Report: Indiana offers job to Bennett


You may want to take this with a grain – or maybe a block – of salt until there’s other verification, but Fox Sports News is reporting this morning that Indiana has offered its basketball coaching job to Tony Bennett.

The Fox Sports report by Jeff Goodman says IU, according to two unidentified sources, offered Bennett, 38, the job yesterday, one day after his Washington State team lost to No. 1 North Carolina in WSU’s first Sweet 16 game since 1941.

Bennett, the son of former Wisconsin and WSU coach Dick Bennett and brother of former IU women’s coach Kathi Bennett, is 52-17 in two seasons at Washington State.

To read the entire Fox Sports story, click here.

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18 comments:

  • Jon #1


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 9:49 AM EDT

    Interesting if true given other potential candidates, namely Sean Miller, are still in the tournament. I have read numerous stories regarding Miller which state he is content a Xavier and believes he can have all the success there that any other program may offer.

  • Colby #2


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:09 AM EDT

    This would be very good news for Indiana basketball

  • Jon #3


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:13 AM EDT

    Even though this comes from a weak source, it’s hard not to be excited. I believe the source stated that Bennett’s name was the top of a list which included other premier coaches. So it would make sense that they offered the position right away.

  • Jon #4


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:18 AM EDT

    I’ve been all over the internet this morning and the only source so far is Goodman’s story. But it is being posted on WSU message boards and the feeling there is that he is going to leave; if not IU then CAL.

  • bshep #5


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:30 AM EDT

    This is very dissappointing, there are many other candidates out there and Bennett has coached for only 2 years……this is just like having Davis and/Dakich!! Dakich is a better choice……

  • LME #6


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:38 AM EDT

    It’s hard for me to be excited about this right now. Bennett has 2 years of experience as a head coach at a program where expectations are as low as it gets and there’s no pressure to win.
    He may turn out to be a great coach but it’s hard for me to see that he’s prepared for the pressure cooker that he would face at IU. I suspect that IU fans won’t be nearly as patient as WSU fans.

  • Jon #7


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:46 AM EDT

    WSU fans didn’t have to be patient. He was National Coach of the Year his first year where they went to the NCAA for the first time in like 31 years and this year made it to the sweet 16.

  • bhss73 #8


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:57 AM EDT

    It’s hard for me to be excited about this right now. Bennett has 2 years of experience as a head coach at a program where expectations are as low as it gets and there’s no pressure to win.
    He may turn out to be a great coach but it’s hard for me to see that he’s prepared for the pressure cooker that he would face at IU. I suspect that IU fans won’t be nearly as patient as WSU fans

    Sorta sounds like 1971 when a certain coach who had been at Army only 3 yrs came to a program that had been down and out for a while. Solid guy whose family has been a part of Big 10 BB for a long time. Who understands what its like to be in the Big Ten both athletically and educationally…. If this is true, then we have hit a home run.

  • Joe #9


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 10:57 AM EDT

    Cougar alum here.

    Sounds like this will all shake out very quickly. Bennett is a great coach and more importantly a stand-up guy – meaning he won’t let this fester for long without some sort of clarification. One way or the other.

    i would absolutely HATE to lose him, but would have to admit the choice to move to a traditional powerhouse like IU is tough the pass up (and better than staying in conference at Cal, which would really be a shocker).

    That said, if you manage to get him, you will not be disappointed, and IU will be in the hunt for NC’s again very soon.

    This one will really hurt.

  • Jon #10


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:01 AM EDT

    If the story is true, Bennett may not even be interested in the uncertainty that lies ahead at Indiana with NCAA penalties. However, if true, I am much more confident in the search committee this morning.

  • LME #11


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:06 AM EDT

    bhss73, Knight had a long track record at Army, a place where it’s pretty tough to consistently field winning teams. The 2 situations don’t compare. Knight didn’t have the program set up by his father and passed off to him and expectations at that time weren’t like they are now.
    Besides, I’m not arguing against Bennett. I just saying that there’s not enough of a track record to get me fired up about him when there are other proven options. And we don’t even know if this report is accurate.

  • Jon #12


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:06 AM EDT

    no other sources are touching this. Goodman’s 2 sources are probably his neighbors.

  • Scott #13


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:10 AM EDT

    Goodman is always wrong about everything. He is a joke.

  • PETE #14


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:14 AM EDT

    I wouldn’t be suprised if IU hired Tony Bennett the singer anymore. Come sing to our lowly basketball program Tony, make us smile.

  • Jared #15


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM EDT

    I’m still hoping for the home run of Pitino or Pearl. I guess Bennett would be good, but he doesn’t excite me like those would. His style of play is slower and more defensive oriented, but who knows, it looks like it won games and maybe he was just using the players he had at WSU in an effective way.

  • bshep #16


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:34 AM EDT

    He was 11-7 in the Pac 10. Surely we aren’t comparing IU to Wazzu?

  • Jon #17


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:46 AM EDT

  • LME #18


    Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 12:15 PM EDT

    ESPN quotes Bennett saying he hasn’t been offered the job or even contacted by anyone at IU.

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