Jeff Capel has promoted MB to Associate Head Coach, per Jon Rothstein. More money, maybe better chance for another head coaching job somewhere?
Would like to see him get another shot.
It's an interesting question. Personally, while I think he's a very good guy and I wish him well in his career, I don't think I'd ever be enthused if a team I cared to root for hired him as their head coach.
That said, in terms of a narrative, he had some success at the Mount (a very difficult place to succeed) and the longer HC goes without any success after Brown, the easier it is to say that HC is also a very difficult place to succeed.
Seems to me that MB has a pretty good gig at Pitt, though, and he'll be there as long as his buddy Capel is there. In a lot of ways, it's probably a better gig than being a head coach. He can spend more time recruiting, where he seems to be doing well. And his daughters must be middle/high-school age by now, right? A little family stability in those years, rather than uprooting again, is probably a determining factor for the Brown family.
Lots of head coaches play "bad cop" to their assistants "good cop" When Jim Calhoun took leaves from UConn for health reasons, Coach Blaney commented it was difficult going from players buddy/ally to being the heavy. I heard a former Coach Willard player being shocked that Coach Willard was nice and friendly towards him at a post graduation. Based on rumors, Coach Brown was more of a buddy/good guy with the players during his tenure at HC. That style seems more common in associate head coaches than head coaches. Ray might be right on with his thoughts on good fit at Pitt
I liked MB a lot personally and he obviously has a good eye for talent and ability to get that talent in the door. I’d say his WAR as a game coach was roughly 0. Not terrible but not any better than the average replacement coach. I think Willard was the last hoops coach with a positive WAR. Nelson still tbd.
Post by hceconhist on Sept 11, 2021 12:13:41 GMT -5
I think this move is designed to both (1) compensate him more and (2) raise his profile in the head coaching job market.
Like Gray, I would love to see him get another opportunity. It's hard to look at the HCMBB program and not, at least honestly, conclude that the problems are structural - going well beyond the pay grade of any individual head coach. He inherited a much tougher situation here, I believe, than many on this Board want to admit. While he may have been more personable towards his players and staff, he retains very strong loyalty among former players - both from MSM and HC. I think that gives him a strong base for another opportunity.
That said, Ray's right: he has a great gig at Pitt. He obviously has a great relationship with this manager and gets to compete against top programs throughout the season. It would probably take the *right* head coaching opportunity to leave that.