Billy Gillispie, two years removed from leading the University of Kentucky, reportedly was on the list. Ditto Tim Floyd, just out of USC.
So when athletic director Mack Rhoades made the announcement that the new men's basketball coach at the University of Houston would be James Dickey, instead of thunderous applause and giddy exclamation points on message boards, the reaction was more like, "Huh?"
Critics panned the hire, even if it did fit perfectly with Conference ...
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