And this may turn out to be true. The guy’s record speaks for itself. And as we said, right now, Wake Forest is the only open job that matters. Only one coach has better odds, per Sportsline, in being the next hire at the program. He claimed a .740 winning percentage with the Buckeyes, including 24 wins in 37 NCAA Tournament games. It’s still in the ACC and a basketball program is very small by nature. Via Sportsline Oddsmakers, eight coaches are on the initial list of potential hires for the Demon Deacons, including a few former assistants. Why take this job (or any) in the near future? I donât see ant âno-brainerâ jobs for him right now. He has coached Greensboro since 2011. Roy Williams was an assistant when Kansas boldly hired him. That’s what this search is about. A former guard at Division II Georgia College, the 43-year-old Grant has earned CAA Coach of the Year honors during his tenure at Charleston. It’s very small. Beilein made $4MM with the Cavaliers this season and $2.5MM during his final year at Michigan. If his health is in order at 52 years old, Matta could be a long-term option with a winning pedigree at Wake Forest unless the decision-makers go in a younger direction. The search firm contacts agents to gauge interest, so they don’t have to talk directly to the coaches. He’s the real deal and proved it in Cameron last fall, giving Duke a hell of a game. A former player at James Madison and walk-on for Roy Williams at North Carolina, Miller was an assistant coach at Elon University under head coach, Ernie Nestor, for the 2008-2009 season before moving to an assistant coach role on Scott Cherry's staff at High Point for the 2009-2010 season. The word: The odds-on favorite to land the job, what are the realistic chances Miller could move from the SoCon to the ACC? The Demon Deacons have some issues but also a real opportunity. He’ll have to accept less money than he’s worth if he wants a job for next season. He started at Charleston in 2014 after a five-year stint at Clemson. Impressive. We refer, naturally, to Stephen F. Austin’s Kyle Keller. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. (Photo: Jeffrey Becker, USA TODAY Sports), (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports), they couldn't reach under Manning over the past six seasons, initial list of potential hires for the Demon Deacons, and at least five candidates are currently in consideration. “After a comprehensive review of the men's basketball program, and with the support of President Hatch and University leadership, I have determined that it is time for a change in our head coaching position,'' AD John Currie said in a statement. Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard? They may be under some pressure or just ready to go. The whole thing about Wake being such a small school? Forbes, currently killing it at ETSU, worked for Billy Gillispie at Texas A&M and Bruce Pearl at Tennessee. There was plenty of doubt when Bill Foster was hired in 1974. Other than saying he’s a good man, no one has defended Manning. However, it may not. But, I do see him relaxing, watching tv, and following Hoops Rumors while receiving a 250k direct deposit every two weeks from the Cavs. The firm gets a list together and then shares it with the A.D. or search committee and they decide who the best candidates are. At Michigan for 12 seasons, Beilein went 278-150 (126-92 Big Ten) with nine NCAA tournament appearances, five Sweet 16s, three Elite Eights and two runner-up finishes. And Manning, while always a gentleman, has always been a very quiet fellow. Wojo? Wichita’s Gregg Marshall? His offense was boring and he had no desire to talk to the media or supporters, which really killed any support he might have had. Most of you already know how this works but if you don’t know, here’s the deal. We’ll just put our standard plug in for Northwest Missouri State coach Ben McCollum. The word: Matta hasn't coached since 2017 after resigning at Ohio State, so if he still wants to coach, the Demon Deacons could at least give him a ring. Wake Forest fires Danny Manning … The need for a big-name replacement makes Beilein the best available candidate, according to Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News. The word: Wake Forest fans should recognize Ryan Odom, the son of former Demon Deacons coach Dave Odom. More importantly, it’s an adventure because as much fun as sustained winning is, and it really is, building something that lasts is an incredible thing to experience. A Really Good Article About The Upcoming Kinston Basketball Documentary. For the second time in his career, A.D. John Currie faces a very challenging hire (the first time was at Tennessee when a fan revolt forced the university to dump Currie’s football hire, Greg Schiano, and then Currie himself). Anyone would want to meet someone in person before making a critical hire and that’s bound to be doubly true for Currie after the Schiano disaster. ACC jobs don’t come along very often. And the overall economy