Radakovich on the basketball search

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has declined requests to discuss his ongoing search for a men’s basketball coach. However, he did pen this in The Good Word, the weekly letter to Tech supporters that came out today:

Men’s Basketball Coaching Search

March Madness this year has a somewhat different connotation around the Georgia Tech athletic offices this week. I am able to surface briefly from the throes of our ongoing search for the new head basketball coach to share a few thoughts for this edition of The Good Word.

First, I appreciate, as always, all of the input I have received from our fans and supporters. I feel really good about the progress we have made in the search process. As expected, it has been elongated somewhat because some of the coaches we are interested in have teams playing deep into the post season.

While there are no guarantees in this difficult world of coaching searches, I still feel strongly that we might be able to have a new coach selected before next weekend’s Final Four in Houston. I have been gratified by the significant interest in Georgia Tech basketball from across the country. I believe we are positioned to make a great hire and see a resurgence in our program.

We all understand that we have some work to do to rebuild the confidence of our fan base. On the other hand, we have the nucleus of a pretty good basketball team for next year if everything remains constant. It should be a veteran bunch with guys who have been around the block a few times in the ACC. Add to that a couple of very talented signees in Julian Royal and Ray Parks, the enthusiasm of a new coach and I think you’d have to say the program is poised for a comeback.

I believe the program will get healthy again very quickly. I am getting the sense from my communication that a lot of the fans who have taken a hiatus from the program are ready to come back. I think the anticipation of a new coaching staff and the move to a new arena in 2012 will infuse the energy and excitement we are all looking for.

The basketball coaching job at Georgia Tech is incredibly high profile by nature. The right coach with a successful track record and the right energy, enthusiasm and message will certainly energize our fan base even before he ever coaches a game.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

58 comments Add your comment

juvenal

March 24th, 2011
10:11 am

juvenal

March 24th, 2011
10:13 am

good track record, let the man do his job…….speaking of which, good job, Doug, worried about you when things got slow earlier in the week……

Rochester Jacket

March 24th, 2011
10:26 am

BREAKING NEWS: Nolan Richardson is a leading candidate for the job.

ga tech 92

March 24th, 2011
10:30 am

Get the right hire and they will come back for sure. The fans only boycotted games to send a clear message about the previous administration. Had their voices been heard without having to boycot games, then the attendance wouldn’t have had to suffer along the way. Anyway, we are where we are. Get the right coach and this situation is instantly resolved imo.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 24th, 2011
10:37 am

Now that the worst coach/thief in the history of NCAA sports is gone, we will return.

collegeballfan

March 24th, 2011
10:53 am

He sure is tight lipped about the search. But then, I would be the same.

I still believe Tech must make Brad Stevens say NO.

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 24th, 2011
10:54 am

Wichita State looked very well coached.

RamblinRed

March 24th, 2011
11:02 am

That tells you all you will get from DRad and all we really need to know. Just confirms the rumors been hearing that his main candidates are still coaching and so they can’t be interviewed yet.

Luke

March 24th, 2011
11:05 am

collegeballfan,

Sources inside the AA tell me his agent already did.

Dollar Bill

March 24th, 2011
11:07 am

The shockers did look really good and it was fun to see Bobby’s expressions again. Stone Mountain / East Hall’s Andrew Goudelock was bombing from LONG range last night . I hope he gets a shot in the NBA – he deserves it. I will be totally shocked if Mooney is not our next coach. Rumors going around that we only 750K to pay a coach. Ha. They wish. We gots’ the money.

techsc

March 24th, 2011
11:09 am

They need Mooney or Marshall with Neal or Price as an assistant head coach. If Mooney or Marshall come to GT and do a really good job a school with more money than sense will hire them away in 3-4 years and we would have our next coach sitting on the bench.

GTBob

March 24th, 2011
11:12 am

Now that the worst coach/thief in the history of NCAA sports is gone, we will return.

Does Hewitt really deserve comments like that? He certainly wasn’t doing a good job for the last several years but continuing to rag on him doesn’t really make our fan base look any better, and calling him a thief is absurd.

