Mooney signs 10-year deal with Richmond

Scratch Chris Mooney off the list of possible candidates to be Georgia Tech’s next basketball coach.

Tech and Mooney met on Sunday, but later in the day he signed a 10-year contract extension with Richmond. He told his team about the contract at a 6 p.m. meeting. Mooney, who led Richmond to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, is now tied to the Spiders until 2020-21.

It’s unknown if Mooney was Tech’s top choice because athletic director Dan Radakovich has declined to comment in order to try and protect the integrity of process. There was a report on Friday that the job had been offered to Dayton’s Brian Gregory. Tech associate athletic director Wayne Hogan issued a statement later in the day that said the search is ongoing. Tech has also interviewed Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik and former alums Craig Neal, who is an assistant coach at New Mexico, and Mark Price. Another candidate that Tech had an interest in, Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin, accepted the job at Tennessee on Sunday.

Tech has been looking for a coach since it let go of Paul Hewitt more than two weeks ago. Hewitt led the Jackets to a 190-162 record in 11 seasons. Tech did reach the 2004 national championship game as part of five NCAA tournament appearances. However, Tech didn’t win the ACC’s regular-season or tournament titles under Hewitt.

Eventually, attendance at Alexander Memorial Coliseum began to decline. Paid attendance dropped to a few more than 6,000 this season, its lowest figure in more than a decade. However, that many rarely attended games.

Tech will likely play its home games at Philips Arena and Gwinnett Arena next season while the $45 million McCamish Pavilion is constructed. It will replace AMC.

Radakovich said during the press conference to announce Tech’s new direction that he wants a coach that can excite the fan base and compete in the ACC.

He also said that the $7.2 million owed to Hewitt won’t affect the search for the next coach.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

373 comments Add your comment

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2011
2:07 pm

Well I guess we will see.

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2011
2:08 pm

He has something Neal and Price don’t. He Is and Has Been a Head Coach.

GT65

March 27th, 2011
2:10 pm

get it done!

HelluvaEngineer

March 27th, 2011
2:13 pm

Not surprising news, but this headline certainly dominates one involving Brian Gregory. Although I really hope Radakovic would at least talk to Gregg Marshall before making a decision (unless he fears someone else would grab Mooney within four days).

collegeballfan

March 27th, 2011
2:14 pm

I still maintain that Tech MUST look first to Brad Stevens of Buitler.
He has Butler in their second straight Final Four. And he only has two and three star basketball players, per Scout.com.

Here is his last 5 recruiting classes per Scout.com’s star rating system:
2007 – 1 three star & 1 two star
2008 – 5 two stars
2009 – 1 three star
2010 – 2 three stars & 1 two star
2011 – 2 three stars, 1 two star and 1 N/R

Any questions?

Father Dodd

March 27th, 2011
2:16 pm

If Dan can get Brad Stevens to leave Butler then he deserves a raise. That dude isn’t going anywhere. But I agree…atleast give him a call.

HelluvaEngineer

March 27th, 2011
2:17 pm

collegeballfan, yes i do have a question: are you on drugs? you’re more likely to find a u[sic]ga fan in a library than you are for brad steves to be moving anywhere, except for perhaps indiana to succeed tom crean.

Wrecking Crew

March 27th, 2011
2:30 pm

College – Stevens has said, very consistently, that he is not going anywhere. Regardless of Tech’s possible interest, if they don’t want to go, they wont go. All indications are that Tech did inquire about it and got the same response as everyone has. The rumor is that the only program that might tempt Stevens is Indiana.

Bill

March 27th, 2011
2:31 pm

Unless Tech knows Stevens would want to come here, can’t afford to let Mooney walk. He is 2nd best young coach available. He is a very good fit for Tech.

Doug Roberson

March 27th, 2011
2:36 pm

Please guys, drop the Stevens stuff. You might as well wish for John Naismith.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:37 pm

There are some Bulldogs that know how to beat the Gators.
Too bad it ain’t Uga’s.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:37 pm

And I might as well wish for Heather Locklear.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
2:38 pm

LOL. Good one, Jackets 2011 :)

peacengrits75

March 27th, 2011
2:38 pm

Stevens ain’t goin anywhere. Period.

Carolina Gator Lover

March 27th, 2011
2:39 pm

You guys are all wrong. Indiana has to wait for Butler to finish so that they can fire Tom Crean and hire Brad Stevens. DRad has Tom Crean lined up and is just waiting for the dominos to start.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:40 pm

Hey Shaka Smart delivers pregame pep talks.
Maybe we should hire him for the football team.

William Satterwhite

March 27th, 2011
2:41 pm

I find it really funny to see that Mooney running anything related to the Princeton Offense is still seen as a negative yet everybody is (rightfully) enamored with Brad Stevens. Obviously a lot of people haven’t actually seen many Butler games and are just in awe of the results that Stevens has produced, Butler’s offense is just as “boring” as the Princeton Offense and not nearly as pretty to look at when executed at a high level. Bottom line is wins should be the only thing that matters, no matter how they come (within the rules, that is).

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

Hey how about the Diamond Jackets?

