Tuesday, April 11, 2006

SMU begins search

SMU begins search for basketball coach

UNIVERSITY PARK – SMU officials announced that incoming athletic director Steve Orsini will take vacation time from his current post at Central Florida to help hire the Mustangs' new men's basketball coach.

Orsini will work with retiring SMU AD Jim Copeland and president Gerald Turner to find the replacement for Jimmy Tubbs, who was fired Thursday.

The Plano-based search firm of Eastman & Beaudine Inc. will serve as consultants.

Turner said Copeland will provide "the necessary on-site logistical support." Copeland was not expected to be involved in the search.

Copeland has fired two men's basketball coaches, Mike Dement and Tubbs, both of whom he hired.

Sure, it would be nice to hear the search was already done. It is frustrating that a consulting firm has been hired. If you recall, Eastman & Beaudine was hired to assist in the AD search that yielded Orsini. A quick search found that Eastman & Beaudine has recently been retained to assist multiple schools in their searches for men's basketball searches, including Baylor, Cincinnati, Fresno State and Missouri.

As expected, Orsini has a hand in the search process and Turner is apparently personally involved in this. As expected Copeland doesn't have a hand in this. It is amusing that Watkins refers to Copeland as firing two basketball coaches that he hired as opposed to hiring two basketball coaches. That choice of words was intentional.

I had to read the article three times to make sure. There is no mention of a committee. This is a good thing. SMU doesn't need one. SMU needs to streamline the process and move forward as quickly as possible.

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