As for the new hire, I have faith in DRad on this one. There are several good options and he will pick the one who best suits Tech.

Okeefe/Bob

March 24th, 2011
11:47 am

GTBob— I agree.I’m sure Paul Hewitt doe not feel good about his failure.He, as always, has taken the high road in all this mess. So let’ leave him alone and and move on.Tech people should be a little more civil.

Luke

March 24th, 2011
11:52 am

I completely agree. Hewitt has been a class act in all of this, regardless about what people have said to him. He was offered the contract and anyone of you would have accepted in a heart beat. Good luck to him in the future and hopefully he enjoys what life has given him.

Paul in RDU

March 24th, 2011
12:13 pm

Let’s leave off the bashing of Hewitt. He’s gone.

Veteran Fan

March 24th, 2011
12:38 pm

Every game will be a sellout the first season in the new arena! I have all the faith in the world in DRAD as I love Coach Johnson and I know that he will not hire a retread like Coach Richardson or a crook like Sampson, Calipari, or Pearl! We are buying at least two season tickets and all my friends are buying for next season wherever we play! Expect to outdraw the Hawks in Philips, especially if they are selling beer! Tech basketball, the only game in town!

We're All Speculating

March 24th, 2011
1:25 pm

“The right coach with a successful track record and the right energy, enthusiasm and message will certainly energize our fan base even before he ever coaches a game.”

Shaka Smart is all of these, PLUS his career tournament (conference and post-season) record in just two seasons is 13-2. 13-2! That’s a nice record to have for a college coach at any level.

gtarizona

March 24th, 2011
1:32 pm

neal and price best for tech . could be driving some dawga nuts

gtarizona

March 24th, 2011
1:33 pm

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Gordon

March 24th, 2011
1:38 pm

You can go with the young, hot guy with a great last 2 or 3 years, or you can go with someone with a longer, more sustainable winning record. There are risks with anyone, but the latter lessens that risk. The young, hot guys are Mooney and Smart. The guy with long winning record is Marshall. Radakovich went with the guy with the long winning record during the football search 3 years ago. I think he will do the same now.

SouthBendJacket

March 24th, 2011
1:52 pm

Collegeballfan is a GENIUS!!!!!!!!! Brad Stevens loves Butler, but I would guess he could learn to love Atlanta for the right price. He can recruit and coach! Put him in a hotbed like Atlanta and imagine what he could do!!!! It would cost a lot though.

I am intrigued By Shaka Smart though too. I don’t know as much about him, but he has done amazing things this year!

Taco

March 24th, 2011
2:07 pm

I don’t blame Hewitt for the contract, I blame BRAINE! He owes us money. Like Bernie Madoff. I would played it just like Hewitt and he was and is a great guy. Only an evil person would dislike someone because of their shortcomings. Congrats Paul and retaing your grace and integrity through this whole process. Being a crummy coach is no crime.

Cut and Paste- again and again!!!

March 24th, 2011
2:12 pm

Why are most of Doug’s articles a “cut & paste” of what’s available on Ramblingwreck.com?

Doug, do you actually do any research of your own in writing your articles? It’s the same during football season when you cut and paste the post-game quotes directly from the GT official site. We can go there to read the same news instead of coming here to AJC.

It’s unfortunate that our “beat writer” resorts to this poor level of journalism… If you want to know what kind of quality coverage a “beat writer” can provide, all you need to do is look at Coley Harvey at the Macon Telegraph. He’s always written original, insightful and intriguing articles about Tech. Too bad he’s leaving for the Orlando Sentinel to cover the Noles…

We demand better work from you Doug! Your “cut & paste” jobs aren’t fooling anyone! Maybe the execs at AJC need to pay more attention to what’s going on here…

Cut and Paste- again and again!!!

March 24th, 2011
2:18 pm

Why is my comment not being posted??? Is it because it’s an honest truth of what’s going on with Doug’s journalism here at AJC? Sad.. very very sad.

