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Marshall visits USF

Posted Mar 23, 2007 by Brett McMurphy

Updated Mar 24, 2007 at 12:49 AM

Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall visited Tampa Friday with his wife Lynn and toured the University of South Florida with USF AD Doug Woolard. It’s doubtful, Marshall received a written contract offer Friday night, but even if he did reported he won’t accept a contract offer until returning home to consider all his options.

Waiting at home in Rock Hill, S.C., is a 10-year deal, worth $400,000 a year, so it will be interesting whether Marshall remains as Winthrop’s coach or becomes the next coach for USF.

The question now is: if Marshall remains at Winthrop, where should USF turn next?


Earlier today I wrote in this space that Marshall informed Woolard Friday he was removing his name from consideration for the USF job. I based that on what I was told by individuals that I have trusted and relied on for some time. They were wrong and so was I for reporting that in this blog. There was conflicting information and I apologize if I misled anyone.

Reader Comments

Por (Ryan) on March 23, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Hire that guy who submitted his resume…the guy who coaches a middle school girls team.

I think that’s about all we have left.

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Por (buchammer) on March 23, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Pete Guillen not Steve Lappas or Tic Price. There is a reason they call him “Tic”

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Por (Dave Weber) on March 23, 2007 (Suggest removal)

I’ll take the job. I can’t recruit, but I know that passing it to Gransberry is a good idea, that should make me over-qualified as a one-year filler. Tell DW I won’t take anything under $1 Mil.

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Por (Perry Lerner) on March 23, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Maybe I can take over the program, I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

So would be next?  That’s a good question.  I think if one of these hot mid major coaches doesn’t want the job then why not look at a hot assistant before picking from the retread pile.

Hey maybe Tommy Tonelli was a promotion from the High School ranks.

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Por (Ty) on March 23, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Karl Hobbs
Tommy Anmaker
the SIU coach
John Pelfpery
Todd Licklighter (sp?)

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Por (Kevin Pauley) on March 24, 2007 (Suggest removal)

USF should hire John Pelphrey to become their next HC. The USF PROGRAM does not have an identity what so ever, JP could build one for them for he is a young out standing coach who knows how to coach a PROGRAM. USF could be a consistant player in the Big East Tourny every year, but with the wrong hire they will be on the out side looking in at MSG.

It could be scary what USF could become for Pelphrey runs the same type of system that Donavan at Florida as well as Pitino at Louisville. USF needs some one who can give their PROGRAM an identity for right now they are a unkonwn PROGRAM in this almighty conference known as the BIG EAST, and JP could be the one who puts USF on the map.

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Por (John Adams) on March 24, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Marshall…..Pelphrey….....these guys are good but please, recruiting in the Big East will swallow these guys like it swallowed Mcculum. Pelphrey can not be compared to Donavon for heavens sake, just look at their backgrounds. Guys like Gillen and Fraschilla bring a name, bring BIG TIME recruiting ties. These guys also have media influence, working for ESPN, etc….people know them, like them, will talk about them, will talk about USF, which means more publicity to get to a kid who might be on the fence. Gillen is by far the best bang for USF’s limited buck.

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Por (Gary Stephen) on March 24, 2007 (Suggest removal)

“Look at their backgrounds”? Billy Donovan had no great track record when UF hired him. He was 35-24 at Marshall, and his first two seasons at UF were losing seasons. Gregg Marshall and John Pelphrey are both far more accomplished than that.

And even if they weren’t, that’s still the wrong way to go about this hire. Doug Woolard needs to worry less about lower-tier Division I won-loss records and more about finding the right man for the job. Like he did when he hired Lorenzo Romar at St. Louis, despite Romar’s unremarkable record in four years at Pepperdine.

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Por (John Adams) on March 25, 2007 (Suggest removal)

YES Gary look at their backgrounds…..Donovan is “Billy the Kid”, played in a Final Four, played in the NBA, coached with Pitino at Kentucky. Granted Pelphrey has played at a high level, coached with some greats, but he is not Donovan, doesnt have his experience or charisma, despite the coaching records. Doesn’t have the potential you could have seen in Donovan, not even close. He has been lucky and caught on with Donovan as an Asst. Coach. Again, do we want to go with another “unproven” guy, or a guy who knows how to play with the Big Boys…..same goes for Greg Marshall, his Big South ties are going to bring just that, Big South players…..this is the Big East!

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Por (Gary Stephen) on March 25, 2007 (Suggest removal)

And John Pelphrey played professionally in Europe, coached under Billy Donovan and Eddie Sutton, and would have played in the Final Four if not for that Christian Laettner shot. The differences between his resume and Billy Donovan’s in 1996 are trivial and/or subjective. Both John Pelphrey and Gregg Marshall and are plenty qualified to become head coach at USF.

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Por (John Adams) on March 25, 2007 (Suggest removal)

Yes, both plenty qualified, I agree, but both UNPROVEN at this level, thats my point no matter which way you slice it. This is not Conf. USA anymore, this is the Big East, the fast lane. We just went with another unproven guy. My point is lets not take a chance here, lets get someone in here who is going to get this program moving. In 3 years, this team will not be at the bottom of the Big East with a guy like Gillen in charge, no way. With Pelphrey or Marshall, we could be sitting here having this same conversation in a couple years.

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