There's a hot discussion about Oregon basketball going on at DuckTerritory's message board about Oregon basketball and the job Dana Altman has done so far.
But ESPN is also looking at the coaches of college basketball, hey it is Coaches Week at ESPN.com!, and today they broke down the pecking order for the Pac-12's best jobs.
They took a group of 14 members of writers and TV analysts and looked at each program's facilities, recent success, tradition, expectation levels, the athletic budget, fan support, and last but not least they also looked at the pressure to win.
Here is what Myron Medcalf wrote about the Ducks and their position in the Pac-12 pecking order:
The first problem with this job is that you have to coach on that hideous floor. But there are certainly some benefits, too. See: Nike and money. When Phil Knight, Nike’s chairman, loves your program, you get trinkets such as the $227 million Matthew Knight Arena, which opened last year. But that booster power has led some to believe that Knight yields a little too much power. In 2010, the eligibility of a few players was questioned during an NCAA investigation related to illegal benefits. But young players love fancy stuff -- and Oregon has a lot of fancy items to lure talented players. The Ducks have struggled recently, but they’ll always invest in basketball with Knight in the background. That’s a plus for any coach, including Dana Altman, who signed a 7-year, $12.6 million contract when he arrived in 2010.
The list is a pretty good discussion feeder for basketball off-season.
Personally, I'd slide Cal down to 7th and bump USC and Stanford up a spot each. Maybe even bump Colorado too. I think Stanford is the more established Bay Area school and the USC Trojans while lacking fan support and a terrible season this year have put together a good string of hoops since 2000 and have produced a good amount of NBA talent. Colorado I think has a chance to climb this list too under Tad Boyle with the school being able to his the SoCal area now in recruiting while keeping the midwest ties too.
Agree, disagree, let us know in the comment section below.
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