Bennett calls it quits at UW

Bennett calls it quits at UW

Post by David Simpso » Fri, 01 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Wow!*** Bennett seemed wound up pretty tight last night. But did
anyone figure on this? http://SportToday.org/

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Bennett calls it quits at UW

Post by Milt Epste » Fri, 01 Dec 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>Wow!*** Bennett seemed wound up pretty tight last night. But did
>anyone figure on this?
>http://SportToday.org/

Yeah, it is a shocker -- especially due to the timing.  There's a
quote in the article saying "he just couldn't take it anymore".

That's two interim coaches in the Big Ten now.

It also leaves Gene Keady as (probably by far) the oldest and longest
tenured coach in the conference.  Otherwise, half the coaches have
been around less than three years, and the other half less than six or
seven.

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Milt Epstein
Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)


 
 
 

Bennett calls it quits at UW

Post by Philip Lennox Beine » Fri, 01 Dec 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

>It also leaves Gene Keady as (probably by far) the oldest and longest
>tenured coach in the conference.  Otherwise, half the coaches have
>been around less than three years, and the other half less than six or
>seven.

Perhaps you saw this already, but Keady recently got verbal commitments
from a pair of high school freshmen, assuring them that he'll still be
at Purdue to coach them.

For the record, Gene was born in 1936, and his first season at Purdue
was 1980-81.

P
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Bennett calls it quits at UW

Post by Milt Epste » Fri, 01 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>>It also leaves Gene Keady as (probably by far) the oldest and longest
>>tenured coach in the conference.  Otherwise, half the coaches have
>>been around less than three years, and the other half less than six or
>>seven.

>Perhaps you saw this already, but Keady recently got verbal
>commitments from a pair of high school freshmen, assuring them that
>he'll still be at Purdue to coach them.

>For the record, Gene was born in 1936, and his first season at Purdue
>was 1980-81.

Oh, I wasn't suggesting he'd be leaving anything soon.  I'm just
amazed at the turnover in coaches in the Big Ten in the last five to
ten years (some schools changing coaches twice), and how different and
younger all the coaches are (Carmody is close to 50, as is O'Brien,
but several of the others are no more than 45, and some are under 40).
Even besides Keady, and the two interims, there are a couple of other
places where there might be coaching changes soon -- e.g. Penn State
and Michigan -- I know Michigan has a good recruiting class coming in,
but if they don't make some noise soon -- a year or two, perhaps --
Ellerbe could be on the way out.

Ten/twelve years ago, you were looking at (in addition to Keady)
Henson, Knight, Davis, Frieder/Fisher, Heathcote, Haskins, and now
they're all gone (some ingloriously).

--
Milt Epstein
Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

 
 
 

Bennett calls it quits at UW

Post by Alan Da » Fri, 01 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> Wow!*** Bennett seemed wound up pretty tight last night. But did
> anyone figure on this?

A surprise, but not a huge shock.  He nearly quit twice last
year.  He's even had health problems related to the stress, and
had to be restrained a couple of times last year too - couldn't
control his frustration.

So this has been coming for a while.

At the end of last season, he took a few days off before
deciding to come back for an another year.  Now he's saying
that was a mistake, that he has burnt out and can't do it
anymore.  Time to walk away.

Now, as long as no one up here starts calling for Bobby Knight.
No way on earth do I want that guy on the Badger bench.

Alan