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Sunday News:

An assistant coach who is not part of the Carril coaching tree will interview for the Princeton job today.

Andy Katz talked to Sydney Johnson about his departure to Fairfield. Interesting piece, especially if you try and read between some of the lines.

Chris Young was placed on the DL yesterday, retroactive to Monday.

Finally, here is Will Venable (video) along with fellow Padres teammates talking about Jackie Robinson's legacy.

Jack said,

April 17, 2011 @ 10:33 am

Ya mean like it seems like JTIII had a harder time leaving? Or that Sydney was out looking around for anythng? Or that Princeton doesn't want to pay a competitive salary?

John Poole said,

April 17, 2011 @ 10:58 am

A few Penn fans have made much of one particular comment in Katz's blog:
"Walters has long held firm to the belief that coaching at Princeton is a privilege."

Jon, do you know what the source of that observation is?

Coco said,

April 17, 2011 @ 10:59 am

Not sure if I need to adjust my glasses, but it appeared to me-- trying to read between the lines-- that there may be some issues with Gary. As he frequently reminds us, he played for Pete long ago, and was part of the '65 team, but that was almost five decades ago.

Some things have changed, esp. in college coaching.

Anyone else get that impression?

TigerHeel said,

April 18, 2011 @ 11:18 am

Coco - yes, I get the same impression that Walters is not held in high regard at least by Andy Katz, for whatever that is worth.

John Poole - that line about coaching at Princeton being a privilege is not the image the athletics department should want to convey to candidates currently interviewing for the job. Thankfully, we have a stable of young, capable alumni who can step into the position.

I remain disappointed that Walters and the University have not been more proactive in addressing Coach Johnson's departure, talking up the coaching search and generally expresssing support for maintaining the proud tradition that is Princeton Basketball. Instead, I am perceiving a sense of indifference.

Jack said,

April 18, 2011 @ 11:33 am

TigerHeel-How do you know how proactive Walters and the University have been? Just because they aren't making public statements doesn't mean they are not proactive or they are for that matter. Why do you think they need to be "talking up" the search? For what purpose? I have no doubt they and the candidates want to keep their discussions confidential until a decion has been made. Even though the University may be cheap, Gary does have, with one exception, a pretty good record hiring coaches.

TigerHeel said,

April 18, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

You're right. I don't know how proactive Walter and the University have been. All I know is that it has now been two weeks since Coach Johnson resigned, and we have heard little directly from Walters or the University. The only information that we are getting is from third sources like Katz who are disparaging the program. I guess I should just be patient and wait for the news that will come when a decision is made.

Jack said,

April 18, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

Jon,
Didn't it take a month to hire Sydney?

Coco said,

April 18, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

Jack--
No need for Jon to dig into ancient history on Sydney's hire. See "Mind the Gap, " April 8, 2011:

http://www.princetonbasketball.com/?p=6627

29 days.

Steven Postrel said,

April 18, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

The time to be proactive was when SJ was putting out feelers to the likes of Towson and Bradley. I would have no problem with Princeton paying its head basketball coach 300K or 400K--they spend way more than that on all sorts of inept marketing that has far less impact on the school's image than the basketball team. Now if we're talking about some kind of shift in admissions policy, that's another thing entirely, but let's at least make it less of a no-brainer for a guy like SJ to be able to double his salary by leaving. Otherwise, we need to have a whole succession planning strategy where we assume each HC leaves after four years either because a) he's been successful and got hired away or b) he's been unsuccessful and got fired.

Rodney Johnson said,

April 19, 2011 @ 9:42 am

In all reality, only the very successful will leave in four years. Mediocrity will stay longer, and there is no guarantee that abject failure would result in being fired. Remember Joe Scott left voluntarily and has doubled his salary, but had he not left, who is to say he ever would have been fired?

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