“Mooney, mooney, mooney, mooney….Mooooooonneeey”

Chris Mooney.

Aside from just ensuring google puts this blog toward the top of searches for Richmond’s basketball coach, he’s also the topic du jour in college basketball.

Most of you have made no secret of your desire that he should be Georgia Tech’s No. 1 target as its next basketball coach.

Well most of you also know that the Yellow Jackets aren’t the only ones searching for a basketball coach.

Tennessee’s reps have reached out to Mooney’s reps, according to volquest.com (need a subscription to read it). Mooney’s agent isn’t returning calls, which may be because his client has a game tonight in the NCAA tournament.

Tech, of course, isn’t talking about its search, other than for athletic director Dan Radakovich to post a few thoughts in his blog on ramblinwreck.com.

It’s within reason that Tennessee has more money to spend on its next basketball coach than does Tech.

Do you think Tech has any chance of landing Mooney? He seems comfortable at schools with tough academic requirements, otherwise he wouldn’t have coached at Air Force and then Richmond.

If not Tennessee, there’s Oklahoma, Missouri and N.C. State.

Do you think Tech has any chance of landing Mooney?

– Doug Roberson, AJC

53 comments Add your comment

devildawg

March 25th, 2011
10:19 am

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devildawg

March 25th, 2011
10:19 am

sk

March 25th, 2011
10:20 am

I suppose it depends on how much contact Radakovich has already made. Mooney profiles very nicely to Tech, but he would at NC State too. Tennessee makes sense, but Mooney would have to live through possible sanctions – and he doesn’t have to do that given his demand. That said, clearly schools like Tennessee, Oklahoma, State, Mizzou might have more money. I think Mooney has a pretty good chance of going to Tech … NC State wants to make a huge splash though.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 25th, 2011
10:31 am

Coaching B.B. in the SEC is like…well, coaching B.B. in the SEC.

Of course we have a shot…better than UT’s.

juvenal

March 25th, 2011
10:34 am

thought you meant the theme from “$”……..maybe is the same thing…..plenty of coaches; just make sure no big up front, make sure you can get out quick……trouble with duke. no dukies around to hassle when they screw up….in roundball, that is, they don’t know if we beat them in football(of course, they don’t know when they beat us in FB, either)…..

McPants

March 25th, 2011
10:40 am

Looks like the ugag trolls are out early today.

If Chris Mooney doesn’t work out, I say we go hard after Gregg Marshall over at Wichita State. Guy knows how to get it done.

NOPE

March 25th, 2011
10:40 am

Not impressed with Mooney and don’t want him

I’m sorry, where did the “most of you” come from? Did you mean Doug, that is who you want

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
10:45 am

Someone was criticizing DRAD the other day.
Another blogger defended him by thanking him for not running away when he found out the mess (two very bad contracts) Dave Braine left him.
We don’t sit in on the interviews.
I am ten times more confident DRAD has a better idea than Braine who would be a good personality and skill fit here.
His decision may also be hampered in that the football factories have a lot more dough to work with.
I am not real keen about a bidding war for the latest hot coach.
A senior-laden team makes many coaches appear better than they are.
As I’ve said, I trust DRAD and have no serious recommendation to make.
I jokingly recommended Kaiser a week ago more as a complement.
When Bobby thought he wanted to go back to SC would have been the time to look him up.

B

March 25th, 2011
10:49 am

Agree with “NOPE”; according to Eamonn Brennan’s guide to the Kansas-Richmond Sweet 16 matchup (http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/28024/a-know-it-alls-guide-to-the-southwest), Mooney runs a slow, slow Princeton offense which ranks #318 in the country in tempo.

Sorry, but that’s a recipe for boring basketball — hardly the jolt Tech needs to rejuvenate its program. I’m not saying that he’s not a good coach, but I think GT should look elsewhere.

ACC stinks...

March 25th, 2011
10:56 am

It’s already been reported that Mooney squashed the rumor and isn’t interested. Old news.

Ed

March 25th, 2011
10:57 am

WINS equal rejuvenation, not splashy repartee.

Tech Forever

March 25th, 2011
10:57 am

I think Tech has a chanc e to land Mooney, but as I don’t see Mooney as our best option if he goes elsewhere and we get someone I think has a better track record and pedigree then I’ll be happy.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
11:05 am

Whether we hire either of the two ex-Jackets or not will not make any difference to me.
You need to trust your AD.
I’m think DRAD is the best one we had since the two who hired Heisman and Dodd.
Don’t whine if they don’t pick your choice.
Especially if you have no intention of attending games either way.

