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    Mark Turgeon

    What kind of bball does he play? I was reading up on this guy (due to the Iowa bball vacancy), and was wondering what style of ball he coaches. He seems like a great guy and good coach by his track record, but I'd like to know what kind of game he plays - is he more defense oriented or offense oriented? What kind of offense does he run? What kind of defense does he prefer?

    I figured ISU fans would be much more knowledgeable about this question than Hawk fans. Thanks for any help!



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    At his time in Wichita, his teams thrived on D. At A&M, he has gotten more athletes, allowing a more potent offense. It is inside-out ball, and the D mixes between zone and man with fluent accuracy when they switch.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    mostly defense and half court offense, but he definitely gets his athletes so they don't have a problem getting up the court either.

    I think A&M is always one of the toughest games ISU plays all year.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkfan View Post
    What kind of bball does he play? I was reading up on this guy (due to the Iowa bball vacancy), and was wondering what style of ball he coaches. He seems like a great guy and good coach by his track record, but I'd like to know what kind of game he plays - is he more defense oriented or offense oriented? What kind of offense does he run? What kind of defense does he prefer?

    I figured ISU fans would be much more knowledgeable about this question than Hawk fans. Thanks for any help!
    Don't beat themselves...very solid. Mid major approach, walked into a better situation than most mid major coaches.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    I know when we played them, they considered his team a very strong defensive team. I know we really had to work hard just to get a decent look down low. He seems to recruit very athletic guys (i.e. Sloan and Davis). I'd say based on watching them quite a bit this season, he is a defensive minded coach, but that could just be because of the players he had.

    On another note, ESPN showed how he bought and delivered all the students pizza while they camped out before the Kansas game in College Station. I thought it was really cool of him to show appreciation for their enthusiam. I'd love to have him as a coach. Dunno if Iowa has a shot though.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Thanks guys! Very helpful info!



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    He has been in the discussion for the vacancy at Oregon too.......he was an assistant there back in the mid to late 90's.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    I can't believe you guys just helped Gary Barta with his coaching search!!!


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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by kg-cyclone View Post
    Don't beat themselves...very solid. Mid major approach, walked into a better situation than most mid major coaches.
    Is playing smart, tough D, and rebounding only a mid-major approach? It sounds like what all teams should strive to do. Clearly not all major conference teams do this , but neither do all mid-majors.

    He did walk into a very favorable situation though.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    I can't believe you guys just helped Gary Barta with his coaching search!!!
    Gary will pick another Lick. Lick was National Coach of Year till he moved to ICe.


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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    Is playing smart, tough D, and rebounding only a mid-major approach? It sounds like what all teams should strive to do. Clearly not all major conference teams do this , but neither do all mid-majors.

    He did walk into a very favorable situation though.
    I meant in terms of style of play...You jumped to a lot of conclusions from one statement.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkfan View Post
    I figured ISU fans would be much more knowledgeable about this question than Hawk fans.
    This is correct on so many levels.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Living in the thick of Aggieland, I can tell you they are definitely concerned about Turgeon leaving. However, the rumors tend to point toward Oregon. I think he was on staff at Oregon early in his coaching career, and with the Nike money, it would be a big pay increase. I don't think Iowa vacancy has near the luster it once had, or the pocket book to compete for this guy.



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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by kg-cyclone View Post
    I meant in terms of style of play...You jumped to a lot of conclusions from one statement.
    Why is that style of play exclusive to mid-majors?
    It is not, right?
    I was not jumping to conclusions, just stating that for that style of play (do not beat yourself) to be a distinguishing or identifying characteristic of the mid-major approach (basketball), it should be exclusive to mid-majors...the play of his teams is more identifying to that of successful teams vs not so successful teams, than mid-major vs BCS.
    Hopefully no one jumped to the conclusion that I was suggesting anything about McD. I did suggest our recent play has been lacking some of the qualities that teams in the field of 64 possess.


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    Re: Mark Turgeon

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneSolo View Post
    Living in the thick of Aggieland, I can tell you they are definitely concerned about Turgeon leaving. However, the rumors tend to point toward Oregon. I think he was on staff at Oregon early in his coaching career, and with the Nike money, it would be a big pay increase. I don't think Iowa vacancy has near the luster it once had, or the pocket book to compete for this guy.
    From what I've read, Turgeon is still somewhat bitter about not being chosen by Oregon the last time there was an opening there (apparently he was one of the top candidates then and Oregon chose to go with the other guy). Turgeon currently makes $1.2M per year, I fully expect that Barta would offer a guy like him $2M+ in order to get him to IC.

    Keep in mind that Oregon just lost their athletic director and will need to get that whole situation straightened out before worrying about a bball coach as well.

    After reading a lot about him, he has become my #1 choice for the Iowa job....hopefully Barta follows through on his promise to pay whatever he has to in order to turn the bball program around.



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