Help wanted: Georgia Southern needs another hoops coach

Macon TelegraphMarch 12, 2013 


Help wanted in Georgia Southern hoops


                Charlton Young fell on his sword Monday when he was fired as Georgia Southern's men's basketball coach. The announcement was made Tuesday morning.

                GSU hoops - well, maybe I need to be more specific, Georgia Southern is the GSU in this case - has been a mess now for a half-decade, started downward under Jeff Price, who despite NCAA issues has landed at South Alabama as interim coach.

                The Eagles went, officially, 15-16, 0-12 and 1-22 in Price's final three seasons, with wins vacated in 2007-08 and 2008-09 because of NCAA sanctions. Price resigned in March of 2009.

                The Eagles got no momentum in any form going under Young. His first season: 1-4 start, 9-game losing streak; second: 2-9 start, 6- and 14-game losing streaks; third: 6-game winning streak (best under Young); fourth: couple of 3-game losing streaks.

                When the size of your losing streaks decreasing is a marketing tool, perhaps it is time.

                Then again, did GSU give Young the tools to recruit and progress under the NCAA cloud?

                And is it time to consider major renovations to or replacing of Hanner Fieldhouse?

                The next question around these parts: Will Southern come after Mercer's Bob Hoffman?

                Probably, and make no mistake, Hoffman will likely be gone within two years if not within 13 months, but it most certainly will not be with a lateral or backward move, regardless of the paycheck, as Southern would be.

                Southern has a better and bigger fan base, but the Southern Conference is barely equal RPIwise to the A-Sun and GSU is waaaay down on the list in the conference.

                And when Hoffman leaves, he won't be going any farther east. He's a plains guy, Texas and Missourui and Oklahoma and Arkansas, etc.

                Keep an eye on Missouri-Kansas City, which has an opening as of Tuesday afternoon. Hoffman knows that region from his NAIA days, coaching in tournament championship games and recruiting around there.


Warm tushies

                Scott Sanderson and Murry Bartow are on caller-ID watch. If the phone rings and its the athletics director or president, uh oh.

                Going into the Atlantic Sun tournament, the Lipscomb and ETSU coaches were on a hotseat.

                Losing first-round games by 34 and 21 points most certainly didn't help.

                Lipscomb has been in freefall since losing the tourney opener three years ago to Kennesaw State, and ETSU failed to win 10 games, a surprise.

                So far, so quiet.

                CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman has been ranking the hot seat index of conferences, and had this for the A-Sun heading nto the tournament, with 1 being safe and 10 being "don't buy anything on the company credit card, especially for the office".

                Coolest, naturally, are Bob Hoffman and Andy Enfield. Kennesaw State's Lewis Preston has a sweaty backside after just two seasons, with Sanderson next.


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