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A&M contacts Van Gundy

Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:32 am
Edited on: May 13, 2011 8:29 am
Texas A&M's search to replace Mark Turgeon has led to school officials reaching out to Jeff Van Gundy.

It's unclear whether Van Gundy, now an analyst with ESPN, would be interested in coaching college basketball, but a source told that Texas A&M athetic director Bill Byrne felt it was worth his while to at least call and check considering Van Gundy lives in Houston. Meantime, the Fort Worth Star Telegram is reporting that Colorado's Tad Boyle has turned down the opportunity to replace Turgeon. According to the report, Boyle was Byrne's first choice once it became obvious that Buzz Williams was not a realistic option because of his contract situation at Marquette.

Where Texas A&M turns next is unclear.

The possibilities -- according to sources and various reports -- include Northern Iowa's Ben Jacobson, Murray State's Billy Kennedy, Louisiana Lafayette's Bob Marlin and Scott Spinelli, Turgeon's top assistant at Texas A&M. If Spinelli doesn't get the job, he's expected to join Turgeon at Maryland.
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2011 4:32 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

JVG is an excellent coach and a very smart man. If that sounds like an oxymoron is likely is - especially when it comes to college basketball Coach Van Gundy has made his mark coaching professionals. Moving back to the college game with its recruiting requirements and the taint of AAU basketball involvement would not be Jeff's style. He will not be interested.

Mr. Byrne is going about the acquisition of a new coach too publically. The more swings and misses he makes the less attractive the job will be. When a prestigious university such as Texas A&M cannot persuade a Colorado coach to step up it is also a bad sign. Better to simply hire the assistant coach Spinelli to salvage this year's recruits.

There is another name being missed here - Rocky Long of San DIego State who led a terrific team this year to the NCAA tournament and finishing sixth in the national AP poll. Since he is losing his stud, Kawhi Leonard, to the NBA it might be a good point for coach Long to move to a more difficult league.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2011 1:21 am

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy would have beren a great pick by Teaxs A&M to replace Mark Turgeon who left for the lowly run down job of Maryland but it looks like it won't happen for Teaxs to get Van Gundy as there next head coach or even Colorado's Tad Boyle who would also be a great coach for them too. Well if I was Teaxs A&M then I would try my best to go after Murry State's Billy Kennedy but if that does not happen then just go and hire Scott Spinelli who would love to take the job and should do a good job like Turgeon did.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:32 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Gillespie is at Texas Tech ....DUH...

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 3:59 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Gary, I'm always surprised that I don't hear Donnie Tyndall's name mentioned for any of the "bigger" jobs. Is there a reason that Tyndall doesn't get any media hype?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:50 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Beagleboy33; dude, you are a classic. You almost had me believing your comment til I saw the name Kelvin Sampson. Last I heard, that clown was on a 10-year probation from the NCAA annd was banned from any college campus in America. You could probably find out if the ex-Washington State, ex-Sooner; ex-Hoosier head man is interested but the NCAA prohibits Kelvin from the use of any cell phone for any purpose. I'm not even sure if he's allowed access to the internet.

Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:31 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

JVG would be a great hire.

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:17 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Van Gundy is a good coach.  He has two pretty successful stops in the NBA.  A and M is a second tier Mens Bball program.  The last two coaches were up and comers....and used College Station as a stepping stone to a bigger and better basketball program.  Maybe they can get Kelvin Sampson on his way back up or Gillespie back. 

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 2:10 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy would be the ideal guy to lead this Aggie program.With his experience with the Knicks, the transition from Wall St. to College Station would be a natural. Toss in the fact that Jeff can bring along the soon-to-be ex-coach of the Orlando Magic (brother Stan) as an assistant and you instantly have marquis value @ A&M. I can see it now in the headlines: Come see the Van Gundy brothers take on Bill Self and the Jayhawks or perhaps, Can Jeff and Stan boot the Longhorns? It's just too bad Bob Knight isn't still collecting a paycheck in Lubbock as we all would have loved seeing Jeff hang on to the General's leg as Stan went for the knockout upstairs. WWE material for sure, but it would have been entertaining television.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:10 pm

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy would be a great hire....if you are a Longhorn or Jayhawk fan.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:42 am

A&M contacts Van Gundy

Just hire Scott Spineli, don't make this harder than it should be.

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