Since replacing department icon Jim Jarrett in 2010, Selig has hired eight head coaches at ODU. Six had ties to the school and/or Hampton Roads.
At Western Kentucky, Selig hired two head coaches each in men’s basketball and football coaches. All had WKU connections.
Selig has elevated assistants and interims. He has brought graduates and former assistants home.
That MO should inform any handicapping of Selig’s search for ODU’s next men’s basketball coach, a search that started Tuesday when, with eight games remaining in the season, he fired Blaine Taylor for unspecified personnel reasons that went far beyond the Monarchs’ 2-20 record.
Taylor was 239-144 with four NCAA tournament bids in nearly 12 years, and this year’s free-fall notwithstanding, the job will attract credentialed candidates. Moreover, with nearly two months before prime hiring season, Selig has ample time to discover candidates that neither he nor your neighborhood keyboard jockey has envisioned.
But enough with the preamble. Here are names certain to cross Selig’s radar.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your speculation.
COACHES SELIG KNOWS
He took over a program hamstrung by NCAA sanctions, and with the Bulldogs mired in a seven-game, mid-season losing streak in 2009, Georgia fired Felton. His record there was 84-91 and included one NCAA bid.
Felton then joined the San Antonio Spurs’ front office. He wouldn’t be Selig’s first ODU hire with Western Kentucky connections. Two years ago Selig plucked Hilltoppers baseball coach Chris Finwood, a Hampton High graduate, for the same position with the Monarchs.
* Selig and Jeff Jones go back to the 1990s at Virginia, where Selig was an administrator and Jones the head coach. Jones now coaches at American, and the two remain close.
Jones has guided AU to nine winning seasons in 12 years. The Eagles are 8-14 this season, 3-4 in the Patriot League.
In eight years under Jones, Virginia reached five NCAA tournaments, advancing to an Elite Eight and Sweet 16. His career record is 356-280, 146-104 at U.Va., and 210-176 at American.
Jones and his wife are entrenched in metropolitan Washington. But might working for a friend and running a much better program tempt them to move?
* Interim head coach Jim Corrigan has worked at ODU for 19 years, under first Jeff Capel and then Taylor. You don’t last that long without doing a lot of things right and essentially making yourself indispensable.
A walk-on player at Duke who later earned a scholarship, Corrigan has never been a college head coach, and that void hurts his chances considerably.
COACHES WHO KNOW ODU AND THE 757
* A Newport News native and graduate of Warwick High and U.Va., Anthony Solomon is in his eighth season as a Notre Dame assistant under Mike Brey, who will lobby hard on his behalf. Solomon has also worked as an assistant at Dayton, Clemson, Virginia, Richmond, Bowling Green, and Delaware.