Maryland coaching search: pros and cons of various names

Well, Sean Miller isn’t walking through that door. Neither are Mike Brey, Jamie Dixon or Jay Wright.

So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of some of the names being bandied about.

MARK TURGEON

Pros: 13 seasons of Division I head coaching experience (two at Jacksonville State, seven at Wichita State, four at Texas A&M). Finished with losing record in only two of those seasons. Five NCAA tournament appearances (Sweet 16 at Wichita State in 2006). Of Texas A&M’s 12 NCAA tournament appearances, four came under Turgeon. Untainted by scandal. “Fear the Turgeon” is a natural slogan.

Cons: No apparent Washington area ties, though he did get DeMatha product Naji Hibbert of Baltimore to attend Texas A&M. Seen as a solid, if unspectacular recruiter. Already turned down one power-conference program last year (Oregon), and received a contract extension and raise as a result. Has publicly commented about lack of fan support for his team at football-mad Texas A&M (though that likely wouldn’t be a problem at Comcast Center).

ROB EHSAN

Pros: Familiarity with program, players and a growing number of fans after six seasons as assistant to Gary Williams in College Park. Noted as a personable, effective recruiter. Youth could be an asset, making it easier to relate to college-age players.

Cons: Zero head coaching experience. Reportedly not a candidate for the job.

TUBBY SMITH

Pros: Won national championship at Kentucky in 1998. 16 NCAA tournament appearances. Hails from Southern Maryland.

Cons: Turns 60 on June 30, so age could be seen as a factor. Hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire at Minnesota (four seasons, two first-round NCAA tournament exits, one NIT, one year no postseason, Gophers haven’t finished higher than sixth in Big Ten).

JOHN LUCAS

Pros: Has expressed interest in the job. Starred at Maryland in the 1970s. Has NBA head coaching experience (six seasons in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Cleveland).

Cons: Only two playoff appearances in those six NBA seasons, and none since 1994. Hasn’t been a head coach since 2003.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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