ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb is reportedly interested in the vacant Kansas State head coaching job, which was left by Frank Martin this week when he became the head coach at South Carolina.
Gottlieb has no coaching experience, but he's trying to put himself in prime positioning for the job by using his ESPN celebrity as a recruiting tool. Gottlieb's logic is that every recruit who watches nationally televised games is familiar with his face, and that gives him more credibility. A pair of recent examples of coaches to go from the analyst chair to a head coaching job include NC State coach Mark Gottfried and St John's coach Steve Lavin. Both Lavin and Gottfried had fantastic recruiting classes in their return to the game, but is that because of their previous coaching experience, or their former role as analysts?
Another example of success Gottlieb is pointing at is Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, who had never coached before taking the position with the Cyclones two seasons ago. However, while he wasn't a coach previously, Hoiberg had management experience with the Minnesota Timberwolves, serving as their VP of basketball operations.
Hiring Gottlieb would be a huge risk for Kansas State, and it would be a contrast from the previous coach in Martin, who had worked his way up from coaching high school JV teams up to the Wildcats position over a span of 20 years. And going with a risky hire like Gottlieb after the unprecedented success of Martin could backfire terribly for Kansas State. Gottlieb does have a successful playing career at Oklahoma State to point too though, as one of the top assist men in college basketball history.
There aren't many first time coaches hired by large college programs or in professional leagues. One example happened this offseason in baseball, when the White Sox hired Robin Ventura, whose only experience was as a high school hitting instructor. In the NBA, Mark Jackson recently left the ESPN booth for the Golden State Warriors job. There is some precedence for it in other sports, but it would be interesting to see if Gottlieb could succeed largely banking on his ESPN resume in the college game.
[h/t: The Mercury]
Really? You're giving credence to Tortorella's frustrated post-game rambling? It's worth about as much as the crying Mike Holmgren did after Super Bowl XL, and you see what the NFL did with that: Nothing. Or will you be contributing to the "NHL can't do anything right" narrative?
Here are some things to improve the Winter Classic. Do not only include teams from the NBC 7 (Pittsburgh, Washington, Philly, NY Rangers, Boston, Detroit, Chicago) expand the teams that are shown. Put it on a day where they are not going to have the challenges of other sports because let's face it, the American culture outside of Minnesota doesn't put hockey first for sports. Put in a Canadian team, you could probably convince the fans of that team very easily to spend a lot of money to get tickets for the game and also on travel. Make it the only game of the day and put it on a time when people will actually be at home to watch TV, not in the afternoon when everybody is out.
@RossMillsap Was talking about this with my girlfriend. A game at Coors Field in Denver would make too much sense