By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
After Chris Beard left the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels job a week after he accepted it for the Texas Tech Red Raiders job — where he was an assistant for 10-years under former head coach Bob Knight — the Rebels are at a rebuilding stage as they look for another head coach. They’ll want to hire a coach soon as Wed. began the recruiting process.
According to ESPN‘s Andy Katz, former Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl is a candidate for the job. However, Katz said a source told him that “Karl is mulling over whether he wants to return to coaching so soon after a difficult tenure with the Kings as well as dealing with a nagging knee injury.”
Karl was fired by the Kings on Thurs. If he accepted the position, it would be another former NBA coach to go the college ranks as Terry Porter (Portland), Avery Johnson (Alabama), Mike Dunleavy Sr. (Tulane) and Eric Musselman (Nevada) in the past two-years.
Also, several former NBA players were hired in the time span, as well, as Donyell Marshall was hired by Central Connecticut State Blue Devils this year. Damon Stoudamire was also named the Pacific Tigers head coach, as well.
Katz also said that a New Mexico State source informed him that their head coach Marvin Menzies would accept the job if a deal can be worked out. The 54-year-old is a former Rebels assistant coach for a season in 2004-05.
He’s been the Aggies head coach since 2007. He’s 198-111 at the school, including a 103-37 record in Western Athletic Conference play.
However, while he’s been good in the regular season, his team has never won in postseason play. They’re 0-5 in the NCAA March Madness Tournament and 0-1 in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) — which they were eliminated in the first round this year.
New Mexico St. has been his only head coaching position. He’s been an assistant coach at Sacramento St., San Diego St., USC, and Louisville. He’s also coached at the high school and community college level, as well.
The 64-year-old Karl had problems with Kings star DeMarcus Cousins almost from the start. That led to his downfall — and his 44-68 record had something to do with it, too.
He took over with 29 games left during the 2014-15 season. Then, the team went 33-49 — and he was nearly fired before the All-Star game and he met with GM Vlâde Dîvac to save his job in Philadelphia.
Karl has never been a college coach — yet neither has some of these previous NBA coaches that are going the college route. By doing this, they don’t have to deal with the big-money players — who think they have a right to voice their opinion because they’re making more than their head coach.
He’s gone 1,175-824 in his NBA coaching career. He has a career winning percentage of 58.8%.
The two losing seasons with the Kings are two of three losing seasons that he had in the Association. He also missed the playoffs for the first time during the 2001-02 season with the Milwaukee Bucks when the team went 41-41.
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