Get Ready For A Ride On The Coaching Carousel

Here's a picture of SMU playing a game against Oklahoma State at the American Airlines Center, which is in Dallas just like SMU is. You'll notice that 1) there's almost no one there and 2) the people who are are mostly wearing OSU orange.

Last week, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News posted a blog entry about the search for a new men's basketball coach at Southern Methodist University. Her original list was a collection of mid-major coaches, assistants at Power 6 programs (including Marquette's Tony Benford), and for whatever reason, Xavier's Chris Mack. At some point, Hairopoulos decided to add an update to her post, declaring that SMU would be interested in Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. This was met with a wide round of derision by everyone who saw it.

Yesterday CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman reported that not only is SMU serious, they're also completely aware of what kind of coin is involved, as opposed to what Texas A&M was thinking last year. I don't know if it's the smartest idea in the world for a school that notoriously had boosters running completely out of control to be suddenly waving around an extra $2 million dollars for their basketball coach, but there it is.

I can understand why a religious school in Texas would be interested in Buzz Williams. What I don't understand is why SMU would let the "WE'LL PAY $3 MILLION!" story start circulating. If Buzz isn't interested in being the flashpoint for a heated rivalry between SMU and Marquette as the Mustangs move to join the Big East in the fall of 2013, then SMU is going to be forced to overpay for whoever they do end up with as their head coach.

In any case, the deck chairs are only starting to get moving. Last year, it took until May for Gary Williams to decide to retire as Maryland head coach, so we could be in for a few more weeks of rumors and tomfoolery.

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