It is dangerous to make sweeping decisions in the moments after big sports news drops. Trades for prospects or draft picks might take years before they can be assessed. Coaching hires are similar; it could take a long time to see how they will work out. So many recent surprising successes and failures have upended what we understand to be a good hire or a good fit. No one can truly say who will be able to win at their new gig and who will flounder into mediocrity.
We can, however, critique the process of the hire. Was there a more logical choice? Was something overlooked? Was a coach hired for the right reasons?
With those questions in mind, let’s look at the biggest names on the move this spring and grade the schools on their choices.
Chris Beard – Texas
This one is pretty simple. Texas is a big job that comes with big boosters and the requisite big salary. The Longhorns saw an alum who was coaching in their state and in their conference. Beard carries nine NCAA Tournament wins in four seasons. Texas has the cache to jump in and poach that coach, nabbing Beard.
It would be a shock if Beard didn’t succeed in Austin after doing so in Lubbock. He’s one of the best five coaches in the sport. Getting him, hopefully for a long time, is a perfect hire for Texas.
After another headline-making season as head coach at Loyola Chicago, Porter Moser is finally making the jump to a bigger job.
As first reported by Joe Henricksen of Chicago’s City/Suburban Hoops Report, Moser is finalizing a deal to take over as head coach at Oklahoma. He will replace Lon Kruger, who announced his retirement a week ago.
It has long felt like a matter of when, not if Moser would land a job like this. His Loyola team was one of the nation’s best in 2020-21, with a season culminating in a second round NCAA Tournament upset of top-seeded Illinois. Moser has also shown that that’s no fluke, having led the Ramblers to a historic Final Four in 2018.
The 52-year-old compiled a 188-140 record at Loyola, where he had coached since 2011.
Moser has reportedly turned down bigger jobs before, knowing he was in a good situation and could wait for the right opportunity to leave Loyola. The Sooners, who have made the March Madness field in seven of the last eight tournaments, clearly represented that opportunity in his mind.
The St John’s head coaching search will continue.
The Red Storm offered their men’s basketball head coaching position to Porter Moser after meeting with him on Monday, but he has turned them down, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Moser just completed his eighth season at Loyola-Chicago. He became known after the Ramblers’ surprising run to the Final Four a year ago, which marked by far his best season with the program. The Ramblers went 20-14 this past season and won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season but failed to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
St John’s is looking for a new coach after parting ways with school legend Chris Mullin, who had gone 21-13 last season, which was his fourth season on the job. They were eliminated in the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament.
Porter Moser’s interview with St John’s on Monday apparently went well.
Moser has been offered the Red Storm head coaching job, according to The Athletic’s Andrew Slater.
Moser interviewed with the program earlier in the day.
St John’s is looking for a new head coach after parting ways with Chris Mullin. They were initially targeting Bobby Hurley, but he ended up remaining at Arizona State. Now they’ve turned to Moser, who just completed his eighth season at Loyola-Chicago and became known after the team’s shocking Final Four run a year ago.