Okeefe/Bob

March 25th, 2011
11:07 am

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
11:08 am

Heisman, correct me if I am wrong, did his best work at Tech after developing his coaching skills at Auburn and Clemson.

will

March 25th, 2011
11:12 am

I love the complaints about the tempo of the offense he runs at Richmond. We all know that a coach who runs an aberrant-yet-highly-efficient offense could never be successful at Tech in any sport.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
11:12 am

I am all for a password for a college’s blog that you get with season tickets or a contribution.
The fanbases can argue on Jeff’s and Mark’s blogs.
Both Tech and Uga fans should leave the other’s main blog alone.

Chuck Sheen

March 25th, 2011
11:17 am

Why isn’t he returning calls? Maybe because it’s a done deal. Shaka will end up at Tenn. His style is more set for SEC play. Mooney will be at Tech. Tired of this weak speculation on AJC’s part…

Doug Roberson

March 25th, 2011
11:25 am

Hey Tigerblood, no one outside of Tech is more frustrated at not being able to get on-the-record information than I am. I’ve left more messages and made more phone calls in the past two weeks than at any time. I’m trying my best. I’ve heard lots of off-the-record stuff from folks, but I can’t do much with it until I can get confirmation.

Gordon

March 25th, 2011
11:27 am

I don’t think NC State’s fans want Mooney because they perceive him to be too much like Herb Sendek. I don’t think Mooney would want Tennessee because of the problems coming their way from the NCAA.

Maybe he would go to OU, but I would think the fit between Mooney and Tech would be very good, especially since he already recruits here.

I still want Marshall, but would be very happy with Mooney. I don’t understand why Tech talked to the Tulsa coach.

Doug Roberson

March 25th, 2011
11:30 am

Gordon, I agree with you and Bradley on Wojcik. He may be a heck of a coach, but the results are missing.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
11:31 am

Here is something I can guarantee.
It may take a few years but before long we’ll be rewriting Hewitt’s history here with a positive spin.
Lucky or not, he did set our high water mark.
Think for once how that looks to continue bashing your best result.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
11:32 am

Doug, there will never be a secret password for a college’s blog, will there?

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Thanks to you, Mark and Jeff I don’t have to watch Elizabeth Taylor be made into a saint like Anna Nicole.

Doug Roberson

March 25th, 2011
11:40 am

Ummmm, what?

How about Duke getting its head handed to it last night? I didn’t expect that.

Truth

March 25th, 2011
11:40 am

I second the password. I started buying season tickets in 2005. I would love to be able to blog with only tech fans. Good call 2011. RLTW!

Truth

March 25th, 2011
11:47 am

sorry, habit. THWG!

Scott

March 25th, 2011
12:29 pm

Tennesse has looming violations issues that could hurt their search. We can’t pay as much, but the Tenn AD is also trying to save his own job after the Lane Kiffin fiasco. Do you want to go work for an AD that has a good chance of not being there is 2 years with a program facing potential violations?

Besides that, they are such different value propositions and Mooney is honestly a better fit at GT. Hopefully he evaluates that based on more than money.

Now, I hope we’re taking a serious look at Greg Marshall as well. I peeked at his credentials on Wikipedia and they are outstanding. Either one would be a great get.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 25th, 2011
12:52 pm

I can tolerate most of the mutts who post on here. Even the obviously ignorant redneck ones are usually good for a laugh. What ticks me off though is someone else using my name, and that’s been happening a lot the past 2 weeks. And when I modify it to try to set things straight, he uses the modified one too. I reported it, but I haven’t received any kind of response yet. But password access would certainly fix that problem, so I’m all for it.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 25th, 2011
12:59 pm

There was even somebody in here posing as Doug a couple of nights ago. That kind of nonsense needs to be stopped.

sk

March 25th, 2011
1:09 pm

Since “tempo” of offense is the only measurement of excitement. Princeton is not a slow-arse offense … it sure has been in forms. But jeez, Georgetown runs it. Richmond topped 70 points 17 times this year … Georgia Tech topped 70 FIFTEEN times. If a team is shooting it 40.5% from the field and below 30% as a team from 3-point land and up tempo – there is no way they can be as boring as a team that plays slow but shoots 46.3% from the field, 40% from three point land.

