the guy has a proven track record of success and is one of the top mid-major recruiters in the country. Oh by the way, he also used to be an Assistant Coach at UNM. You might be familiar with his brother Mike, who is a 2x NBA Champion
every Assistant Coach in that given situation is going to be who the players want, because, who else do the players honestly really know? Any coaching hire should not be made solely on how well the candidate interviews, but also on their resume/credentials. What has Bopp done to earn a Head Coaching job, other than be at the right place at the right time?
My main concern with bopp is he has had 2 total years as an assistant coach. He gets a lot of credit for working under Shaka/billy but he wasn't an assistant coach he was grad ass/manager etc. there is a big difference when it comes to experience.
I think he is a good person and down the road will make a good head coach but if you compare his resume with the others that will be mentioned it's not even close. It will be interesting to see how things unfold.
How about if we get one of the college assistants mentioned - Miller/Barbee/Crutchfield etc., and try and keep Bopp to groom him? I didn't realize Bopp only had 2 years assistant experience. That sounds like it would be a heck of a gamble, but he has worked with Shaka Smart and Billy Donovan in other positions and he can recruit - big pluses. Honestly, Bopp included, I haven't seen a candidate that I couldn't get excited about.
I will accept whomever Moccia finally chooses. There are some candidates I like more than others. But I will try to stay open minded. I just hope whomever our new coach may be, he is a person who commands the respect of his players. He is always there for his players but not their "buddy". I really don't want a buddy buddy, nice guy, player's coach; like Menzies. They get the player's loyalty but in some cases respect and discipline are lost. To get tough guys (players), as Moccia puts it, we need a tough guy at coach. Just my opinion.