DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said one of the qualities she's looking for in a new men's basketball coach is the ability to win on a big stage, and one such qualified candidate said Tuesday he would listen to Ponsetto if contacted.
"Oh absolutely," former UCLA coach Steve Lavin said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I'd be intrigued."
Lavin led the Bruins to five Sweet Sixteen berths and one Elite Eight appearance. Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only two coaches to guide their teams to the Sweet 16 five times in six seasons.
After his only losing season in 2002-03, Lavin was let go and joined ESPN as an analyst. He sounded open to the possibility of returning to coaching, and he said DePaul is an attractive proposition.
"It's a program that's got great history, great tradition," he said. "I know they're going to do a thorough, national search.
Uh yeah. This seems to happen a lot whenever a job opens for a mid-major or a low profile D-1 college basketball program. Somehow tWWL never wastes an opportunity to float or to serve the name of Duke Vitale's heir apparent as on-air idiot as some kind head coaching "candidate."
For some reason these predictable trial balloons (that's what they basically are) of floating Lavin's name as a "candidate" never mentions why he is a joke (or why we have dubbed him the Blagojevich Of College Hoops) as a "coach" and insult to the legacy of UCLA basketball. All this is basically done to puff up this clown's shallow and empty resume as some kind of college basketball "analyst."
Of course Lavin is not even going to sniff a real interview. If any AD is stupid enough to waste his time to bring this clown in a for a cup of coffee, that university president should fire him on the spot.