Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pat Forde Lists Louisville as a "Potential Job Opening"

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports Louisville as a "potential job opening" in his most recent edition of Forde Minutes.

Forde also wonders if Travis Ford is in his final season at Oklahoma State.

Here's an excerpt:

Louisville (18). Rick Pitino’s future has been the subject of great conjecture ever since October, when the escort scandal engulfed his program in scrutiny, controversy and an NCAA investigation. He’s coaching as well as ever and still has the support of many in the community, but this situation could be difficult to endure for him and the administration. Pitino may well face a suspension for multiple games next season, and a coaching change may further mitigate further NCAA punishment – in addition to the self-imposed postseason ban, which blindsided Pitino earlier this month. After 15 seasons it might be time for a reset. How good is the job: Among the best in the country. No expenses spared, no better facilities. Who might get the call: Athletic director Tom Jurich’s fall-back guy if Pitino did not come in 2001 was a little-known guy at Hofstra named Jay Wright. He’s turned out OK. But that was before he became an institution in Philadelphia.

Oklahoma State (23). There have been some high notes – including several wins in recent years over Big 12 kingpin Kansas – but Travis Ford's overall résumé is pretty average in eight years on the job, so it’s almost assuredly time for a change at a place that aspires to be better than average. How good is the job: Trails Kansas and Texas within the league, but better than most of the rest. Who might get the call: Feels like a Gregg Marshall job to The Minutes. Maudlin alum sentiment will be with TV/radio guy Doug Gottlieb, and Doug Gottlieb will do his best to stoke that sentiment.

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