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Username Post: Donahue to Penn St?        (Topic#24783)
rbg 
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10-26-20 10:31 PM - Post#315470    
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Nine Coaching Candidates for Penn State Basketball

https://www.blackshoediaries.com/2020/10/26/215280...

Jim Ferry (Penn State Interim Head Coach)
Mike Rhoades (VCU HC)
John Becker (Vermont HC)
Steve Donahue (Penn HC)
Keith Dambrot (Duquesne HC)
Shaka Smart (Texas HC)
Jon Scheyer (Duke Assistant Coach)
Rick Pitino (Iona HC)
Brett Brown (former Sixers HC, currently unemployed)

Steve Donahue (Penn HC) - After getting Cornell to three straight NCAA Tournaments (including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2010), Donahue had a rough go in the ACC at Boston College, with only one NIT appearance and three straight losing seasons to show for it. He’s since redeemed himself at Penn, having clinched three straight winning seasons, including an NCAA berth in 2018. Being in the heart of Philly, he likely has to have built some ties with the local hoops scene, which should make him an attractive target in those regards.

 
TheLine 
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10-27-20 08:19 AM - Post#315485    
    In response to rbg

If this is a good guess at the real list, Donahue is bubbling up.

I hadn't known Rick Pitino is now coaching at Iona. His salary at Iona is comparable to what Chambers was making. I don't see him as a viable candidate.

I don't see Rhoades or Smart. Penn St isn't an attractive position for either.

Coach K disciples are jockeying to be next in line. Scheyer's interest would be based on whether he thinks the job will help or hurt him.

Brown? That's a wild card. Don't know how realistic of a pick he'd be.

I don't think Donahue would be interested if he has a long term commitment from Penn. if he doesn't then he might be a possibility depending on the salary.


 
PennFan10 
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10-27-20 08:31 AM - Post#315488    
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Pitino is interested in redemption more than money at this point. Penn St puts him on a much bigger stage in the Big Ten than it does at Iona so I would think he would be interested if Penn St is interested.

Bret Brown is going to make a bunch of dough sitting this one out and I dont' see him wanting to take his first college gig at Penn St when it's likely he can land another HC job in the NBA next year.

I think Donahue is in the top 3 here. My guess is along with the interim, Ferry, and either Pitino, Scheyer or Rhoades.

 
palestra38 
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10-27-20 08:35 AM - Post#315489    
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I cannot imagine Pitino taking the Iona job and abandoning it before they play a game. He'd get killed in NY...and Iona substantially increased its budget to get him

 
rbg 
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10-27-20 09:07 AM - Post#315490    
    In response to palestra38

Becker and Boals are probably two of their top candidates.

Rhoades is a good choice, but his price is probably too high.

I agree with P38 on Pitino. It would be something, even for him, to start his rehabilitation tour by jumping to another school before game #1 at Iona.

SD seems to be one of the most consistent names on these lists, so he's probably in the mix.

https://www.btpowerhouse.com/2020/10/26/21535207/p ...

1. Jim Ferry (Penn State Interim Head Coach)
2. John Becker (Vermont)
3. Jeff Boals (Ohio)
4. Steve Donahue (Penn)
5. Rick Pitino (Iona)

 
Quakers03 
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10-27-20 09:37 AM - Post#315504    
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I can't get passed the idea that another NBA team might hire Brett Brown. Is that really true? He's still thought of well?

 
palestra38 
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10-27-20 09:38 AM - Post#315505    
    In response to Quakers03

They are talking about Penn State, not an NBA team. But I think it's just someone throwing out names.

 
Quakers03 
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10-27-20 09:49 AM - Post#315513    
    In response to palestra38

A poster above wrote off the possibility of Brown for this job because he'd be hired by a future NBA team. Is he really still thought of well in NBA circles? I could see him succeeding at the college level.

 
TheLine 
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10-27-20 09:55 AM - Post#315516    
    In response to palestra38

Right. Pitino has stated he was really only interested in a couple of jobs - Iona and Providence were his top two choices. It's a different type of redemption he claims he is looking for. The Iona job also allows Pitino to live in his NYC home, which is a nice perk for him.

If Pitino wants a redemption on his ability to build a winning program again then Penn St isn't the right place anyway.

Penn St has never been willing to ante up for a basketball coach. It will limit options. It also makes Donahue a viable option if he has any interest.

There is zero chance it will be Rhoades. He already has a better and higher paying job.


