I'm not quite sure why something that was posted on March 3, 2010 is making national headlines today, but the DePaul coaching search is flying around the Web again. After athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto (left) said that DePaul's next head coach had the potential to be amongst the top two or three highest paid head coaches in the Big East this story was bound to blow up. And maybe that's for the better.
What I don't understand is why people think that DePaul posting it's job qualifications on the school's job board is some terrible thing for the school. Most institutions are required to give public notice about a job for a certain amount of time and if DePaul wants to hire someone soon, say in the next few weeks once a team gets knocked out of the NCAA Tournament, then that notice would've had to be available to the public.
(Also worth noting, Iowa has done the same thing. Why is no one sending the Hawkeyes through the ringer? Every school looking for a change will do this before hiring a new coach this off-season.)
Thus I don't understand why Deadspin, Tremendous Upside Potential and others felt the need to take potshots at the DePaul program once again. Or why this is a story now. I mean, someone posted the release on Twitter 10 days ago. (Congratulations are in order to this guy for finding it originally.)
Let's be honest. It's much easier to take shots at a school for losing a Big East record number of games in a row or going winless during an entire conference season. Is there any reason to make fun of a university for doing things administratively correct? No, I didn't think so.
Previous commentary on the DePaul coaching search from Chicago College Basketball:
- High school coaches want to coach at DePaul
- The Steve Lavin rumors
- The Billy Gillispie rumors
- Four names to look out for (none of which make sense now)
- The aftermath of Jerry Wainwright
- The official Wainwright fired, Tracy Webster in post
I remain committed to evaluating all the possible rumors that come across. We'll Ponsetto knows that this decision is a big one, so expect it to take a little while.