Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Top 50 coaches: No. 23 Greg McDermott
By Eamonn Brennan
Editor's note: Over the next five weeks, we will reveal the top 50 coaches in college basketball as decided by our ESPN Forecast panel. Today we unveil No. 23: Creighton's Greg McDermott. On Thursday, we release No. 22.
That's the big question many will ask about McDermott, the hangover to what was otherwise one of his best years as both a coach and a father. Now that Doug McDermott, one of the best and most productive players in college hoops history -- the runaway 2013-14 national player of the year and the sport's fifth-leading scorer all-time -- has graduated to the NBA, what will his father do at Creighton?
It is not an unfair question. After all, before Doug McDermott transformed from a player his own father essentially passed on, Greg McDermott needed a lifeline out of Iowa State. Before he took the Cyclones job in 2006, Greg McDermott had a more-than-solid tenure at Northern Iowa. But the Cyclones years were rough ones, and by 2010, his fourth season, the coach could surely see the writing on the wall in Ames.
Luckily, Dana Altman vacated Omaha for a chance to ride the Nike wave at Oregon. The elder McDermott moved a couple hours west and brought his son -- who was all set to play for Ben Jacobson at Northern Iowa -- along for the ride.