TV breaking down games since I wonder if he did that while coaching the Crimson Tide his last 3 years. In retrospect the Elite 8 appearance probably did more harm to our program than good.
Note- I kept this strictly to coaching. I have no interest in personal lives.
Price to Georgia Tech is getting some legs. I don't think it'll happen, but it might not be the worst option on the table. The rumor is Mark Price comes in as HC with Kenny Anderson and Craig Neal as assistants. It's a relatively cheap and it's an appealing option to those fans of the past. Truth be told... I think any of those guys could do the job Paul Hewitt did and then some.