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UNCC Hire: Major Blunder?

Meet Alan Major, Indy native, Purdue grad, former Ohio State assistant, and UNCC’s new basketball coach. For AD Judy Rose “A10 experience” was a major (sorry) factor — Major also spent time at Xavier under current OSU headman Thad Matta. OK, now what?

Fired Niners coach Bobby Lutz had major problems consistently coaxing local talent to UNCC. Lutz had to range far and wide to wrangle in sufficient DI talent. Major was charged with handling Buckeye big men in Columbus. I’ll let your opinion of Greg Oden’s development guide you there.

I just do not see anything in Major’s background that suggests Rose made a great hire — or an upgrade even. Major has not been a head coach at any level, according to his OSU bio.

Maybe the guy surprises me and ropes in a first-team all-stater from NC or SC while assembling a great staff and selling the program to alumni, students, and a generally indifferent Charlotte media market. I love surprises.

Meanwhile, UNCC fans get to look forward to Judy Rose hiring a football coach.

2 Responses to “UNCC Hire: Major Blunder?”

  • Apr
    09
    2010

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jeff A. Taylor. Jeff A. Taylor said: UNCC Hire: Major Blunder? http://charlotte.johnlocke.org/blog/?p=7636 [...]

  • Apr
    10
    2010

    Only time will tell, but Judy has a VERY good track record of hiring coaches. It is easily her biggest positive. Watkins and Lutz were both assistants before coming to Charlotte.

    Hopkins bowed out of the race as I imagine Syracuse sweetened the deal for him. Another candidate that you blogged about earlier in the month did not impress our staff (rumored). With Hopkins bowing out, Major was the clear leader. His resume, coaching references (coached under Bill Self and Thad Matta), and interview were amazing.

    Again, only time will tell.

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