Other Ivy Coaching News

Steve  Bilsky might be in the "final stages" of the search for Penn's next John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, but there's some other coaching news out there related to the Ivy League.

Yesterday, Iowa announced that Fran McCaffery, formerly the head coach at Siena, would be the Hawkeyes' new coach. McCaffery played for Penn from 1979-82 and had been rumored as a theoretical candidate for the Penn job. However, in my opinion, there was very little chance McCaffery would take the Penn job since it seems to be a step down from a scholarship-giving gig (though Albany isn't exactly Philadelphia).

With an opening at an upstate New York school that does give scholarships, it would seem logical that a coach currently at an upstate New York that doesn't give scholarships would consider moving three hours east on interstate 88. Cornell coach Steve Donahue is rumored to be on the list of candidates for the St. John's job, though it appears former UCLA coach Steve Lavin has the inside track there. Additionally, the Cornell Basketball Blog claims that Donahue is unlikely to take a mid-major job that didn't involve a move to the Philadelphia area.

More looks at Ivy coaches after the jump.

Still with me? If you are, another potential St. John's interviewee could be current Harvard coach Tommy Amaker. However, Amaker told the Crimson that "I’m not looking for anything. We’re completely happy with what we’re doing here and where we are—and we’re hopeful that the powers that be are happy with me.”

There's no reason to assuming he's lying . His wife also works at a Harvard-affiliated hospital, and in a 2001 article in the Michigan Daily, Amaker issued the following quote: “Any decision made in the Amaker household is a joint decision, and I'm not the coach of that team.”

But a word of caution about anything any coach says about leaving or not leaving his current job. While doing some research into the last search for a Penn coach, I came across this gem reported by former DP Executive Editor and sports writer David Burrick:

"Brown coach Glen Miller, considered to be another of the leading candidates for the Penn job, also publicly stated his desire to keep his job this weekend.

He told his hometown paper, The Day of New London, Conn., that he plans on staying at Brown and working out a contract extension.

Miller said he is not a formal candidate for the Penn job and does not plan on interviewing with Bilsky."

That was written on April 17, 2006. Eight days later, Glen Miller was introduced as Penn head coach.

(Speaking of Glen Miller: it's old news, but here is a profile on Miller post-Penn done by the same newspaper that quoted him as saying he'd stay at Brown.)

27 thoughts on “Other Ivy Coaching News

  1. Mark Jackson and Jerome Allen are the leading candidates to coach Penn. Jackson is a surprise candidate, but he's heavy-duty and don't be shocked if he's tabbed for the job.

    Also, Lawrence Frank erstwhile of the Nets has had contact with Bilsky. I'm not sure where he stands.

  2. Why would the "Mark Jackson" have anything to do with the head coaching position at Penn?

  3. Steve, Thank you for the contribution.

    The Mark Jackson rumor is 100% live, from what I have been told.

    The Bronzed One is looking to make a "splash" of sorts to revive
    the program with a "name".

    Much to the chagrin of sycophant diehards like Gensler and his cadre,
    the inner santcum (which does include Shabel on this one) are NOT
    sold on the long term viability of Allen - whose resume includes
    a few mop up wins over the bottom of the barrell IL teams.

    I have been told that the Cornell victory at the Palestra swayed a few
    but others are not sold.

    Stay tuned.

    FOJL

  4. Re: Lawrence Frank

    The connection is Bilsky's running mate Dave Wohl. I have been told
    by a reliable source that Wohl is still bullish on the juvenille looking
    Frank. There is less of a financial concern with Frank as he is
    still counting his shekels from the Nets golden parachute.

    FOJL

  5. Calder, I finally read your interview with AD Bilsky. Fascinating read.

    I'm unclear on the number of candidates. From the original hundreds are we now down to 9, 8 (no more McCaffery), 7 (no more Donahue), or the 2 in Bilsky's mind?

    Rumor is that Donahue refused an interview this weekend. Does that now make it 1? Or was Donahue not one of the 2 candidates in Bilsky's mind? (By the way, why are there only 2 candidates in Bilsky's mind? Is it that only 2 can fit in there?)

