We'd better get in line

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  1. SabanFan

    SabanFan The voice of reason

    Oct 21, 2002
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    From ESPN:

    Thursday, March 27

    Floyd interested in returning to college coaching

    By Andy Katz

    Former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd has three decisions to make over the next week, whether to accept an offer from Clemson, a likely offer from Penn State or wait for another position to open that could be a better fit with the chance that he could take his second straight year off from coaching, sources told ESPN.com.

    Floyd visited both Clemson and Penn State within the past week and sources told ESPN.com that he wouldn't have traveled to either school unless he wasn't the top choice. Clemson did offer him the job, according to sources.

    Sources said Floyd would rather get back into college coaching instead of pursuing another NBA job. Floyd was a successful college coach at Idaho, New Orleans and Iowa State before going to the Bulls. Sources said money won't be a determining factor and that he doesn't need to command a million-dollar salary to match the NBA-type money he was earning with the Bulls.

    Sources said that Floyd wouldn't drag the process on and hold up the job searches for both schools. Clemson is trying to replace Larry Shyatt, who resigned, while Penn State is pursuing a coach to replace Jerry Dunn, who resigned, as well.

    Clemson has already interviewed Oklahoma State assistant Sean Sutton and is expected to talk to Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson. Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips used to be the athletic director at Oklahoma State. Sutton is more likely to look at Murray State's opening if he were to leave his father's staff with the Cowboys. Sean Sutton has always been the favorite to succeed his father, whenever he retires.

    If the Tigers don't go with Floyd, then Dickerson could become the leading candidate. The school needs to go with a coach who has ACC ties and is deep-rooted in recruiting in the mid-Atlantic and South. The school hasn't hired an African-American head coach in either high-profile sport -- football or men's basketball. Sources said Clemson couldn't go wrong with hiring Floyd or Dickerson, based on their respective leads in the South. Floyd obviously has a track record as a head coach, but Dickerson is extremely familiar with the league. Dayton's Oliver Purnell has also been rumored to be a candidate.
  2. roygu

    roygu Founding Member

    Aug 29, 2001
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    Floyd could probably wait another year and get the Alabama job.
  3. Eleven

    Eleven Founding Member

    Nov 18, 2002
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    i hope not

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