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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    There were so many years where I thought for sure she was going to get canned, but she never did. Attendance has dropped off significantly since the Marsha Sharp years, although the numbers began to slip in Sharp's last couple of seasons as well. It won't be much easier for Curry to pick up easy wins in the SEC than it was here. Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, A&M, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina all have good programs. Missouri is on the rise. That doesn't leave many teams left with which to pad the "W" column. It will, however, be interesting to see who they get for a replacement in Lubbock.


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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    there is a lot of complex problems with the WBB program at TTech. Wouldn't touch that job with a ten foot pole.recruits will be tough.



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    there is a lot of complex problems with the WBB program at TTech. Wouldn't touch that job with a ten foot pole.recruits will be tough.
    What would those be? If there are any, they likely were brought on by Curry herself. I doubt TT is upset over her departure. She made a mistake leaving Purdue for TT in the first place.



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Curry inherited a depleted roster, and she was aware of that as was the administration. She didn't bring that on. While she knew they were a passionate fan base, maybe she didn't realize how quickly they would turn nasty. Maybe she didn't also realize like GC what the Big 12 was going to be like. She also maybe didn't realize how crazy the administration is there with coaches.

    I am not trying to defend Curry, but that situation down there is a hornets nest. The only thing that might attract a good coach is the checkbook.

    Pros to the job:
    1. Lots of talent in Texas
    2. A spirited fan base
    3. History, albeit not too relevant at this point

    Cons:
    1. Wacky athletic admin
    2. Fanbase with unrealistic expectations
    3. Competing in Texas with Baylor and Texas for recruits
    4. Playing in the Big 12 WBB league with highly competitive teams every night
    5. Being in Lubbock, TX

    Just read those comments on that article and you will get a sense of how divided that athletic community is there.



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Wasn't TTech senior-dominated this year? Curry might have made herself marketable again with a decent year, but knew that it was going to rebuilding time again. Either she would be forced out or not be in a favorable position. Of all the jobs, Alabama is probably okay for her. She apparently likes the south. With their football program, funding for wbb shouldn't be an issue. She probably negotiated a pretty sweet deal. Alabama has been pretty bad in wbb, and they got a coach who has had some success, albeit a while back.



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Quote Originally Posted by cydney View Post
    Wasn't TTech senior-dominated this year? Curry might have made herself marketable again with a decent year, but knew that it was going to rebuilding time again. Either she would be forced out or not be in a favorable position. Of all the jobs, Alabama is probably okay for her. She apparently likes the south. With their football program, funding for wbb shouldn't be an issue. She probably negotiated a pretty sweet deal. Alabama has been pretty bad in wbb, and they got a coach who has had some success, albeit a while back.
    There were a lot of seniors, namely Brown and Smalls in the guard court, but she had 3 top 100 guard recruits coming in this year, and in the frontcourt Kelsi Baker and Nobles return.



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Tech has named their new WBB coach - former Lady Raider, Candace Whitaker. She was the associate head coach at Oklahoma State this past season.


    Former Lady Raider Candace Whitaker named new Texas Tech women's basketball coach (updated) | Red Raiders


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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    This tells me they went to Marsha Sharp and she signed off on it...



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Quote Originally Posted by Tornado man View Post
    This tells me they went to Marsha Sharp and she signed off on it...
    That would not be a surprise. Seems like a lot of Raider Nation was ready for Curry to scram. After the win totals dropped and the attendance plummeted, they needed someone who at least understood the legacy that had been created in Lubbock during the Sharp years. Personally, I would rather someone like Curry stay there, since we seemed to be able to beat them more often than not under her leadership.


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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Many of the TTU fan base are still living in the late 90's and early 2000's when TTU was a powerhouse. They still believe they are the top program in the state and think with the right coach they will surpass Baylor and A&M. They are certain someone who played under Sharp is the answer.

    From a recruiting standpoint, recruits don't care about a national championship in 1993, they see A&M with a national championship in 2010, and Baylor with championships in 2005 & 2011 + a final four in 2010. Whitaker may be a decent coach, but I don't see her leading TTU back to a national power as long as Mulkey and Blair are still coaching.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Three4Cy View Post
    Many of the TTU fan base are still living in the late 90's and early 2000's when TTU was a powerhouse. They still believe they are the top program in the state and think with the right coach they will surpass Baylor and A&M. They are certain someone who played under Sharp is the answer.

    From a recruiting standpoint, recruits don't care about a national championship in 1993, they see A&M with a national championship in 2010, and Baylor with championships in 2005 & 2011 + a final four in 2010. Whitaker may be a decent coach, but I don't see her leading TTU back to a national power as long as Mulkey and Blair are still coaching.
    This. Plus don't forget about Aston. Whitakeris a great coach, but she is in over head I think. Curry was finally gettingthe recruits. Too bad for us Tech ran her off, good for ISU tho



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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    I know BF thinks the world of Whitaker. She was making headway at UMKC, and I was sorry to see her leave to go to OSU. She probably could have used a couple more years as an associate head coach there. Hopefully they don't have a quick hook down there and give her a little slack as she learns on the job. The day she was announced I was at a conference with a Tech alum who is a big WBB fan as well. While she loved whitaker as a player, she was expecting another experienced name coach, but a little more relieved when I told her about what Whitaker was doing in KC.

    Too bad she couldn't keep KC area recruit Kayrla Middlebrook from following Curry to Alabama.

    Tech is obviously following JP's plan of bringing in coaches with local ties.


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    Re: Curry to 'Bama

    Not sure if this is considered big bucks or not for Curry.

    Alabama Crimson Tide gives Kristy Curry 5-year deal worth $400,000 a year - ESPN

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- New Alabama women's basketball coach Kristy Curry will make $400,000 annually over the next five years.
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    Her contract includes a $245,000 base salary and a $145,000 talent fee.


    FYI, here is one salary analysis I found for comparison, though it's from 2011.
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sport...y-database.htm


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    Funny that Iowa had to pay Bluder's more than Bill, even though she doesn't deserve it.



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