So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of some of the names being bandied about.
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).
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.
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).
Cons: Only two playoff appearances in those six NBA seasons, and none since 1994. Hasn’t been a head coach since 2003.