Scott, whose 454-647 career record stands more games under .500 than that of any other veteran coach in NBA history, finished last in his division in each of his past five seasons as an NBA head coach. He has also coached the Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cavaliers. He led the Nets to two NBA Finals in his first head-coaching job, and he won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award with the Hornets in 2008.
Archive for the ‘Firings’ Category
Not Llamas with Hats, but coaches without teams.
George Karl out as head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento was 33-49 this season.
Randy Wittman out as head coach of the Washington Wizards. The Wizards went 41-41 for the season, and Wittman was 178-199 during his tenure (4 1/2 seasons, per ESPN.)
Neither team made the playoffs.
In case you were wondering – I was – the Arizona Coyotes play hockey in the NHL.
Trent Johnson out as men’s basketball coach for Texas Christian University. Story with official announcement from the horribly designed Dallas Morning News site. ESPN.
Hattip on this to Lawrence. And speaking of Lawrence, once again I have taken Gonzaga against the field for $5 with Lawrence.
I know that Gonzaga struggled to get a tournament bid this year, but it seems like they are on a hot streak. I think they might at least be able to surprise Seton Hall…
More firings, that is.
Some friends of ours who shall remain anonymous to protect their privacy (thank you, anonymous friends!) invited folks over on Saturday to watch the Texans playoff game. I was tied up with other events and arrived with only five minutes left in the game, but based on what I heard from my anonymous friends and Lawrence (and what I observed personally in that five minutes), it was a debacle.
Question: have the Texans gone far enough?
Lovie Smith out as coach of hapless the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 8-24 in two seasons.
Tom Coughlin out as head coach of the New York Football Giants. ESPN. It seems that this is being spun as a resignation, though I suspect it was more “mutual agreement”.
In the immortal words of Snoop, “Damn… you ain’t even wait to get the (expletive deleted) in the house!”
What was TMQ’s belated Christmas present?
As you may recall, TMQ has been banging the drum for months now, promoting his expectation that Kelly would go back to coaching college ball after this season. Well, he got the first part of his wish. Now let’s see if he gets the second part; we’re thinking there will be some job openings next Monday, and Kelly might be a good fit for another NFL gig.
Bad day for college football coaches.
Mark Richt out at the University of Georgia. He’d been there for 15 seasons…
With a 145-51 record, Richt ranks second on Georgia’s all-time wins list and has guided the Bulldogs to a bowl game in each of his 15 seasons at the helm. He won SEC championships in 2002 and 2005, and his teams played for league titles three other times.
Rutgers fired both head coach Kyle Flood and AD Julie Hermann. Flood was 27-24 overall, and the team went 4-8 this year. But it looks like the main reason for this firing was off-field issues:
Flood was suspended three games earlier this season for emailing a professor and later scheduling an in-person meeting to discuss the academic standing of former Scarlet Knights defensive back Nadir Barnwell.
In addition, seven Rutgers players were arrested this season for offenses varying from home invasion to assault.
Mike London is out as head coach at the University of Virginia. This is being called a “resignation”, but it sounds like “you can’t fire me, I quit”.
And we have our first firing of the NBA season (I think):
McHale was fired just 11 games into his new four-year, $16 million contract extension. He leaves with the best winning percentage of any coach in franchise history, having taken the Rockets farther last season, to the Western Conference Finals, than any coach in 17 years.
(By the way, Philadelphia is 0-11.)