    While Bilsky says St. John's and Seton Hall are trying to make a decision in a week when Penn has had months to think it over, why are the two aforementioned schools closer to announcing a decision than we are?

    And I have an idea who the surprising name is.

    Bilsky's advisers include Rosenberg, Lefkowitz and Schiffner. See a pattern? I can only conclude that the 'surprising' name - and second guy in Bilsky's mind for the job - is none other than former Knick coaching legend Red Holzman. And once Bilsky realizes Holzman has been dead for several years, he'll have no other choice but to give the job to the default candidate Jerome Allen.

    Congratulations Jerome!

  6. Rodney brings up a good point.

    Bilsky - As always, stays close to the vest. He also engages with other
    "Ashkenazis" like Levy, Shabel, Weiss, Friedlander, etc

    His world is crumbling however on campus. He has alienated three key
    communities
    1) College Hall
    2) Admissions
    3) University Development/Alumni Relations

    More later.

    FOJL

  7. Rodney, i love the sarcasm...the Red Holzman reference is great.

    Of course, it's also possible that Bilsky subscribes to the mostly debunked theory that Holzman staged his death, and has been waiting, patiently, for the right job opportunity?

    But great post.

  8. Steve, I hadn't considered that Holzman staged his death - but it is a plausible theory.

    Not only would Red make a good mentor for Jerome, but he also knows a thing or two about Princeton basketball, which hasn't changed much strategically in the intervening 45 years. This is clearly a win-win scenario. Bilsky may yet hit a home run.

  9. king solomon:
    It's just one more reason to recognize FOJL as a mean-spirited and angry guy with an agenda.
    Bilsky has a tan. Gensler has a job. Waaahh. Someone took FOJL's lunch money a long time ago.

  10. Sam - THank you for the contribution.
    There is no agenda. I am a straight shooter.

    Its no secret that I am one of many who have a strong dislike for the AD.

    Its also no secret that I do not look favorably on the Tattlelista being the "Voice of Penn Basketball".

    Regarding my lunch money, I am in good shape. I am also trying the matzoh during the holiday season this year.

  11. Excellent points, Rodney....coincidentally (or maybe not) there was an alleged Red Holzman sighting several months ago, in Conshohocken. He was reportedly seen in in a bar, in disguise, with Dean Memminger.

  12. To my good friend, FOJL:

    Am I the "Voice of Penn Basketball," do I speak for all the alumni, as you said in a previous venom-spewing post, am I a sycophant (to whom, I wonder) or all of the above?

    To the best of my knowledge, Brian Seltzer is the "Voice of Penn Basketball" and does a great job. I appreciate your thinking that I speak for ALL the alumni but I only speak for the name in the byline and have never pretended to speak for anyone else. Sorry that disturbs you so.

    As for being a sycophant, that's a new one. Most anonymous people who criticize me think it's because I hate everything, not because I'm someone's yes-man. But clearly you know better.

    Enjoy the Allen regime. It should be fun.

  13. if FOJL had any true guts, he would reveal his name. It takes a coward to hide behind a false identity and make outrageous claims like he does. The guy obviously has some kind of agenda.

    -Andrew Banister C '86

  14. Howie: Thank you for the contribution. I admire your passion. I applaud your legendary enthusiasm. I am not aware of any venom-spewing incidents. Perhaps you have the wrong person? Accusing someone of brother-in-lawing is by no means any form/function/variation of venom.
    I am somewhat disappointed to see such negativity and inflammatory remarks on a day in which your red and blue should be glowing.

    On a side note, loved the Chaz Bono gender changing piece today. You really are producing some ground-breaking material. Bravo!

    Perhaps we will see you at an upcoming church league game in Conshohocken.

    FOJL

  15. Andrei: Thank you for your contribution. Lubin is a former RBC student leader, great passion for Penn. Real up-and-comer in the NY legal circles. Loves roller hockey. Unsure of his position on Chaz Bono, though. We have to defer to Howie for that one.

    FOJL

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