limits how much most schools can pay. Chris Carrawell is one of the best people to come through Duke. So Currie has a lot to think about and a painful previous failure to inform his ultimate decision. The Demon Deacons wouldn't have to worry about a buyout since Matta isn't coaching at the moment and he is known as a strong recruiter. In other words, the empty seats and fleeing donors were costing more than the buyout would. Needless to say, these are very different schools and situations. There are a lot of coaches out there who want to make a move for whatever reason, and the only real option is Wake Forest. The Bzdelik revolt was long, ugly and destructive. Thaddeus Matta would be a great hire for Wake Forest. Wake Forest never able to post a .500 record in the ACC under Manning and finished 12th or worse in the conference in five of his six seasons. Wake Forest Basketball Head Coaching Search Hot Board. Community Shootaround: How Many More Rings For LeBron? As you may have heard, Wake decided to use a search firm. Third, the pandemic makes interviews very difficult. Like anything else, what we call the coaching carousel is a market and right now, Wake is the only significant school marketing an opportunity. Interviews reportedly began on Sunday, with several names emerging. He was the perfect fit for a long time. Log in Register, Beilein Not A Candidate In Wake Forest’s Coaching Search, Lakers, Pistons May Resume Derrick Rose Trade Talks, Rockets Owner Believed Chris Paul’s Contract Was The Worst He’d Ever Seen, Rockets’ Coaching Search Focused On JVG, Silas, Lucas, Clippers To Promote Tyronn Lue To Head Coach, Warriors Expected To Have Interest In Dwight Howard, Eastern Notes: Craig, Harris, Raptors, Hawks, Atlantic Notes: Rivers, Westbrook, TLC, Celtics, And-Ones: Stoudemire, Ndour, COVID-19, Poirier. He was the right hire at the right time. He and his wife fell in love with the city and university. What are his options and limitations? He’ll get the fans to buy in, and the donors. Think about this: what if he offered to pay the buyout if his son gets the job? The general consensus is that with the buyout and the economic situation, Wake Forest is pretty limited. The talent cratered out after K’s first year but there wasn’t much doubt Duke could do it because it already had. Beilein, the former West Virginia Mountaineers (2002-07) and Michigan Wolverines (2007-19) head coach, resigned Feb. 19 during his first season leading the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Northwest Notes: Conley, D. Jones, Anthony, Thunder, Draft Notes: Pro Days, No. As the news of Wake’s parting ways with Danny Manning settles in across the ACC, the reactions have been interesting. First, as we suggested above, there are a lot of guys every year who would like to make a move. ... Slot to Wake Forest Demon Deacons Newsletter; Slot to Wake Forest … Many of the usual suspects, as listed above, have ties to Wake Forest. Next season could be worse. The rest of them were not even close and some were humiliating losses. The coach may not be able to meet his new players in person for a while. He managed three straight 20-win seasons to start his tenure before falling back a bit this season. Anthony Grant at Dayton? Beilein compiled a 14-40 record in Cleveland and experienced frequent problems relating to players before resigning in February. Duke had made the Final Four in ‘78 and the Elite Eight in ‘80. If you can win in Nacogdoches, you can probably win in Winston-Salem too. Update - Evan Daniels reports that Wake Forest is using the search firm Ventura Partners, which means that they are probably pretty close on a replacement. And if getting a job in a major conference is his goal, this is his only current option. You can look it up if you want to, but he only won one post-season game, and that was by one point. The best team in the Big West Conference this season, UC Irvine was likely. Wes Miller went to UNC but his father is a major Wake donor. We do know the names that have been mentioned a lot: Wes Miller, Steve Forbes, Pat Kelsey (Winthrop), Lane Odom (UMBC), Bob Richey (Furman) and LeVelle Moton (NCCU). We think that may be somewhat oversold as well. He has posted five consecutive seasons of at least 24 wins with the Buccaneers and holds a career winning percentage of .751 (130–43). We think that’s oversold. The word: Turner has Wake Forest ties after coaching as an assistant under Dave Odom from 1994-2000 and has been at his current stop out West for 10 seasons. It doesn’t matter if Wake Forest can’t hire John Beilein or Anthony Grant. He was reassigned to another job with the organization and still has a five-year contract with the team, but the Cavs are considered very likely to let him go if he gets another NCAA opportunity. "We thank Coach Manning, Julie and Evan for their service to Wake Forest and for their commitment to our student-athletes and the Winston-Salem community over the past six years.”.
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