The Coaching Changes twitter feed on April 2 posted: “Is San Jose State really a division one program?”
Not sure what the tweet references — the long term Spartan basketball program win-loss record or how the latest coaching search is unfolding — but, yes, another heap of national disrespect.
San Jose State University announced Jean Prioleau’s departure on Friday, March 12. Today, it’s Saturday, April 3.
On a daily basis, the best of a tidal wave of D1 transfers are being signed. Similarly, coaches and community college and high school recruiting prospects are cementing relationships or moving forward in the development stage.
Do the SJSU powers-in-charge have any sense of recruiting’s critical timeliness? Or is their secret plan to lure Roy Williams out of retirement?
Will whoever is finally hired yet again get nailed with the situation of writing off his first season because of the tardiness of his hire?
Want to be viewed as a first class entity? Act first class. Pay first class. Fund first class.
Coaching Changes posted on March 15: “San Jose State has a pool of names in the mix that included Dave Rice, Earl Watson, Marvin Menzies, Steve Lavin and Kurtis Townsend.”
Then, Hoop Dirt put this up on March 29: “San Jose State: Interviews starting here this week as well. Names that I’ve heard: Rick Croy (head coach Cal Baptist), Chris Jans (head coach New Mexico State), Marvin Menzies (former head coach New Mexico State and UNLV), David Patrick (associate head coach Arkansas / former head coach UC Riverside), Eric Reveno (associate head coach Georgia Tech / former head coach Portland), and Rex Walters (assistant coach New Orleans Pelicans / former head coach at San Francisco and Florida Atlantic).”
Even at the time, the March 15 possibilities looked like a pick a name out of a hat contest. The sole serious candidate from the five turned out to be Marvin Menzies. From the March 29 candidates, it HAS to be either Croy or Patrick. Either one makes the most sense. Now about the dollars…
An excerpt from Chris Murray’s Mountain West Conference 2020-21 season team rankings: “San Jose State (F+): The Spartans finished ninth in the 11-team conference but had the league’s lowest KenPom ranking at No. 333 (one spot behind Air Force). SJSU went 5-16 overall and 3-13 in MW action with coach Jean Prioleau being fired after the season (he went 8-62 in conference games during his tenure). The Spartans beat only three D-I teams this season, and those came in a row from Jan. 23-30 (two wins over Air Force and one over New Mexico). SJSU was outscored by 15.6 points per game, the worst mark in the conference.”
Is taking on the Spartan position the ultimate definition of heavy lifting?