To be blunt, the University of Maine is a basketball wasteland. The school has never been to an NCAA tournament and hung on to previous coach Ted Woodward for 10 years despite only one winning season in the bunch.
There's precious little to suggest that any average coach can turn around this drifting ship, so the school may as well aim high.
New athletic director Karlton Creech comes to Orono from North Carolina, where he spearheaded the fundraising effort for an $88 million renovation to UNC's Kenan Memorial Stadium. His first hire will be to replace his basketball coach, and his prior connections could come in handy.
C.B. McGrath (above right with Roy Williams) has been a fixture on Williams' staff since his playing career—also under Williams—ended in 1998. He followed Williams to North Carolina, where he has remained ever since.
The extent of McGrath's head coaching experience comes to five seasons of leading UNC's junior varsity team. Eventually, one would expect that he'd decide to strike out on his own. He made comments to that effect in 2012 to Kevin Haskin of his hometown paper, the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal.
“It’s nice to be an assistant coach at North Carolina,’’ said McGrath, “but at some point you’ve got to move on, be on your own and see if you can be successful.’’
Another comment in the above interview suggested that proximity to family could be part of his criteria, and that could make Maine a difficult sell to a son of the heartland. Creech, however, managed a tough sale to North Carolina boosters on the Kenan renovation, so don't expect him to shy away from this one.