Passing up on big name hires is Jeremy Foley’s game.
In 1996 while starting out as Athletic Director for the University of Florida, a relative unknown of sorts was plucked out of Marshall when Florida was the bridesmaid for any appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
Billy Donovan was hired after Lon Kruger was let go, Florida goes on a rampage, and the rest they say is history.
Enter Michael White who was hired late on Thursday to replace the one time player known as “Billy The Kid.” White was a supreme SEC recruiter who went 101-40 in his four year stint at Louisiana Tech. His teams were only good enough to reach the NIT second round the last two seasons.
Time will tell if this hire eventually works out for future Sweet 16 or Final Four success. It is still Kentucky’s conference to lose going forward, until John Calipari decides to go another online rant saying he would like to do something else with the remaining years of his career instead of dropping his use of the platoon system like your mother’s and father’s audio cassettes in favor of ripped and legally burned CD’s.
Wichita State gains big man to replace Darius Carter
Power forward Anton Grady will transfer from Cleveland State, but he is eligible to play as a graduate transfer during the 2015-2016 season since he just earned his Bachelor’s degree.
He is listed at 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, who averaged 14.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last season for the Vikings. Wichita State not only is bringing back their beloved coach in Gregg Marshall, but will also have the services of seniors to be with forward Ron Baker and the steady guard play of Fred VanVleet. I expect the Shockers (barring any dropoff in play during the Missouri Valley slate of games) to be back in the NCAA Tournament when my annual pre-season preview is posted the week of Halloween.