COACHING RUMORS SWIRLING AROUND LIKE A HURRICANE

Tulsa Coach Bill Self recently announced that he would be staying on as the
Head Coach at the University of Tulsa. He reportedly turned down a 4 year
offer from the University of Nebraska worth around $1 million per year.

Tulsa had pooled their resources together to bring Self’s salary up to
around $800,000 per year, along with a $1 million annuity package. The
Hurricanes were determined to keep this year’s hot young couch in Tulsa and
out of the eye of the storm. Coach Self’s took his team to the Elite Eight
and compiled a stellar 32-5 record. In a year in which there have been
relatively few coaching changes, his name had been bounced around the most

With Self’s decision to stay at Tulsa, Nebraska now renews their search for
the person to lead their team. There are still rumors floating around that
Colorado St.’s Ritchie McKay is their leader of choice. Coach McKay’s squad
finished the year at 18-11 and in fourth place in the Mountain West
Conference. If Nebraska were to offer Coach McKay the same deal that they
offered Coach Self, The Rams of Colorado St. could be waving farewell to
their coach.

Other openings of note include Georgia Tech. The latest coach to spurn their
offer is Leonard Hamilton of the University of Miami. Apparently he found
the prospect of coaching in the Atlantic Coast Conference not appealing
enough to leave the Big East. His Hurricane team made a run of it’s own in
this year’s tournament beating Arkansas and Ohio St. before falling to
Self’s Tulsa team.

Perry Clarke of Tulane is the latest name to be tossed around as the new
leading candidate for the Georgia Tech job. Keep looking for a surprise name
to come into the running for this job late. More on that later.

One non-rumor of particular interest is the Rick Majerus. For the first time
– in a long time — his name has not been mentioned for jobs like Georgia
Tech or Nebraska. Maybe A.D.’s are leery of Majerus with his past history of
being courted by schools only to drop out at the last minute. Maybe his
price tag scares them off, although it would be hard to believe that
Nebraska’s offer to Self would not also be inticing to Majerus. Whatever the
case may be, colleges no longer seem interested in what was once to be
considered the best coach in the game. What a difference a year makes.