Friday, March 23, 2012
3-point shot: Coaching, player movement
By Andy Katz
1. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was recruiting at the national junior college tournament. He had not made any decision on the UAB job. But clearly, according to multiple sources, Kennedy can return to his alma mater if he so chooses. It would be a hard decision for Kennedy. Leaving a BCS school for a school in a league that is going through an uncertain future is a gamble. Of course, if there is allegiance to the alma mater and the feeling of being chased then that’s something different. But there’s no indication that’s the case. Ole Miss was horrible at times this season and Kennedy still got the Rebels to the NIT.
2. Murray State coach Steve Prohm still hasn’t decided if he’s going to stay long term with the Racers or make a full push toward the Mississippi State job. This is another tough call for Prohm. He is in a good space, has the Racer Nation pumped for the future and clearly he would like to enjoy the benefits of such a wonderful season. But does he take a bigger gig in the SEC if he can land it? The problem is that Mississippi State isn’t an easy job. The Bulldogs have had to play all over the country for games and must search for a combination of high school seniors and transfers. I’ll be very interested to see if Prohm takes a similar approach to Shaka Smart of VCU and stays where he’s most comfortable.
3. We’re getting into the silly season of players declaring for the draft without any assurances that they’ll be in the first round. The number of mistakes this spring will likely escalate without any ability for NBA personnel to snuff out foolish decisions.