With every win, does Mooney get another step away?

Georgia Tech is looking for a basketball coach.

Chris Mooney would seem to be a desirable candidate.

He’s done wonders at Richmond, leading them to the NCAA tournament two consecutive times. They just reached the Sweet 16 in this year’s tournament.

Two of his best players are from Atlanta, with another recruit coming in next year from our area, one whom he beat N.C. State for. He knows the city. That’s a plus.

He’s familiar coaching at schools with demanding academic standards. Another plus.

But with every win in the NCAA’s, does Mooney get one step away from Georgia Tech?

There are several schools also looking for coaches right now, schools that would seem to have deeper wallets than Tech: N.C. State, Oklahoma, Arkansas and perhaps Tennessee (if they come to their senses).

Athletic director Dan Radakovich said that the buyout ($7.2 million) owed to Paul Hewitt won’t affect the next coach’s salary. I’m not sure how it wouldn’t, but I’m not privy to the inner workings of Tech’s finances.

I do know this: Mooney makes $750,000 at Richmond and signed a seven-year deal last year. I would assume that he would want to double that at his next gig. I know I would. The Atlantic 10 is a fine conference, but it’s not the ACC, SEC or Big 12 with deeper pockets and competition.

Plus, the next hire is going to have the indirect responsibility of filling up the $45 million McCamish Pavilion. That’s pressure that I would think adds dollars to the contract.

If Tech wants Mooney, how much will it be willing to pay?

There’s also this to consider: Wins will bring fans. Wins next year may or may not because the team will be playing at two different home sites while the new arena is being built. Will that affect how much Tech wants to spend on its next coach? Again, I don’t know. It may not factor in at all. After all, the next contract won’t be for or one or two years.

So what do you think? How much would you spend to bring in the next coach? Should Mooney be the guy?

I also don’t want to imply that Mooney, should he decide to leave, will simply choose the school that offers the most money.

This is all speculation, and I don’t do that often in blogs, but I am curious what will happen.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

285 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

March 19th, 2011
8:12 pm

He has been impresive

5150 UOAD

March 19th, 2011
8:13 pm

sorry Impressive. We do need a young good coach and he seems to fit the bill.

ManUp...

March 19th, 2011
8:23 pm

Haven’t followed NCAA BB much this year due to my Jackets being in a bad way lately, but I’ve heard of this guy, so that’s worth noting.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
8:25 pm

Reports are we have already reached out to him. Others in some sites say some big time donors to GT say its already a done deal, he’s our coach. Not sure, but I hope he is….

Doug Roberson

March 19th, 2011
8:27 pm

This may be true Tech fan, but I’d be stunned if Radakovich would approach a candidate whose team is still playing. I know as of Tuesday, I think it was, they hadn’t.

Jacket 56

March 19th, 2011
8:32 pm

He’s a fine candidate but let’s keep things in perspective here. He just beat a 13 seed today to reach the sweet sixteen. I’m not sure who they played in recent tourney history but I don’t think they have alot of wins over big-time teams. It’s good that he is winning where he is and making tournament appearances but without wins against the big boys, how impressive is that? I’m not neccessarily against hiring him but I don’t know that it’s such a great hire either.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
8:33 pm

From some reports Doug, and obviously u are better plugged in then I am, is that he was reached out to even before the ACC tournament started. Thus the ability to get someone signed before “the final four”, which, lol, would make Rad a genious. But who knows right?

Doug Roberson

March 19th, 2011
8:35 pm

Again, I would be stunned if Radakovich or someone representing GT would reach out to a coach not only before that coach’s season is done, but before their own coach’s season is done.

It may be done…but there’s a difference between boosters or someone deciding that Mooney is the guy, and Mooney actually becoming the guy.

gtne80

March 19th, 2011
8:35 pm

Chris Mooney may well be a very good coach at Richmond and might also go on to be a good coach at a bigger school, but does the name “Chris Mooney” do anything to immediately energize the Georgia Tech fan base and attract big-time recruits? My humble opinion is “no.” We need a name that will result in a splash. My vote is with Mark Price.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
8:40 pm

I agree, GTNE80. Radakovich mentioned several things he was looking for in his press conference — and many were about “re-energizing the fan base, both alums and students.” i certainly do not think that Mooney can do this with the “Princeton style offense” he runs. In fact this offense probably would not work in the ACC anyway.

