Oregon hosted the first of a series of open houses last night at Matthew Knight Arena, which opened its doors to the public for the first time. Fans marveled at the unfinished product.
Of course, what was missing was a new head coach to welcome in the people who Oregon hopes will pack the place. If they check out the team's Web site, they'll learn that the lucky guy is named "Coach TBA."
Oregon clearly doesn't have a clue if it is just searching for the next hot name to fill its vacancy. It's so obvious that most of these schools don't have a plan when they fire their coach. You must have an idea of who you can get, and there are ways to do it, before you decide to get rid of your coach. Oregon wasn't going to nab any of the elite names in the game.
If a decision is to go back to one of the candidates who was unofficially contacted, such as Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon or Mark Turgeon of Texas A&M, Oregon will have to raise its offer, because those coaches have now accepted extensions to their current deals, with financial raises.
If the offers need to get very high, maybe it pushes Oregon into a really striking monetary offer to one of the nation’s highest-paid coaches, such as Tom Izzo of Michigan State ($2.8 million) or Billy Donovan of Florida ($3.5 million).
Or maybe Oregon should have stuck it out with Kent?