Does Weaver Have Finalists in Mind?

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Rumors are afloat that Jim Weaver has settled on a list of guys he considers finalists for the position of men’s basketball coach.  If that’s true, then we could see a hire made by the end of the weekend, or perhaps on Monday, though that timetable is just speculation on my part.

From talking to a couple of sources, and through educated guessing of my own, I think there are six major candidates involved at this point.  Let’s take a quick look at all six.  I’m not listing them in any particular order.

Steve Robinson

I heard Steve Robinson was considered a serious contender for the Tech job over two months ago, which shows you how long Weaver has been considering making a move.  Robinson is from Roanoke and he is currently an assistant at UNC.  He also served as an assistant at Kansas under Roy Williams.

Robinson has several things going for him that Jim Weaver would like.  He has head coaching experience, he is local, he has plenty of experience recruiting in the ACC, and he has made the NCAA Tournament three times.  I like the head coaching experience, I like the location, and I like his recruiting experience in the ACC.  There’s just one problem.  When you research his records, Robinson never got it  done on the court with his own players.

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Remember, the conference record includes conference tournament games.

Robinson made the NCAA Tournament twice at Tulsa, with players recruited by the previous staff.  He made the NCAA Tournament at FSU in his first year.  Despite going 6-10 in the ACC and losing in the first round of the ACC Tournament, a strong RPI and SOS got FSU into the Big Dance.  After that, Robinson had four consecutive losing records at FSU.  As he filled the program with his own players, the team got worse and worse.

I like Robinson’s experience level, I like the fact that he is used to recruiting in the ACC.  However, he has already had a chance to build an ACC program, and he showed no ability to recruit his own players and win with them.

Steve Prohm

Prohm is the current head coach at Murray State.  He went 31-2 in his first season as head coach, and his team made the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  They were the last unbeaten team in college basketball.

At only 37 years of age, Prohm is considered an up and coming coach in the college basketball

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