That boring slow Richmond offense OUTSCORED Georgia Tech’s up-tempo one … feel the boredom!

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
1:35 pm

sk
Tech beat Richmond.
One of the few things that went right last year besides the 3 game run in January.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

I don’t care how we hire.
I’ll support the hire unless it is Alfred E Neuman.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

who not how.

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
1:39 pm

@Supersize.
Agreed.
The offspring of Merry Pranksters of Tom Wolfe fan must have turned up here.
Blogs need a gatekeeper.

BYRDDAWG

March 25th, 2011
2:23 pm

Bring back phewitt!!!!!

EJ

March 25th, 2011
3:30 pm

Doug,

Like I said before, this is almost done. He won’t be going to UT, he targeted GT and GT targeted him. Just waiting for the tourney run to be over to finalize it.

GT65

March 25th, 2011
3:42 pm

Yes, GT has a great chance of getting Mooney but everyday “they” keep winning it get harder. He knews GT was interested from day Hewitt was fired. Have a little faith Radakovich is no fool……

Jackets 2011

March 25th, 2011
3:44 pm

Then he’s a huge upgrade over Braine.
(I already knew that and agree).

YoungDawg

March 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

NO! The Tulsa guy or Craig Neal is about what they’ll be able to afford. Meanwhile Mark Fox will get a nice raise!

Buzz

March 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

It depends if he wants to exchange $$ for taking over a program with a probably NCAA probation waiting in the wings…..

Supersize that order, mutt

March 25th, 2011
4:59 pm

YoungDawg, enjoy Fox while you can; he’ll be gone within 3 years. No decent b’ball coach ever stays in Athens, and the others get fired for cheating.

THE RIGHT STUFF

March 25th, 2011
9:30 pm

so you Mooney lovers whose winning record is at 56%, do you think he has done anything Mark Price cannot do? Gee, I think Price could at least lose by 20 to Kansas just as easily.

yep, you that want to accuse Mark Price of not working out because of people like Goof, Curry and etc..Funny how you fail to mention the sweet 16 tournament darlings that are hired by bigger schools and do not work out. That list is way too long.

ARTC

March 26th, 2011
7:43 am

THE RIGHT STUFF

“yep, you that want to accuse Mark Price of not working out because of people like Goof, Curry and etc..Funny how you fail to mention the sweet 16 tournament darlings that are hired by bigger schools and do not work out. That list is way too long.”

Glancing at the Elite 8 it appears that you are obviously an idiot THE RIGHT STUFF.

ARTC

March 26th, 2011
7:45 am

Supersize that order, mutt, at least they have the bucks to get another one. Dumbazz.

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
11:06 am

Of course Tech has a legitimate shot at hiring Mooney. It appears to be a good fit for both parties, but if it comes down to a bidding war then Tech obviously could lose out on him. We’re not naive here, and realize that initial compensation is a very important factor in any job decision, but it is the only factor and often not even the most important factor. Just as you or I would not pick a job based solely on the salary, neither will the next head coach at Tech, NCSU, UT, etc. If the apparent “perfect fit” chooses another school over Tech, then by definition he wasn’t really the RIGHT fit. It’s not sour grapes, it’s just reality.

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
11:09 am

I am encouraged that there are many reports that Radakovich and Mooney were in contact last year. Whether or not it is true, there is litte similarity between the openings in Atlanta and Knoxville. Tech and NCSU are a bit more similar situations as ACC schools, but again there are considerable differences.

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
11:15 am

Coaches are human beings, too, with families, lifestyles, unique personalities…that all inform their professional decisions–especially their choice of jobs. Brad Stevens and family are reportedly very happy with life in Indianapolis and Butler, which is one reason few think he would leave for any of the open positions. Many schools could pay more than Butler (which doesn’t pay poorly at all!), but all of them would require a move and tremendous upheaval in the personal and professional life of Stevens. Ditto, Mooney, Marshall, Smart, and virtually anyone else you can name.

FullMetalJacket

March 26th, 2011
11:30 am

So, for those dull intellects who measure the success, status, and quality of a program solely by the money they have to spend, you are barking up the wrong the tree…and I do mean “barking.”

keno

March 26th, 2011
2:55 pm

Would Mark Price be a good recruiter? I say look at Tony Ingle. He knows more about basketball than anyone around, he’s an excellent teacher & motivator, plus he’s local. He also used to teach Hawks rookies fundamentals they missed in college for Mike Fratello. He tells good stories too.