Saturday, April 7, 2012
The question: Will Menzies land CSU job?
One would expect a school or two to show some interest in Marvin Menzies.
The head coach of the Aggie men’s basketball team has gone to the NCAA Tournament two of the last three years, and has a 102-68 overall record at the school during his five-year tenure.
For those reasons alone, it shouldn’t be considered a surprise that he’s a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Colorado State.
Would it be a surprise if he got the job?
It obviously depends on the other coaches involved — Southern Mississippi's Larry Eustachy could be a front-line candidate for the position. Names such as St. John's assistant coach Mike Dunlap, Weber State head coach Randy Rahe, and University of New Mexico assistant coach Craig Neal have also popped up.
Would the Colorado State position be an upgrade over NMSU?
According to a USA database, last year’s head coach at CSU Tim Miles — who accepted the same position at the University of Nebraska — made $585,000, compared to Menzies’ $340,000 earnings. Yes, from a financial standpoint, it would be.
That, and the Mountain West has to be considered a better basketball league than the WAC, at least at this point — last year, the MWC had a national RPI ranking of five, while the WAC came in at 12. There were also four Mountain West schools that made the NCAA Tournament last year — New Mexico, UNLV, San Diego State and CSU — while the WAC sent just NMSU to the Big Dance.
So, a conference upgrade it would be as well.
If you're Menzies, listening and interviewing for the position could be considered a must — in a sense, he has to do it.
With that being said, I do not think Menzies necessarily has a bad situation here at New Mexico State.
Him, along with his staff, have further established some winning basketball on the court, and an identity.
The program has brought in some players, and has carved out a recruiting pipeline in Canada, which has treated it pretty well.
It's been a job that's afforded Menzies a chance to grow into such a role, and there is still room for growth for the head coach as well.
There's no guarantees that it would be the same script at a school like CSU, which doesn't necessarily have a fledging basketball tradition of its own.
Does Menzies have a shot? Absolutely. He interviewed for the position on Friday night and, again, two NCAA Tournament appearances in three years should generate such interest.
But my gut tells me he's still a year or two away of more successful basketball — and continued growth on the job — from landing such a position.
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