It doesn't work because the former great player doesn't put the time in to truly learn the game.I am of the firm belief that you should never hire a former great player as a coach. There are a few examples where it works but overall always seems to fail.
Penny was a HS/AAU coach prior to Memphis. He's been very active in youth basketball for a long time. Built a huge youth sports complex in Memphis prior to becoming Head coach. He loves Memphis, he's everything Memphis. Memphis is everything Penny. It's tough to watch this city lose when there's so much love.I believe former great players could have the ability to one day become legit HC's.
Might be helpful if they learn their craft at lower levels prior to taking on more high profile jobs or at least spend significant time as assistants at the college or pro level.
Penny coached HS only right? Juwaan was an assistant for awhile in the NBA, better prepared maybe. Hubert Davis long time assistant at UNC is that right?
It all depends.
I'll say this Memphis is a very tough job. Others may know a little more about that area but I believe they have a rabid fanbase but they got left out on the conference realignment, making that job tough.
Memphis fans need to realize what they actually are as a program. They are a mid major program that can thrive. They don’t have a seat at the big boy table and don’t appear that they will anytime soonPenny was a HS/AAU coach prior to Memphis. He's been very active in youth basketball for a long time. Built a huge youth sports complex in Memphis prior to becoming Head coach. He loves Memphis, he's everything Memphis. Memphis is everything Penny. It's tough to watch this city lose when there's so much love.
The fans that can't let Calipari go are the ones I have issue with. My coworkers are 90% Memphis fans. They know I'm a UK fan (I don't flaunt it at work unless they ask). I've had multiple strangers approach my wife and I in restaurants souly b/c I'm wearing a UK hat. My wife is a good sport and doesn't mind when I invite their party to join what would be a table for two and then foot the bill. I try and let them know UK/UK fans are not the bad guy. Calipari took the better dream job.
He should have went with, they don't poop ice cream.Penny is HEATED. Dude is always making excuses. We don't have our full roster, blah blah blah. Whiny little bitch that can never take responsibility for anything. Bruh, you've been getting kicked around all year and it doesn't have anything to do with having a limited roster. It is rather amusing to see him go from being the most beloved dude in the history of Memphis sports to the community turning on him and wanting to burn him at the stake. I see an ugly divorce coming.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. They'll build a statue for this man.
They ran Tubby off due to rumors of Calipari hiring Penny as an assistant. Calipari ruined a lot of psyches.Not if he doesn’t start winning. They ran pastner off and he was a far better coach than penny has shown
Pitino was supposedly a pretty good college player, not nba good tho.Danny Manning
All great players. Not great (barely good) college coaches.
Matt Painter is a pretty good coach but was only a good college player.
I don't think Bobby Knight was considered a great player even though he won 2 Nattys as a player at Ohio State. Great coach though.
Kevin Ollie was a pretty good player but got lucky as a coach with Calhoun's recruits. Not a great coach.
Billy Donovan is a very good coach but was not a great player.
Anybody? Name a great player who was a very good coach in college. Anybody?
I guess my question was what college coaches were really good pros. There were a lot of good pros who didn't pan out as college coaches. I agree Donovan was pretty good college player, but he never made it as a pro and turned to coaching.Donovan was a fantastic college player. Carried a nothing special Providence to team to the F4.