Mark Price is the best fit for all the reasons!!

Doug Roberson

March 19th, 2011
8:43 pm

gtbuzz: let’s get this straight….again. He doesn’t run the Princeton style offense. There are fundamentals of it in the offense, which is true of many offenses.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
8:44 pm

I wouldn’t be stunned at all Doug….it’s only in the schools best interest right? It’s not like you can’t say, “hey Chris, doin a great job up there at Richmond, etc.”

As for booster saying its done, I totally agree. My thoughts are that this guy to me is the man I want. I think he has the ability to recruit in state, as seen by what he has done here as you stated, and his style. I want the hard nose guard play and smart defense. He has done a good job of that.

And, no..he does not have a Princeton offense….lol

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
8:47 pm

I stand corrected on the offense. Sorry. The only game I watched him coach was when GT defeated the Spiders this year in the Bahamas. I think it was a double-digit win — and the Spiders played a pretty dull offense..

fanman46

March 19th, 2011
8:48 pm

price or neal that’s the deal.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
8:52 pm

You know, Price is an interesting thought, I just can’t get my arms around what he brings given Iv’e never seen him coach. I think if he was the man, he would have to bring an all star cast around him, just like Neal. IMO

William Satterwhite

March 19th, 2011
8:58 pm

Jacket 56, keep in mind that Richmond had to beat a 5 seed to put them in position to beat that 13 seed to begin with. As for other “notable” wins, along with Vanderbilt, Richmond has also beaten Purdue this season and last season they beat Missouri, Miss St and Florida. So he’s beaten his fair share of big boys. As for needing a name to make a splash that will energize the fan base, I might be alone in this but the biggest thing that will get me energized as a Tech fan is a head coach who knows how to win games and run a solid program. I’ll take a name like Mooney or Marshall any day of the week over a popular alum with no high level head coaching experience.

Ezekiel

March 19th, 2011
9:02 pm

The typical uninformed fan only knows former players or individuals with ties to the program. So that is why guys like Mark Price get mentioned. I guarantee that if you quizzed everyone who wants Mark Price to coach Georgia Tech they don’t know any of the other candidates and don’t follow college basketball very closely. Not that they aren’t Tech fans and well intentioned, just not well informed. Forget about Mark Price, he’s not even in the equation.

Tech = POMPOUS

March 19th, 2011
9:03 pm

What happened with Calipari to Tech from Kentucky???

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

William Satterwhite

March 19th, 2011
9:05 pm

“I think it was a double-digit win — and the Spiders played a pretty dull offense.”

Just wondering but if you put yourself in a Richmond fan’s shoes, which would have been more important to you- the win for your team or the excitement level generated by the offense? A highly efficient and effective offense that generally produces more wins than losses shouldn’t be something to scoff at.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
9:07 pm

I have been a GT football and basketball fan since attending GT back in the 60s — and a season ticket holder for decades. At first the “Coach mark price” idea did not resonate with me, but the more I thought about it and researched what he has been doing the past 25 years, the more I warmed to the idea.

GT has a real problem — much worse now than it was when Cremins was forced out. At the UVA game the attendance was much like it was when Coach Morrison was at Tech.

I can’t think of another name who would immediately get things going in the right direction. I believe he lives in metro-Atlanta so no move would be necessary. He could hit the road running right away.