Doug Roberson

March 27th, 2011
2:43 pm

Tied 1-1 I believe. Having a very good year. I would love to a bit more on them when this search winds down.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:45 pm

William
I kid a lot.
Yes I mentioned a week ago that Mooney offense might put me to sleep but I’ve also said a number of times I would support whoever DRAD chooses and give him a chance.
I’ll probably continue to buy season tickets as I even did last year.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:46 pm

Gald to hear that Doug.
You da man.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
2:47 pm

Doug, I sure hope you will do more on the baseball team. They may still suffer from their usual end-of-season collapse, but right now they’re a pretty special team.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:48 pm

VCU is sticking it to Kansas 20-10.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:48 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
2:48 pm

never thought I would be pulling for the bulldogs. lol

FullMetalJacket

March 27th, 2011
2:49 pm

Glad to hear they’re FINALLY meeting (even though it’s only been a day since Richmond lost in the tourney). As the unofficial first choice, it should at least clear the air in a day or two one way or t’other.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

I’m liking Smart more and more. Does DRAD have plans to interview him too?

Stevens isn't coming here!

March 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

Brad Stevens isn’t coming to TECH delusional nerds. This guy is going to take over a big time program when and if he chooses to leave Butler. He could be an eventual replacement for Roy Williams or coach K when they decide to retire. Stevens is only 33 years old so he has plenty of time to decide.

Common Sense

March 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

Please offer the job to Mark Price and be done with it. He knows basketball and I could care less about the experience factor that everyone keeps bringing up.

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
2:52 pm

Common Sense, your name is a total contradiction to what you post. A nurse knows medicine too, but would you want a nurse performing surgery on you?

William Satterwhite

March 27th, 2011
2:58 pm

Jackets 2011, not just you, there have been a lot of people who seem to dread the Princeton Offense with a passion. Personally I do think it could prove to be a bit boring over a long haul but for me, as long as it produces wins I’d be happy.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:58 pm

I’m a little miffed at Price for throwing his hat in the ring late and dividing us.
After the losing years with Curry in football, another ex-player hire would be unlikely.
I’ll support it if done but will not look forward to it.
Been there, done that, was miserable for 7 years (only one good one)

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
2:59 pm

William.
Agreed.
Someone who knows and teaches the game well will be fine with me.

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2011
2:59 pm

Tech is tied 1-1 in the 7th and it is on CSS.
@2011 Heather is a lil old now. Why not say Reese Witherspoon or maybe Katie Perry. They have way way few miles on their chassis.

GTHorsie

March 27th, 2011
3:00 pm

To everyone who thinks he will be successful at GT, remember this: Hewitt was a head coach before Tech. Hewitt was successful before Tech. Hewitt was even successful (briefly) at Tech. But what scares me about Mooney is one, as stated above:

He hasn’t finished higher than third in the Atlantic 10 conference.

How will that statistic translate into the ACC?

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
3:01 pm

Jackets 2011, I agree, and to think that some people actually wanted Curry as AD. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”

FullMetalJacket

March 27th, 2011
3:01 pm

So far it seems to be a year of lowering expectations in the coaching carousel. NC State, brandishing big money and an almost-desperate mission to land a big name (Miller, Barnes, Stevens, et al), seems to have set it sights on Marshall, Smart, and perhaps even Mooney. Tennessee, after firing highly regarded if ethically challenged Bruce Pearl, is also seemingly targeting mid-major “risers” rather than the big splash. And so Tech landing a Mooney, while not spectacular or earth-shaking, makes a lot of sense. He is a methodical, long-term program builder, which is what Tech needs. NC State can’t afford to wait for a long turnaround, and he just doesn’t fit Tennessee.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
3:01 pm

I hope this keeps up.
VCU is sticking it to Kansas.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
3:01 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2011
3:02 pm

Kansas may turn it around in the second half, but VCU is making them look like Kansas made Richmond look Friday night.

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2011
3:03 pm

Stevens isn’t coming here!
March 27th, 2011
2:50 pm

Brad Stevens isn’t coming to TECH delusional nerds. This guy is going to take over a big time program when and if he chooses to leave Butler. He could be an eventual replacement for Roy Williams or coach K when they decide to retire. Stevens is only 33 years old so he has plenty of time to decide.

If Stevens only coaches at Butler he will not get the TOP job at UNC or DUKE. Stevens will have to go to a Bigger program and conference before DUKE or UNC come calling.

Doug Roberson

March 27th, 2011
3:04 pm

Goodness gracious, VCU is hammering the perennially overrated Jayhawks

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
3:05 pm

I thought I was being delusional enough as it was.
Maybe if Heather was washed up and drugged out, I’d have a shot.

FullMetalJacket

March 27th, 2011
3:06 pm

Does any reasonable basketball fan and Georgia Tech fan really still consider Stevens, Price, or Heather Locklear a candidate for the BB HC opening? Everyone knows Locklear runs the Princeton Offense….

5150 UOAD

March 27th, 2011
3:07 pm

FSU’s speed and D really put it on VCU. Kansas looks SLOW. The winner of UNC Kentucky should be in the championship game over VCU or Kansas.

FullMetalJacket

March 27th, 2011
3:07 pm

I’m taking Sofia Vergara as my wistful never-gonna-happen choice.

FullMetalJacket

March 27th, 2011
3:07 pm

Shaka Smart may well be a flash in the pan, but man, what a flash!!!!

Doug Roberson

March 27th, 2011
3:08 pm

Modern Family might be the funniest show on TV. It’s a tie between 30 Rock, Big Bang and Modern, in my opinion.

Jackets 2011

March 27th, 2011
3:08 pm

The reason we got on Kansas’ basketball schedule for two years is that they were so indignant that we beat them in 2004.
They may be why we also got them in football.
I wanted to beat them both times to make up for the 2 Ls in BB.
Have to settle for a split.

FullMetalJacket

March 27th, 2011
3:09 pm

How did VCU lose to Georgia State this year?