When Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis finally hires a basketball coach, it isn’t apt to be Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire.
The way it works, especially at long-suffering OSU, is that De Carolis’ priorities will be 1) win the press conference and 2) protect himself.
It will be much safer for De Carolis to hire Montana coach Wayne Tinkle, a Big Sky winner who comes from the West’s “Cradle of Coaches,” Montana, a school that has produced Mike Montgomery, Larry Krystkowiak and Stew Morrill. Plus, Tinkle has Pac-12 blood; he grew up near Pullman, Washington, and his daughter played volleyball at Stanford.
Tinkle, 48, will win the press conference. He has the bearing (he is 6 feet 8 inches tall) and pedigree: he played in the EuroLeague for 12 years. Collegebasketballinsider.com this season named him the “Sexiest Man in College Basketball.”
De Carolis’ official job posting said the next Beavers basketball coach must have 30 percent supervision/teaching skills; 20 percent vision/leadership; 10 percent budgetary oversight; 10 percent equipment management; 10 percent fundraising ability.
I don’t doubt that Tinkle, or Stoudamire, needs all of those skills. But De Carolis missed it on one item. He lists recruiting ability at “20 percent.”
The real number is that recruiting ability is 75 percent, minimum, and all the others are secondary. It’s like the old Yogi Berra line that baseball is “90 percent pitching and 50 percent hitting.” Or something like that.