EJ

March 19th, 2011
9:08 pm

Mooney was the guy last year if Hewitt left. Radakovich isn’t stupid, he already knew who he was getting and could get before hand. Talks go on thru agents, it’s already done.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
9:09 pm

To William Satterwhite — GT defeated Richmond this season by double digits ! And we just fired the Coach who beat them.

price is right

March 19th, 2011
9:10 pm

well I can tell you what I know about Marshall being that I lived in that area for 6 years when he coached Winthrop. In that time, I didn’t see either South Carolina or Clemson expressing interest at all. Not even a courtesy call. Both schools looked elsewhere, makes you wonder. Marshall is a good guy but that’s it, might as well bring Bobby Cremins back who is doing a great job if Mark Price isn’t your thing. By the way, Mark Price also has an arena named after him in Enid Oklahoma. Some of you may not give him credit but plenty others do that have nothing to do with GT.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:10 pm

EJ, that is what I have been hearing as well. This has been an ongoing thought by Rad to get him here.

EJ

March 19th, 2011
9:15 pm

gtbuzz that is stupid, GT had tons of talent and could beat anyone, also beat UNC, maybe Roy should be out of consideration then. One game doesn’t really mean much.

William Satterwhite

March 19th, 2011
9:16 pm

gtbuzz, I’m sorry, I got that result mixed up. Either way, that Georgia Tech coach also beat North Carolina by double digits but that doesn’t make Roy Williams any less of a coach. Over the course of a season there will be weird results sometimes, the thing that ultimately matters is where the teams stand after all the games have been played.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:16 pm

GTBuzz, we also beat UNC by 20, but you don’t see us clamoring for Roy Williams, I think we all can have some common sense and know that those wins for CPH were anomolies(if I spelled that right).

Do think we could beat L-ville this year the way we played, I think not…

EJ

March 19th, 2011
9:19 pm

Tech Fan,

I’m not “hearing” it from a message board for GT. I’m associated with Richmond.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
9:20 pm

Agree with you EJ and William S. — But i want a coach who can develop the talent once we get the players on campus. I do not want any more Anthony Morrow scenarios — it is not fair to the players.

Perhaps Mooney can develop talent — but I want someone that who has proven he has — and that would be Mark Price. I would assume that as a Tech grad that Price would surround himself with a great staff, filling in for any weaknesses he feels he has.

I guess we will all know by next weekend — hopefully. I am just glad that a change is here so that I can enjoy going to the games again.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:22 pm

“hearing” it is figurative of course.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:23 pm

GTbuzz, I can’t really put a stamp on saying “Mark Price can develope talent”, can you?

GT65

March 19th, 2011
9:26 pm

I believe like a few above me in blog that Mooney is the right man for the job. I love Mark Price but he is not the right man for the job at this time. Thats my take on it. Mooney will fill the new building if he wins..thats the secret to it, you got to win. He can get recruits and he relates with fans which is great PR. I believe he’s the right man at the right time. But I’m not Rads.

EJ

March 19th, 2011
9:27 pm

GT fans thinking Mark Price would be good or even qualified is pretty funny. Biased perhaps?

TechGrad

March 19th, 2011
9:27 pm

These Mark Price guys are cracking me up. Just remember, often a big splash is followed by an ominous gurgling sound. I think Mark Price would be in waaaaayyyy over his head as a first time HC at GT.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:29 pm

Well, Brad Stevens is back in the Sweet 16 with Butler, I like him too…but thats wishful thinking

Phil mcgroin

March 19th, 2011
9:29 pm

Mooney contract and buyout are already in the works as one fan said above. This is true. Mooney wants the GT job and some GT boosters are willing to buyout a nice chunk of his contract. The inside on this is that mooney will be the next GT coach. Once the spiders are put out, look for an announcement within 2 or 3 days after.

Calipari to GT? Anyone dumb enough to believe that is dumber than the person who wrote it!

Mooney will do an excellent job at GT. He has won 8 of his last 11 vs BCS teams and 5 of last 8 vs ranked teams. The guy beat billy donovan as well. Even calipari said that chris mooney’s teams are as well coached as anyone. They have great ball movement and shoot well. He recruits atlanta already and has proven he can play with the big boys in any conference with wins over georgetown, florida and vandy! GT basketball will be back under mooney without a doubt.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

Perhaps, Tech Fan. If you Google Price and go to his “Coaching Career,” Doc Rivers sent the Celtics star point guard (Rondo) down to Atlanta to work with Price. I believe that Rivers has also sent his son down a time or two. And I trust Doc Rivers judgment.

