Tuesday, March 28, 2006

KELVIN SAMPSON NOT MARK FEW AT INDIANA


According to today's Indianapolis Star ... A source close to Mark Few said Monday the Gonzaga coach has been contacted and told he is not considered a candidate at Indiana.


That would tell me that Indiana is very close to making their hire. UPDATE --- In fact they are and the Hoosiers have hired former Cougar Head Coach Kelvin Sampson from Oklahome. Nothing like losing in the first round in back to back years and picking up a new gig.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Big mistake by IU -- if Few ever got a job at a school like that, where he could really recruit (not that he's done badly at GU), he'd be incredible.

As it is, it looks like they're sticking with that old grind-it-out style. Another mistake -- the consistently elite programs of the recent past (Duke, UNC, Kansas, UConn, Arizona, Pitino's Kentucky) have pretty uniformly run rather high octane systems. Really, I can only think of two national champs in the last fifteen years that could plausibly be described as grinders: Michigan State and Syracuse (with a good chance that a third team will be added this year). Sampson's a good coach, and I suspect that IU will step up its performance under his watch, but I'd be surprised if they rejoin the elite.

Myk said...

--- Suprising that they still did not draft an "Indiana" guy. Guess they didn't believe Mike Davis when he said that was crucial.

--- Since this is a blog on coaching I will have to note Locke's argument yesterday regarding why you "must" foul in late game situations when up by 3. While I believe that it makes sense in some cases, I do have to disagree with Locke's logic.

In Locke's eyes you should fould because the percentages are so greatly in your favor and the reason that coaches do not do this is because they are "coaching scared". While the first point appears to be sound I think the second point is a bit off base.

Just because the numbers point to completing the logical play, coaches have never been known to think logically. Instead they are creatures of habit and typically do whatever has been done in their profession in the past. This of course is not an excuse but it is the facts.

However, one point I would note is that even fans are not always willing to follow the logical path. For instance during the 2005 Football Season the Seahawks had a 100% conversion rate on 3rd and 1 plays. This of course would lead one to believe that they were more or less unstoppable on these plays. This along with there high Red Zone TD efficiency would logically lead to large shift in strategy, that I am pretty sure most would not follow. Based on the numbers it is "logical" that they should have went for a 2pt conversion everytime they scored a TD. Since they averaged about 3-4 TDs a game the team was in effect leaving 3-4 pts on the board when their numbers prove that they had a reasonably high chance on converting each time they went for it...

As I said before, I don't think many fans/coaches would follow this strategy (although I think it is interesting that most video game players do follow this strategy) because it is too foreign to them. This of course proves my point, we are not "coaching scared" we are just doing what we have always been taught to do.

Sonic EJ said...

I'm happy for Gonzaga. They get to keep one of the best coaches in College Basketball.

Ariel said...

As a Big 12 man, I like Kelvin Sampson a lot, and I'm sad to see him go. (This will make 4 coaches leaving the league this season.) He definitely coaches grind-it-out basketball, though. Given that such games are not really favored by fans, and that Sampson has zero IU pedigree, I'm surprised to see him heading to the Hoosiers.

Anonymous said...

Few is overrated, IMO

Crackrocks said...

Ariel, isn't that a girls name? Oh my bad I hadn't looked at your picture that explains alot. carry on.