It’s been a roller coaster week for Marquette basketball fans. Monday rumors of Marquette landing VCU head coach Shaka Smart and then Thursday night turning down Marquette’s offer. Now with the elimination of Smart as a candidate, this put Marquette in a bit of a crossroads. They can either look to find another big name to fill the position or possibly go with someone smaller, but has potential to be a long-term answer. Personally, I think Marquette needs to hire a coach that has the ability to keep the incoming recruits and be able to recruit top level athletes. Those need to be the criteria when hiring the new coach.
With that being said I believe they need to hire a big name guy in order to continue the success this program has had. Buzz made this program better off when Crean left it, and now Marquette needs to continue to build on to what Buzz did without taking a step back. Interim Athletic Director Bill Cords talked about how the program is better now than when he was running it before and they will have to ability to pick a high quality coach. And I think he is right.
This is the best open coaching job in the country right now and spends more money than any team in basketball besides Duke. While missing on Smart is tough right now, it shows how loyal Smart is to his team and in my opinion Marquette needs to find a guy as loyal as Shaka Smart to ensure stability for at least 7 to 10 years. I think there are many candidates out there that fit the mold and I firmly believe Marquette will find the right coach and continue to improve their program into the future.