I also think he has worked with many of the former Gt players once they entered the pros.

just asking

March 19th, 2011
9:30 pm

if Mooney is the perfect coach, then why doesn’t he honor his 7 yr contract with Richmond? Isn’t that what contracts are for?

Does he have an arena named after him like Price does in Enid Oklahoma? There will always be some up and coming hotshot year and year, they are not going away

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

Just wondering GTbuzz, I know he does well in the pros working with guys with Free throws, but thats all I have heard. Did not know he worked with Rondo.

CT

March 19th, 2011
9:34 pm

by the way those who want Marshall, while he was the darling at Winthrop, neither Clemson nor South Carolina considered him, not even a courtesy call when they had openings, so why is GT suppose to be impressed?

well good for all 8 of you Mooney lovers on this blog, good luck re energizing the fan base, doubt if but one of you go to the games anyway

TechGrad

March 19th, 2011
9:36 pm

btw – the “big splash” was firing Hewitt. I don’t even follow Bball that closely (I’m a football and baseball fan), but I followed it even less while Hewitt was the HC. Now, I may start going to a few games. I haven’t been to a GT basketball game since Marbury left. A lot of season ticket holders didn’t renew as a way to protest CPH. Those people will come back, as long as GT makes a solid hire. It doesn’t need to be a big name. Most of the people on GT message boards aren’t looking for a big name. They’re looking for someone who can teach a system and develop a team; not just throw a bunch of talented guys on the floor and say “play”.

Tech Fan

March 19th, 2011
9:37 pm

And also GTbuzz, with the thought that he works well with individual talent and developing that make him just a good assistant, not a head coach who is good at the “big picture”. How about we compromise and say Chris Mooney head coach and Price his assistant in charge of developing our guards, lol.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
9:37 pm

Tech Fan — This is what it says on Wikipedia:
“Price is credited with helping Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo improve his jump shot. Rondo’s scoring was a key factor in the Celtics reaching the 2010 NBA Finals, where they pushed the Los Angeles Lakers to a full seven game series.”

Phil mcgroin

March 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

Brad stevens may leave butler at some point but not for GT. He has had chances to leave butler for good jobs already and said no. Mark few is another that will not leave his school unless it was a duke,kansas or ucla type job. No need to entertain something that everyone already knows WILL NOT HAPPEN.

It really doesn’t matter who you prefer, mooney deal is almost 99.9 % done. He is the man at GT. His teams play hard and can defend as well. I think he is a great get for us. I promise a team like duke or UNC who love to run, will not put up the type of points they desire or run their game plan as they want vs mooney. They will play to his pace. I’m not saying mooney is going to beat duke or UNC all the time but i think he will coach circles around many teams plain and simple.

Gt has some good pieces to work with for mooney next year also. This was a very young GT team and if shump stays…they could surprise with good coaching and learning this new system quickly.

gtbuzz

March 19th, 2011
9:39 pm

It certainly could happen — a Mooney/Price combo.

GT65

March 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

Coaches get fired like Hewitt and paid off. Coach gets better deals and buy out contract. Thats business…nothing to do with honor.
Phil Mcgroin and EJ are right on. Agree!

GT65

March 19th, 2011
9:40 pm

That could be gtbuzz

TechGrad

March 19th, 2011
9:42 pm

gtbuzz-being a personal coach/trainer is a lot different from being a head coach. A head coach has to work well with all kinds of players, but more importantly he has to be the boss. He has to be the face of the organization, deal with the media, administration, boosters, alumni, and fans. He has to recruit 24/7/365.25. Mark Price has NO experience doing that as a head coach on a high level. NONE.

Curt Moore

March 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

Doug I’ve been a fan of Mooney since last year, He’s a Paul Johnson for our basketball program. His style of play would be perfect for GT. The discipline he brings would be greatly appreciated by GT fans.
I’ve been away as a season ticket holder for about five years. He would bring me back.

Doug Roberson

March 19th, 2011
9:48 pm

Ej, id love to have your source cuz mine at richmond hasn’t heard a thing