Edited by TheLine on 10-27-20 09:59 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Silver Maple 
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10-27-20 10:35 AM - Post#315522    
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I'll admit that I have a bias here-- I'd prefer Donahue to stay at Penn. That said, I really can't see why he'd take the PSU job. He already took one high major job that had failure baked into it, and we all know how that worked out. I can't see why he'd want to go down that road again. There might be another HM job out there for him someday, but I don't think this one is it.

 
PennFan10 
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Donahue to Penn St?
10-27-20 01:12 PM - Post#315528    
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  • palestra38 Said:
I cannot imagine Pitino taking the Iona job and abandoning it before they play a game. He'd get killed in NY...and Iona substantially increased its budget to get him



I don't think what people think of him is a high priority on Pitino's list. If he thinks he can succeed faster at Penn St than at Iona, he will be a candidate. (But his home situation may be a factor too)

Bret Brown was considered by a couple NBA teams. He is well thought of in NBA circles and there is a narrative outside of Philadelphia fans that injuries and GM decisions hampered his ability to win. If he sits out a year and Doc Rivers hits a home run with the same roster, it may hurt Bret's chances. If Doc struggles, It will improve Bret's prospects.

Edited by PennFan10 on 10-27-20 01:14 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
PennFan10 
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10-27-20 01:15 PM - Post#315529    
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I don't think Steve would ultimately leave for Penn St. I think he believes Penn can get back to elite status in the IL. If he does that, his prospects will be much more broad.

 
mrjames 
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10-27-20 01:27 PM - Post#315530    
    In response to PennFan10

I'll reiterate... I can't imagine a world in which Steve ends up at Penn State, though, again, I put a ton of stock in nychoops' tips. I don't even think he's the most likely *Ivy League* coach to end up at Penn State. But we shall see.

 
SomeGuy 
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10-27-20 01:41 PM - Post#315539    
    In response to mrjames

Am I correct that the most likely Ivy coach is Jones? That is who I thought of when Chambers got fired, before Donahue’s name started popping up.

And just an aside, I think Pitino has a better chance to win at Iona than he would at Penn State. But I can’t imagine PSU wants him under the circumstances either. This is a time for a squeaky clean hire. Jones fits the bill, unless you consider cutting down the nets in an empty gym after tying for a league title as a dirty move.

To me, the fact Pitino keeps popping up (along with a couple of others on the list) suggests to me that the list isn’t really indicative of who they are looking at. Donahue isn’t as outlandish as some of the others.

Edited by SomeGuy on 10-27-20 01:44 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Jeff2sf 
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10-27-20 01:50 PM - Post#315543    
    In response to SomeGuy

Steve is 58, he will be turning 60 about a month after the next season the Ivy plays games. Not a ton of big schools going after 60 year olds (and I don't expect Steve to win that year, so it's really when he's 61 that options will open up for him).

 
Charlie Fog 
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10-31-20 08:36 AM - Post#315772    
    In response to Jeff2sf

Stay Steve

 
Quake Show 
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10-31-20 09:19 AM - Post#315773    
    In response to Charlie Fog

I’m not concerned about Donahue taking the Penn State gig - if he’s even offered it. He has made it clear in multiple news outlets and mediums that he intends to stay at Penn for a long time (like > 10 more years long) and build the program.

Doesn’t seem like the kind of guy given his history at Penn and in the Ivy to jump ship for a slightly shinier gig.

(Also, the point about him being 60 and Penn State needing a younger coach to build with is quite salient.)

 
Silver Maple 
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Donahue to Penn St?
10-31-20 01:31 PM - Post#315784    
    In response to Quake Show

I get what you're saying, and hope you're right, but I fear you might be a bit naive. Steve's a good guy, but, like any of us, if he sees truly significant advantages for him and his family to taking the Penn State job, he'll take it. He'll feel bad, but that won't change his decision. And I wouldn't blame him. It's not reasonable to expect somebody, regardless of career field, to turn down a valuable opportunity out of loyalty to a current employer. Employers certainly don't hesitate to cut employees loose if they see that as being in their interest.

All that said, I'm skeptical that PSU will offer the job to Steve, and am even more skeptical that he'd see that job as being sufficiently attractive to justify taking it.

I guess we'll see.

 
Penndemonium 
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11-01-20 09:55 AM - Post#315795    
    In response to Silver Maple

The head coach is such a key to the program. For those of us who think Penn’s natural advantages should help any coach succeed, please refer to UCLA, Georgetown, St. John’s, NC State, etc. are our natural advantages stronger than theirs? Those programs have been mired in mediocrity far longer than their fans could have imagined in their prime past. All had huge fan bases, shoe company relations, money, and more. The head coach defines the outcome.

I like Donahue.

 
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