Yesterday brought us news that Tim Floyd turned down Arizona to stay at USC and that Georgia has tabbed Nevada's Mark Fox to replace Dennis Felton, a move the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mark Bradley called "not such a terrific hire."
Also yesterday, Tennessee's Bruce Pearl turned down Memphis and landed himself a new six-year contract to stay in Knoxville in the process.
That means Memphis is still looking for the coach who will make people say "wow," as promised by the Tigers booster who is helping lead the search. Unfortunately, the "wow" names, such as Pearl and Floyd, are steering clear of Memphis. Now, less-heralded coaches ("shamwow names?") make up the Tigers' wish list: Baylor's Scott Drew, Mississippi's Andy Kennedy, former NBA and New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus and Massachusetts Coach Derek Kellogg.
Meanwhile, Arizona is still looking after Floyd made a visit to see "what constitutes an elite program," but stayed at USC, which apparently isn't an elite program. The Wildcats are entering a period of rebuilding after all their recent coaching drama, so this hire is crucial for AD Jim Livengood, who will continue to lose support from the Arizona community the longer the search drags out (it's in its fifth month). Louisville's Rick Pitino, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and John Calipari, now at Kentucky, aren't walking through that door, for a variety of reasons. Now the Wildcats may try to woo Xavier's Sean Miller or Oklahoma's Jeff Capel.
April 3, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
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