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Springmann on Texas State radar
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 08:06 PM
Russell Springmann, a Longhorn assistant basketball coach since 2001, is on the radar for the open head coaching position at Texas State, according to a person familiar with the search.
Texas State is using Parker Executive Search of Atlanta, Ga., to vet candidates.
“We have a lot of interest in the job, and there is no specific timeline,” athletics director Larry Teis said. “There are 29 job openings in college basketball, so a lot of coaches are interviewing at a lot of schools. Once we can get a short list, we will move forward.”
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Pretty sure he's turned down better hasn't he?
Terrible job because they haven't found someone that can recruit TX. There is plenty of mid major talent in the state of TX that is under recruited by the Southland Conference.
TX State is in a nice location, is known as a party school, is close to Austin, and close to S.A. Should be a much better job than it has been.
They aren't in the Southland
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Oh, that's right. I forgot they moved. Thanks for the reminder.
They are actually moving again. Leaving the WAC for the Sun Belt in 2013.
Sun Belt is a good league for them IMO.
Lots of people hate that move for some reason. Maybe they would prefer to be in Conference USA with UTSA?
bobcat and longtime lurker here.
re: conference affiliation. for football, the sunbelt today is a pretty decent mid major conference: 4 teams w/ 8 or more wins, 3 bowl teams, 2 bowl wins. and they had some great wins for those schools: auburn, kentucky, arkansas and w/i a pt or 2 of taking down baylor too. some of that is going to shake up now as florida atlantic, florida international, middle tenn and north texas leave for c-usa (mtsu was one of those 8 win teams) and western kentucky is expected to follow shortly (7 wins last year, just hired bobby petrino). for basketball, both conferences are pretty crappy, but the sbc actually had 2 teams in the tourney this year to c-usa's 1.
no one really wants to be in the sunbelt (bobcat fans, i mean), other than it's better than the southland. it was already considered the worst mid major conference (wrongly, imo), and now they are adding a team in their first year of full fbs status (txst), a team in their transition year to full fbs status (gast)2 that are currently fcs (appalachian state and ga southern), and the two worst teams currently in fbs (idaho and new mexico state). no teams in texas for us to play on the road in front of alumni.
there's a slim chance we get into c-usa or the mwc w/i the next couple years. better chance for c-usa, but still below 50%, imo. for us to be successful long term, i really think we need to be in c-usa so we can play utep, utsa and rice in state. my hope is that when the big east looks to get to 12 by taking tulsa and east carolina, txst gets the call for c-usa.
re: springmann. he hasn't been interviewed yet. apparently he's still being vetted by the search firm, but i think that's code for "find out if we can afford him if the interview process went well." they have interviewed sfa hc danny kaspar, maryland ac scott spinelli (tx ties via turgeon) and oregon ac tony stubblefield (tx ties as uta ac for 4 years). baylor ac jerome tang and marquette ac brad autry will be interviewed when their seasons are finished. the numbers being talked about are $200-225k, which frankly surprised me (in a good way, given previous salaries). i think springmann is a longshot to end up in san marcos (less than 10%). he's certainly not who the fans want, despite his reputation as an elite recruiter.
re: terrible job. it's a job w/ a completely blank slate, next to no expectations, and a ton of potential. not shock the world sweet 16 type potential necessarily, but consistent conference championship contention potential. it's absolutely the place a young assistant coach could get his 4 or 5 years to show he can build a program w/ a trip or two to the dance, and pick up a decent big conference job because of it. big state school in a state w/ a lot of talent, fairly easy to get into, great town w/i 200-250 miles of 4 of the top 10 metro areas in the usa. there's lots worse situations where coaches are winning games. no reason the right coach can't make it happen in san marcos.
fantastic post, saul, TxSt has the appeal of a VCU/SDState/Butler/Gonzaga where a coach can turn it into production
Dang, I need to get caught up on my conference realignment. I didn't realize those schools were leaving. C-USA would be MUCH better, especially with Rice, UTEP, and UTSA in the conference.
Those are some interesting candidates. Not sure who I would hire out of that group, but I know who I wouldn't hire!
conference realignment at this level is a complete nightmare to try and follow.
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