While reading a CBS Sports piece regarding what universities should be realistically looking for when hiring a new coach, I was reminded me of a few oft discussed topics last May, when Maryland hired Mark Turgeon to be their next head coach of the men's basketball program.
An online debate ensued about whether some analysts were correct or not by describing the Maryland head coaching position as a top 15 job. Well, apparently, by my estimation, after reading the CBS Sports post comments, I'd say it's a resounding yes.
"I'm here to once and for all convince ADs and fans that the key to your school not looking silly during a coaching search is to set reasonable sights on one of these three things:
1. Coaches who are out of coaching2. BCS assistants
3. Non-BCS head coaches not named Mark Few, Brad Stevens or Shaka Smart.
If you're not shopping for a coach on one of those aisles you're almost certainly shopping on the wrong aisle and wasting time. For proof consider that just five of the 32 BCS-level jobs that have opened over the past three years were filled with BCS-level head coaches, and that none of them was filled by Few, Stevens or Smart. The only BCS-level head coaches who have voluntarily changed jobs over the past three off seasons are Martin (KSU to South Carolina), Mike Anderson (Missouri to Arkansas), Oliver Purnell (Clemson to DePaul), Frank Haith (Miami to Missouri) and Mark Turgeon (Texas A&M to Maryland), and Turgeon is the lone person of the group who left purely for basketball reasons."
Turgeon was the only one to leave for basketball reasons. This speaks to the drawing power of the Terps program.
After digesting the hire of Turgeon for a few weeks, I had the feeling the Terps were fortunate to land a coach who had accomplished quite a bit thus far as a Head Coach. Yet we could see we had a coach who was ready to take the next step upward in his journey with us back towards the upper echelons of college basketball.
A year later, Terps fans seem to have not been disappointed with Coach Turgeon. By my estimation, he is and will be even more than we anticipated. Let's enjoy the ride that has begun.