Then there’s the problem of facilities. Local fans love 85-year-old Williams Arena, but recruits don’t when they compare it with more modern arenas. The lack of a practice facility doesn’t help either.
One of the candidates mentioned as a possibility for the job is Marquette’s Buzz Williams, whose team lost to Syracuse in the Elite Eight this weekend.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in a column this week, quoted athletic director Larry Williams as saying, “There aren’t many better jobs in the country than Marquette” and that the coach has most of his players coming back next season.
The story points out that only Duke spends more money on basketball than Marquette, because Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski is paid $4.7 million a year. It also reported that Marquette spends $286,000 per scholarship athlete, more than any other school in the country on basketball. The Al McGuire Center is among the finest in the country.
Tom Crean left Marquette for Indiana. But Minnesota isn’t Indiana when it comes to basketball.
So considering all of these pluses Marquette has over Minnesota, it is doubtful Buzz Williams would leave even though the rumors are that he and the athletic director don’t have a great relationship.
• Texas Tech will officially announce the hiring of Smith as the new Red Raiders men’s basketball coach Tuesday.
• Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said he is still negotiating with veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, who was released because of his high salary, with the hope of bringing him back.
• With the Timberwolves’ 110-100 victory over the Boston Celtics on Monday, they are currently in ninth place for the 2013 NBA draft lottery. They now have a better record than Toronto, Sacramento, New Orleans, Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Charlotte.
• Gophers senior Rodney Williams will compete in the College Slam Dunk Contest at the Final Four in Atlanta. The event will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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