- Apr 19, 2009
Definitely fair. I suppose the dislike in me wants to see it as a warning shot to candidates that UR will fire their winningest coach in history (to be fair, also the coach with the most losses in UR history) because he didn’t take the Spiders dancing enough.DB: agree with your analysis except I don't think it gives prospective coaches pause if Richmond makes a move. Coaches will understand that when you have made the conference tournament semifinal round only once in the last decade and it's been 10 years since your last NCAA appearance, the university has been more than patient with you. Especially when you can't coach your self-professed best team ever past Hofstra or LaSalle. Heck, prospective coaches will have a pretty low bar to clear following Mooney. And wasn't that the headline when UR left the CAA for the A-10, they'd be raking in all those at-large bids they couldn't get in the CAA. So I think if Richmond finally (ever?) makes a move, there will be interest by good coaches. But otherwise, I agree - he's just successful enough to keep his job, but not good enough to be a consistent threat to his rivals.
On the flip side, I guess coaches could be excited by the idea that a coach could go 10 years without dancing and rake over a million a year to do it at Richmond too.
Richmond as a job has some perks for sure. Nice traditional campus, recent renovations to basketball facilities, good budget support for MBB. Fan support isn’t great but when they’re good they have decent support. They’ve played 2nd fiddle to VCU in MBB for quite awhile but a motivated and driven coach would see that as a challenge. Drawbacks include self-imposed admissions obstacles to getting the best NCAA-qualified players or non-qualifiers who can sit out but join the program a year later. That probably would give a number of coaches pause. Coaches who are used to coaching at schools with similar self-imposed limits could probably work with that.
Richmond is a job with potential and good support. However, the overall culture from the AD on down there seems laid back with lip service to being committed to winning at a championship level and visible investments in the program but not much in the way of tangible expectations for success at the highest level or accountability for failing to meet them.
Actually, that sounds like a dream job now that I’ve read that. As long as you kinda win enough, you can coast and cash in even if you don’t do anything meaningful.
Let’s just hope they keep Mooney or fire him and hire another guy who will coast and keep the Spiders in our shadow.