Ramblin Man

March 24th, 2011
2:26 pm

I never hated Hewitt I just felt he was not what GT basketball needed and unfortunately the fanbase had to make the team and institution suffer to get our point across. I am not worried about Hewitt he is a good guy by all accounts and of course his family will not suffer finance wise and he will land a new job somewhere.
It is time for the program to change and I believe myself and most other GT fans will be in attendence next season to support the new coach and players.

Tech Forever

March 24th, 2011
2:28 pm

I always love the “Stevens can recruit” comments. If there is one thing about the coach we’re not sure of is if he in fact CAN recruit. Butler has signed exactly one Rivals 4 star player in the last 5 seasons (Howard) and no 5 star players. Mack and Heyward were both 3 stars, and Van zant was a 2 star.

The two things we know for 100% certainty are that the guy can flat out coach and the guy wins games. But can he recruit? Who knows. My guess is as long as he’s at Butler he’ll have to continue to develop 2 and 3 star players into the amazing teams he has been.

Techy466

March 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

Dan will make the right decision – people who care about Georgia Tech – Price and Neal! Price has spent most of his life in the basketball gym and knows the game. How else could someone his size make it to the highest level? 1st team All NBA, 4x NBA All Star, ACC Most Valuable Player. Mark Price worked his tail off in the gym and studying the game to be able to do this! His work ethic and determination got him where he is. Please don’t question that. Watch him on Your Tube and see what our players could learn from him! How many shots do you think he shot a day, a month, a year to be on of three players to shoot 50% from the field and 90% from the free throw line in a season? Not to mention, point guards are coaches on the floor. I saw him behind the bench of every Hawk’s home game the last two years – which happened to be the best two seasons the Hawks have had in years. Price would be great for GT basketball! He helped put GT basketball on the map.

SouthBendJacket

March 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

TechForever– He has found recruits that no one else looks at. And if I’m not mistaken, is he still in the tournament???? Rivals makes guesses about players and their ability. Obviously he sees players a little differently than the almighty Rivals!!!

NO ONE BETTER

March 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

DRAD, HIRE MARK PRICE AND CRAIG NEAL AND I WILL MOVE BACK TO ATLANTA ….MY FIRST PURCHASE, GT SEASON TICKETS

I WANT THESE TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO ONE BETTER

March 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

take a look at what the Thrillerdome use to be like at one time, UNC and Duke could NOT stand to come to Atlanta, we owe Bobby Cremins alot

the crowd was standing room only and crazy. The thing about GT basketball was other fans bought it, my whole family and all my relatives initially cheered for that OTHER school but when Bobby Cremins arrived, they all crossed over for basketball season. How could you not? It was WILD!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3DRoZedpaU&feature=autoplay&list=PL72DC6B283E731E83&index=24&playnext=2

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

Radakovich is doing his job well, and it is something we take for granted here at Tech these days. Just look at some of the other AD’s in recent years at other schools (no need to name names, we all know ‘em). I remain confident in DRad to sort out the field of prospects and hire the best man for the job.

FullMetalJacket

March 24th, 2011
3:44 pm

There have been many interesting and some worthy names mentioned on these blogs as the next head coach for Tech. Knowing that DRad is looking at these guys and perhaps a few whose names haven’t even surfaced yet is encouraging. As the man responsible for the hire, he knows more about the situation and the individuals than most bloggers put together. While I have my favorites, like everyone else does, I’m ready to support anyone that DRad hires, confident that like myself, he has the Institute’s best interests in mind and at heart.

Jack Daniels Terrier

March 24th, 2011
3:51 pm

I’m not telling Radakovich to hire any particular one. It is enough that he considers and interviews the appropriate coaching talent and makes a decision based on that. I respect his silence on the matter (some AD’s make the search all about themselves with frequent pressers, etc.) and am glad he addressed the topic in his “Good Word” of the week. Because it is becoming an extended search due to the tournament, however, I do hope he will periodically continue to keep us posted on the general situation. We all agree the most important thing is to bring in a leader and winner worthy of the position.

Doug Roberson

March 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

Coley does do a good job. As for me, I would point to a few hundred of the other blogs I’ve posted, as well as the stories.

