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Angelo Roncalli
03-22-2010, 11:45 AM
Oregon basketball: Now, coaching candidates can take Kilkenny's call
By John Hunt, The Oregonian
March 22, 2010, 10:28AM

Look for Oregon’s coaching search to heat up this week, as some major candidates suddenly have some time on their hands.

This weekend’s NCAA action saw some notable coaches tumble out of the bracket. Among them: Gonzaga coach Mark Few, Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon, Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon - possibly the top three on the Ducks' wish list.

The Few rumors are gathering strength, not through any words from Few but through the movement of his assistant coaches. Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti already has interviewed for the head coaching job at Hawaii, and Leon Rice is interested in the Boise State job.

Turgeon doesn't sound like he's in the mood to talk a whole lot after a tough loss to Purdue, but the Ducks and newly signed search firm Spencer Stuart should be able to convince him to listen.

Dixon's Pitt Panthers ran out of miracles against Xavier, a loss that could be blamed on a Pitt defense that seemed to be lacking its usual toughness.

Former athletic director Pat Kilkenny was in Spokane on Friday, watching Few's Zags beat Florida State but did not stick around for Sunday's lopsided loss to Syracuse. Was that loss merely a logical end to a rebuilding year for Few, or could it signal an end to Few's run in a "mid-major,'' a term he detests?

Oh, and P.J. Carlesimo was in Spokane, too. Asked about the Oregon job, he said:

"It's a great job.''

We'll soon see how great the candidates believe it really is.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindducksbeat/2010/03/oregon_basketball_now_coaching.html

Pat Kilkenny must have pretty darn good eyes to be in Spokane and watch
Gonzaga play in Buffalo.

The Oregon Spike
03-22-2010, 11:50 AM
"Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti already has interviewed for the head coaching job at Hawaii, and Leon Rice is interested in the Boise State job."

Yea, and Billy Grier tired of being the bridesmaid too. He bolted for USD. That is your explanation for Leon Rice...

Giacoletti really only came to GU to lick his wounds didn't he? No one thought he wa a lifer...

maineblackbear
03-22-2010, 11:59 AM
read between the lines-- if few was going somewhere rice and giacoletti would be staying. just like grier, they know few is staying and these guys know they need to move on to fulfill the potential in their careers.

end of story.

mbb

tobizag
03-22-2010, 12:04 PM
read between the lines-- if few was going somewhere rice and giacoletti would be staying. just like grier, they know few is staying and these guys know they need to move on to fulfill the potential in their careers.

end of story.

mbb

a very, very intelligent post. i tend to agree with you. let's hope we're right.

GorgeZag
03-22-2010, 12:06 PM
Will we get an assistant who can coach "D"

sullyzag66
03-22-2010, 12:53 PM
"Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti already has interviewed for the head coaching job at Hawaii, and Leon Rice is interested in the Boise State job."

Yea, and Billy Grier tired of being the bridesmaid too. He bolted for USD. That is your explanation for Leon Rice...

Giacoletti really only came to GU to lick his wounds didn't he? No one thought he wa a lifer...
I think we know that Giacoletti is looking for a head coaching job, but former USC assistant men's basketball coach, Gib Arnold, got the Hawaii job.