Texas A&M Basketball Coaching Search: Time to Consider Quin Snyder
I'm not quite sure what completely qualifies someone to be a head basketball coach at a major university at the Division I level. I sometimes think it's only wins and losses, but then Bruce Pearl is given the boot. So, of course, there are other factors.
If breaking the rules eliminates someone from consideration, it's only for those fellas who actually get caught. Unless your wins are vacated at other universities and you're able to simply move on to another gig. It all becomes so confusing for me.
But I'd be naive to think that a coach like Bruce Pearl wouldn't be able to land another coaching job at a major university at some point in his life. He's only 51 and had a great record at Tennessee.
Enter Quin Snyder and his departure at Missouri in 2006. I'm not going to retry the man and delve into the reasons he was ousted, even though the curiosity of it exists considering he could be deemed as one of the school's greatest basketball coaches of all time. I guess he just either got caught or couldn't live up to the ridiculous expectations of some fickle fans.
Is everyone worthy of redemption or at least a second chance? Outside of murder or the cover-up of one, it appears that no sin is a stop sign. Rick Pitino is fawned over by his fellow desk-mates at the CBS March Madness broadcast and even Dave Bliss was hired by a CBA franchise after the Baylor mess.
In Quin Snyder, we have a man who was a McDonald's All-American, played in and coached multiple Final Fours while at Duke and took the Missouri Tigers to deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. After his ouster at Missouri, he became the head coach of the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League after the unexpected death of legend Dennis Johnson.
I watched many games coached by Snyder during his time with the Toros, and it was obvious that this man loves to coach. Couple that with his winning percentage at both Missouri and Austin, and it's evident that his desire equates to victories.
And something must be said for a man, who was once considered the hot new face of college basketball, to take a demotion of sorts and coach in the minor leagues to crowds of less than 2,000. Not only is there little fanfare in the D-League, there is little pay and the travel is on par with little league baseball teams.
Ego is not an issue with Snyder, as I've seen some suggest on numerous "Mizzou" message boards. At least ego isn't an issue anymore, even if it was in the past.
He's from an area of the West Coast that has produced talents such as Jason Terry, Rodney Stuckey, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson, Avery Bradley and Aaron Brooks, just to name a few. Pulling kids away from Lorenzo Romar may be difficult, but it's very doable.
Snyder is probably just as comfortable recruiting from the East Coast considering how much time he has spent in North Carolina and now in Philadelphia. His time in Philly should also give him some more stock with recruits who have NBA aspirations.
He spent a significant amount of time in the Big 12 from 1999 to 2006. He knows the conference, the schools and what it takes to be successful in this environment. And with his time in Austin (three years), he knows Texas.
Sometimes the man seeking redemption is your best possible candidate. Most of the time he's at least worth consideration.
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