What's it take to be coach at Oregon?


Well, according to Oregon, it takes the following:

Bachelor's degree required. Extensive collegiate and/or professional basketball background required. Division I coaching experience required. Excellent written, interpersonal and oral communication skills required. Knowledge of NCAA rules and interpretations required. Candidates who promote and enhance diversity are strongly desired.

Yes, that is from Oregon's online job posting for its college hoops coaching vacancy, a position made available when former coach Ernie Kent was ousted at the end of this season. How much money will you make? Salary range is "commensurate with experience." What are your responsibilities? They include recruitment, scheduling, maintaining a balanced, "instruction and leadership," the selection and maintenance of team equipment, including uniforms, fundraising (as directed) and "compiling data and reports," which sounds a more like something a regular business-casual-clad worker in a cubicle farm would have on his job description. What kind of data and reports?

There's nothing particularly notable about this ad, except that it exists. Earlier this offseason, DePaul also posted a want ad for its vacant head coaching position right next to the rest of the school's ads for everything from professors to maintenance workers. When you consider that athletic directors already know who they want to hire and rarely take outside suggestions -- let alone someone who wouldn't be able to call the AD directly and pitch his case -- these ads are entirely unnecessary. But entirely enjoyable.

Anyway, if you're interested in the job, go apply. The gig might be going fast: Oregon has had face-to-face interviews with a variety of candidates and plans to hire a coach before the Final Four, according to former athletic director Pat Kilkenny, who is overseeing Oregon's coaching search committee. Get your resumes and cover letters ready, folks. Put on your finest tie from T.J. Maxx. Time is running out.