That is to say that Barry Collier
leaving, while certainly a blow as far as timing, seems to have drawn about as
much real interest as all those times
Yeah, you get the point.
What was of interest, though, and you'd have to say it is intense, isn't about him leaving, but who will be there to over the job.
That brings up the irony of this press conference, at least for me, in that as Steve Pederson read from his script, he addressed what I thought was every single criticism he received during the much maligned coaching search to replace the fired Frank Solich.
People complained that the A.D. didn't keep anyone informed, basically keeping this search to himself, the one-man committee slated to address the dire situation with the bread and butter program of the University. To that end Pederson addressed in detail just how this process would begin, actually stating what he called his "outline" would be in regard to just what was to occur.
Let us outline the process we
will go through to select a new men's basketball coach, Pederson said. "We have
already begun the process of identifying the very best candidates for the
"I will lead the search, assisted by Marc Boehm, and we will keep Chancellor Perlman fully informed on the progress of the search, he continued. "Ultimately, Chancellor Perlman will interview the finalists and we will make our recommendation to him for our next coach."
Another criticism of the search for a football was that when it seemed he had put all of his options into one coach (Current Pitt head coach Dave Wanstedt), he wasn't prepared to look for another, prompting what was consider a slew of offers, which were all turned down until Bill Callahan accepted the position.
Pederson addressed at least the potential situation, where it's likely that they will be talking to many coaches during this particular time period. "We would also note that talking with a coach does not mean that we are offering them a job," he said. "We plan to do a lot of talking with people to determine the right fit. It may be that after discussions we will decide it is not the right fit, or that after talking, the coach will determine that it is not the right fit."
And perhaps the most crucial point of those criticisms were inspired from Pederson's seeming attempt at not just keeping the process to himself, but making himself the only part who had any say in who Nebraska was looking at, what the timetable was and, of course, who ultimately got the job.
From his statements, which
mentioned potentially hiring an outside firm to get the search underway to that
I guess you could call that "step one."
What's step two?
Actually finding someone and doing it in less than three weeks, the amount of time before the semester is officially underway. "The timing of this opening is unusual. We hope top candidates will be available to move," Pederson said. "If the timing becomes a road block, we will look at possible interim solutions. However, that is not our first priority."
The list of candidates will no
doubt be long for the
While the search goes on,
The good news, though, during all of this, at least from one player's standpoint is that while the head coach is gone, the future of the assistants uncertain, the rest of the team will remain. "I have talked to every single player on the team and nobody is talking about leaving," senior guard Charles Richardson said. "It's going to be a time for adjustment, but I think we'll be fine."
Considering the rather anti-climactic conclusion to this head coaching ordeal, it's logical to assume that Pederson and company have a firm list of candidates already in place. With that in mind, while the timing will continue to be a road block of sorts, it's not unreasonable to think that a solid coach is out there for the taking.
With the Collier chapter closed,
it's unsure if the hype around the
The next question to be answered
will be pointed toward the issue of getting a "name" to come to
The good thing and one other issue that we can assume won't take place as it did with the football team is that there will be a lot of time to wait.
When the waiting is over, it's doubtful that anyone outside of the most diehard supporter will ring this in as a new era in the history of the basketball program. It may very well be that, but that's the good side of actually having the perception of being a sub par program. There isn't the pressure to win now. There isn't the intensity that comes with instantaneous post-season aspirations, along with the automatic assumption of conference dominance.
It's a come-as-you-are program,
waiting for someone to take over and move