Both UC Santa Barbara and San Jose State coaches are getting some run as the potential next basketball coach for the California Golden Bears.
Tim Miles was a miracle worker at Nebraska. He ran a solid offensive system and recruited very well from the East Coast. Getting them to the NCAA tourney is equivalent to Cal getting to a New Year's Bowl. Fred Hoiberg has not even come close to getting the Huskers to respectable.
SJSU is a historically bad program. Getting them to 20 wins and an NIT is also larger than it seems.
This is not an endorsement of him (yet) , but don't undersell what he has accomplished. I get definite Ben Braun vibes, with a slightly better offensive system.
Knowing Cal, they'll go with Miles. Because his record is worst than Pasternack, and they'll think that's a positive.
Same article mentions Utah Valley and Stanford alum Mark Madsen as a potential for Stanford. I wonder if Cal would also consider him.
Tim Miles is Mark Fox 2.0
Any chance for Cuonzo Part Deux?
These seem very on brand. I really hope we look at Ryan Odom, whose ceiling is higher than both. I haven't any paid attention to SJ State, but I thought I had read that Miles has his teams play a pretty grind it out style. Not asking for a Dykes- or Wilcox-style over-correction to the last guy, but I think fans would welcome a high pace style of basketball. That's an easier sell to players and fans who have been starved for a good offensive beginning as far back as Cuonzo.
My thought is that Jimmy K will find a way to F this up
Cal needs to take an outside the box approach and find someone who's young, tough and scrappy. We missed the boat with Dennis Gates, who has since shown he has the chops to build a program -- no way we're able to lure him away now. But what about another former Cal favorite: Jerome Randle. No coaching experience, but as a point guard exposed to many different offensive schemes, he's gotta know how to implement a plan that maximizes the roster's strengths -- and there's nobody tougher or scrappier.
After mostly being ignored by the NBA because of his height, Randle has had a 14-year professional career in Turkey, Israel, Ukraine, Belgium, Australia, Lithuania, France, Germany and Russia. Who wouldn't want to play for someone like that? -- especially since such a low percentage of players (even on the blue-blood teams) make it in the NBA. I don't know if he's interested, but I'd be willing to bet that whatever Cal is able to pay him would be a step up from what he's been making. Randle could hit the recruiting trail, both domestically and in any of the countries where he's played (except Russia). Hire Braun as one of his assistants, and I think there's a greater chance for success than by hiring some boring old guy from SJS or UCSB.
Pasternak would be a great choice. If not him then a high profile coach that is a top recruiter. Cal needs athletic players thst can shoot! They need Alpha players from their hs teams. They haven’t had one in years. Everyone wants to pass because nobody can shoot.
This line about Miles, “ so he technically performed solidly relative to expectations,” would be the reason why Knowlton would choose him over Pasternack.
I would also look hard at Hawai'i head coach Eran Ganot
Cal fans shouldn’t count on Pasternack, other Power 5s in the mix and above all he loves Santa Barbara.
The NIL era has really taken a lot of the sting out of the Sean Miller violations…that behavior is now almost legal.
Tim Miles seems to be very good at turning around a bad program in a short time, but bad at sustaining that success. He'd potentially be the MWC coach of the year if Alford (boo, hiss) wasn't drastically exceeding expectations this year.
Knowing that, Cal will hire him and quickly give him a 10 year extension after taking us to the NIT in his second year.
Wow I'm surprised there's talks about possible co as coaching changes 😀
Pasternack, Russell Turner, or one of Gonzaga's assistant coaches.
Or sellout and spend the big bucks and get Dennis Gates