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Thursday, March 19, 2009

BU Coaching Rumor Roundup: LaFleur gets some big backing

Most of the attention in the media for the coaching search so far has focused on Richard Pitino, but today Andre LaFleur was getting some help.

Writing for the Hartford Courant, Mike Anthony says that BU is interested in UConn assistant Andre LaFleur. But he says he has not been contacted by BU for an interview yet. His quote is very PC:
"I'm not the kind of guy who can work with one foot out the door," LaFleur said. "I'm focused on what we can accomplish here and now. I feel like [UConn] can mount a real challenge in the next few weeks. But you always hope you'll get an opportunity to run a program; you hope your name will come up when there are openings."

However, speaking to Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, LaFleur is a little more transparent:
"I am very interested," said LaFleur, who played at Governor Dummer and Northeastern. "I think I can bring a lot to the table."

Not only that, but he's got his boss a.k.a. Connecticut's multi-million dollar man in his corner.
"I called Mike Lynch and talked to him about Andre," said Calhoun yesterday as he prepared the Huskies for today's first-round NCAA Tournament game against
Chattanooga. "I think there was some interest." [...]

Calhoun and UConn associate head coach George Blaney believe LaFleur is ready to take the next step. "He's a great recruiter and he's very aware," said Blaney. "He's more than ready."

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At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pitino will get the job. Also be aware that any asst coach in the whole world will take this job instead of being the grunt guy for a head coach. Calhoun is such a grouch, Im surprised this guy is not up here begging Lynch for the job. Any asst who is offered the job will take it and for cheap money.

At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lynch can pick anyone and why not Pitino. He would know from Dad how to build an exciting program and put some fans in the seats. What a novel idea a basketball program that could make money! Orlando is here to help with the coaching. Perfect pick for Lynch to make

At 1:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the BU Press last week, Wolff is quoted to say to Lynch when he was fired, "This will no go well in the basketball community." Well sorry to tell you this Dennis the Menance but Pitino, Calhoun and every other coach around the country is now pushing hard to get their guy to the greatest college town in the world. This is a great spot and a good man will bring this program up quickly. We have been getting 400 people a game. So So funny and also sad to think that Wolff thought the basketball community thinks he was the man for BU. I bet Lynch has been bombarded with phone calls.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hartford Courant writes that BU is interested in LaFleur, yet LaFleur says that he has not been contacted by the school. I guess Mike Anthony did not graduate from BU's College of Communication, or he would know the difference. BU may become interested in LaFleur, but there is no way of knowing until some contact is made.

The last name Pitino does not guarantee success. Even when it involved Papa Pitino, and the Boston Celtics.

'Gary Plummer is not walking through that door. Shawn Teague is not coming through that door. And Tony Simms isn't coming through that door. And if they did, they'd all be old men.'

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Gary Plummer not in the BU Hall of Fame?

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been told that Gary Plummer was great when he played, but he wasn't able to stay eligible all the time, he was immensely talented, and the only BU player in the NBA during my life unless you count Raja Bell. I was wondering where that quote came from with Wolff saying his firing wouldn't go well in the basketball community, was this in the Free Press? It's a crazy quote but it sounds like something that could've been altered over time as it's not directly from the source.


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