So, there seems to be some weight to these recent reports that Frank Haith of Miami, FL could be up for the Alabama basketball job:
In fact, an industry source told CBSSports.com on Thursday that Haith is interested in the opening, and that he’d absolutely leave Miami if presented with a respectable offer. Furthermore, the source said former Alabama coach CM Newton — who is assisting the school in its search for Mark Gottfried’s permanent replacement — has privately backed Haith’s candidacy, meaning Haith is a realistic option if for no other reason than that Newton has tremendous influence at Alabama (and in the SEC, in general).
Color me excited *sarcasm*
Look, I understand that coaching at Miami is a tough job. Add in ACC competition, and I can understand that a good coach in that league could come over and look better in the SEC (at least this season). Yet one thing seems to bug me about Haith………..hmmm……. can’t put my finger on it… oh yeah, his teams at Miami haven’t been that great. The Hurricanes made the NCAA tournament last season (lost in the 2nd round to Texas), but not much else has happened down there. In fact, Miami brought back some core guys from that team, and ended up 7-9 in the ACC and out of the first round of the conference tournament.
Coach Haith wants to prove that Miami can play with the big boys, so he wore his daddy’s suit.
Why not go after Leonard Hamilton of Florida State? He’s been coaching basketball at a football school, and has connections to Dave Hart. It seems to me that Alabama could find a basketball coach with a better resume than Frank Haith. If Mike Anderson , Leonard Hamilton, or Anthony Grant tell you no, then I can understand looking at Haith. Yet it seems to me there are more coaches out there with more to offer (wether it be experience, excitement, or potential).
So what say you? Haith or no Haith?