Earlier today, Marquette announced that Brad Autry was being promoted from Coordinator of Student-Athlete Development to Assistant Coach. Nice news, and congratulations to Coach Autry, but this isn't terribly surprising news. Autry was the first person Buzz Williams hired to his staff after he was promoted to head coach, so with both Tony Benford and Aki Collins departing, some continuity with the staff will help smooth things out going forward. In any case, Autry's got the assistant coaching credentials to deserve the spot.
That brings us to more recent news. Hit the jump and we'll chat a bit.
CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman got the rumor mill fired up with this tweet:
Hearing that Isaac Chew will join the Marquette staff. Chew has now gone from Missouri to Illinois to Marquette in the span of 2 months.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) May 29, 2012
My sources tell me that that Goodman isn't reporting this but going with the nebulous "hearing" because he can't get anyone at either school to tell him anything.
In any case, that brings us to the potential news of Isaac Chew joining the MU staff. From reading this article from the Chicago Sun-Times that our own Rubie Q dug up, 1) It appears that it is a done deal and 2) it sounds like Chew would have jumped at the Marquette job straight from Missouri if Benford had departed earlier. All the reasons that he took the Illinois job, most notably being closer to his family in Chicago, are even better reasons to take the Marquette job.
There is one final aspect of Isaac Chew's arrival that I want to touch on here. There's been a lot of hand wringing going on in the various blue and gold colored corners of the internet about the current administration's support for the athletic department over the last 6 months, and I noticed it resurface when the news of Aki Collins' departure came out. Part of the Sun-Times article I linked you to earlier includes this quote:
Second, Marquette has an absurd basketball budget and isn't afraid to spend. Chew will not be getting just a raise with the move, he will be getting a substantial, a near impossible-to-say-no-to raise with the move to Milwaukee.
Now I ask you this: Does that sound like the kind of administration that doesn't understand the value of a successful men's basketball program?