Good Coach, Bad Job?

TCU has hired Jim Christian to be the new men’s basketball coach.

The people I respect in the game say he’s a good coach.

His record at Kent State says so, he won 20-games six years in a row. He made the NCAA’s in 2008 and 2006. Christian was named the MAC coach of the year two times.

His 2008 Kent squad was blown out by Mountain West Tournament champion, UNLV in the first round of the NCAA’s. They only scored ten points in the first half.

I actually picked Kent to win that game in my bracket.

I question if TCU is a good basketball job. 

The Dallas Morning News didn’t even send a reporter to cover the press conference.  I was the ONLY TV reporter at the presser.  

It is a football school. They are spending big dollars on renovating their football stadium. They have to keep bumping up the salary of Gary Patterson because he keeps going to bowl game after bowl game.

Football has earned the right to be treated like number one.

I just don’t know if basketball is a priority.

Kent State hoops was not big when I worked in they Cleveland market. Christian was an assistant for Stan Heath when they made the Golden Flashes a big deal and almost made the Final Four. So, he knows how to build a winner.

Christian was a star at his press conference. We’ll see if he can make TCU a winner. From a selfish standpoint, I hope so.


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