Price & Neal Package a Joke

March 24th, 2011
4:00 pm

Mark Price and Craig Neal each deserve consideration for the Tech head coaching job, but this recent blubbering about a “package” deal is unrealistic and the stuff of pulp fiction. If Neal were hired as head coach, and Price wanted to join him as an assitant, that would be great, almost fairy-tale great, for the program. But common sense tells us you can only have one chief, and neither AD’s, nor schools, nor coaches are foolish enough to pursue anything resembling “co-coaches” or a single coach with the quid pro quo of hiring a right hand man. Price is a legend, and Neal is very nearly one, and both are great Tech men with great Tech legacies. Both are still young men, too. If Radakovich goes with a Mooney or Marshall, then there will be time and opportunity enough for either Price or Neal to coach the Jackets in the future.

Pre-Hewie and Post-Hewie

March 24th, 2011
4:08 pm

It was great watching Bobby coach against Gregg Marshall last night…maybe the bookend coaches around Hewitt?

FullMetalJacket

March 24th, 2011
4:13 pm

By the way, feels like football weather today in Charlotte. I am already excited about next season in football and basketball, too. Just think, during those halftime shows and commercial delays at Bobby Dodd/Grant Field we will be LOOKING FORWARD to basketball season rather than DREADING it.!!! I may not re-activate my season hoops tickets next season because of the venues, but I will go to most home hoop games. And I will absolutely fully renew and upgrade season tix in the new arena.

FullMetalJacket

March 24th, 2011
4:18 pm

The only thing in DRad’s comments that give me pause is his expressed confidence that he’ll still make the hire by Final Four weekend. I won’t read too much into it but oft-mentioned Mooney could very well make it that far. (Marshall will be done, either way, in the NIT, by then.)

FullMetalJacket

March 24th, 2011
4:19 pm

Does anyone else find ESPN’s Andy Katz a complete joke and idiot on hoops, or is it just me?

ken anderson

March 24th, 2011
4:53 pm

Why in the world do any of you think Neal or Price would be a geeat hire?!?!?!?! DRAD do the right thing and ask Brad Stevens and if he says no then tell Mooney its his!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ken anderson

March 24th, 2011
4:54 pm

Marshall is leading canidiate at Tennessee guys!!

ken anderson

March 24th, 2011
4:59 pm

Shaka Smart is probably the guy who will take the job if offered, but DRAD will want someone who can handle a program without a home and Smart may be too young and that is why MOONEY is the most logical choice also his offense is more scheme while Smarts is athletic pressure which is what Hewitt tried. I believe DRAD wants a change in the style we play, so guys MOONEY is our man!!

GATECH 80

March 24th, 2011
7:26 pm

I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again. People like Ga Tech 92, please do us a favor and don’t bother to come back. What true Georgia Tech fan, or any college fan for that matter, sits on their butt at home just because they don’t like the coach?
If you think that Radakovich needed your see your non-support of the team to determine a new coach was needed, you’re a idiot.

GATECH 80

March 24th, 2011
7:30 pm

and that’s ‘needed TO see’. I apologize that I proofread like a few AJC columnists.

Carolina Gator Lover

March 24th, 2011
8:15 pm

Drad,
When you seat the new coliseum, you should reward the fans that bought and used tickets in the last few years. Those that stayed away should be at the end of the line,

WJ

March 24th, 2011
9:23 pm

Agree with ramblinman…no hate just deserved better for GT. Yes fans will return.

Thanks Radakovich for doing a great job search…

GT65

March 24th, 2011
9:26 pm

GT80 GET A LIFE !

sports

March 24th, 2011
10:50 pm

7.2 MILLION…unbelievable, and Hewitt laughing all the way to the bank.

FullMetalJacket

March 25th, 2011
12:52 am

Just got here….who was DRAD interviewing today (Thursday)???

SCJACKET

March 25th, 2011
8:51 am

The Tech basketball fans only left the building not the program. The problem has already been fixed. We all know DRAD is going to hire a great new coach. The players are good and the talent pool for future players available for Tech basketball and the new coach is deep. All is well…..already!