The Aggies now face a very similar situation to the one that Maryland was in a few days ago. A big-name program in a big-time conference that needs to find a new coach to guide the way. So, who will the carousel claim for the Aggies? Brent Zwerneman has an early list of candidates, and outside of Marquette’s Buzz Williams, it doesn’t seem to be very inspiring.
So where to from here concerning a gig that, thanks to the hard work of Bill Byrne, Billy Gillispie and now Turgeon, has become a fairly attractive one to candidates across the country?
Try these names on for size, courtesy of a contact in the coaching ranks with a sweet jump shot: Nebraska’s Doc Sadler, Marquette’s Buzz Williams, Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall and Colorado’s Tad Boyle.
Williams has done yeoman’s work at Marquette, turning them into a solid second-tier Big East school on Tom Crean’s heels. Sadler looked like an up-and-comer at UTEP, but hasn’t done much with Nebraska so far. Marshall was great at Winthrop and seems to finally have the Shockers on the right track. Tad Boyle has just a few good years at Northern Colorado and Colorado.
There is also some innuendo about possibly chasing down Memphis coach Josh Pastner. That might be a bit unrealistic, considering Memphis isn’t any less prestigious than A&M, but hey, if they want to spend the money, it could happen.
I would want Williams and then Marshall, in that order, of these four candidates.