Tuesday, April 03, 2007
I've Already Purchased "FireToddLickliter.com"
Bravo, Mr. Barta. Bravo indeed.
At approximately 2:30 yesterday, I was having a phone conversation regarding the quickly falling sky around Iowa basketball. Altman had left for Arkansas (and if YouTube gets a clip of that incredibly awkward news conference, it will be here this afternoon). Lowery signed a big extension at SIU. Pearl, Majerus, and Stallings had turned down the job. It seemed there was no other option but to throw a bunch of money at Reggie Theus or Kirk Speraw and hope for the best.
And then a private jet left Indianapolis for Cedar Rapids, and a guy who had not even been on the radar to that point was the next coach of your Iowa Hawkeyes.
Meet the new boss. Jesus, let's hope he's not the same as the old boss.
TODD LICKLITER - New coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes
Positives: Um, does National Coach of the Year mean anything to you? Or how about a 29-7 season with wins over Notre Dame, Hoosier Daddy, Tennessee (as in, Bruce Pearl's Tennessee), Gonzaga, Purdue, and Maryland? How about taking the new national champions to the limit in the Sweet Sixteen? That do anything for ya?
More Positives: Obviously more concerned with winning basketball games than looking good and making googly-eyes across the floor at his wife; probably won't walk into every business in town and demand free merchandise; has yet to recruit a known felon (or give that known felon a second, third, or fourth chance); may use hair gel, opening a new avenue for the guys at Steve Alford's Hair Gel (and toddlicklitershairgel.blogspot.com is available); his teams play tough defense and shoot you out of the gym; obviously has little to no use for Lil' Sonderleiter, possibly leading to his defection; did I mention he was National Coach of the Year?
Negatives: Another guy with those vaunted Indiana recruiting ties that brought you the likes of J.R. Angle and Brody Boyd; the Michigan State student section may have a field day with his name; my dad's first comment was, "He looks a little like Cosmo Kramer."
Prognosis: When he's done here, we'll all be wearing gold-plated diapers. This guy wasn't even in the conversation, mostly because he was coaching at his alma mater, looking to get a big extension, and would undoubtedly be pursued by others. From the biggest Dana Altman apologist to ever run an Iowa blog, I've gotta say this was the better hire.
No details as of yet on the money, though that will likely come up at the news conference this afternoon.
And so it ends. Let the commenting begin. Go Hawks.
UPDATE: For more detailed statistical analysis, read this post from The Hair Gel.