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.

Share the Scoop!

18 comments:

  • Jon #1


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

    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 EST

    This would be very good news for Indiana basketball

  • Jon #3


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

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

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

  • Scott #13


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

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

  • PETE #14


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

    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 EST

    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 EST

    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 EST

  • LME #18


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

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

Scoop Poll:

How many games will IU basketball win in 2014-15

  • 16-19 (45%, 145 Votes)
  • 20-23 (36%, 117 Votes)
  • 15 or less (12%, 38 Votes)
  • 24 or more (7%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 324

Loading ... Loading ...

IU vs Louisville Men\'s Jimmy V Classic

Men's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_blackmon1.jpg]4930James Blackmon, Jr.
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard James Blackmon Jr. (1)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_zeisloft1.jpg]3800Nick Zeisloft
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nick Zeisloft (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hoetzel1.jpg]3470Max Hoetzel
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Max Hoetzel (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_johnson1.jpg]3060Robert Johnson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Robert Johnson (4)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_williams1.jpg]2780Troy Williams
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Troy Williams (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_burton1.jpg]2740Ryan Burton
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Ryan Burton (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_yogi1.jpg]2450Yogi Ferrell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Yogi Ferrell (11)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_perea1.jpg]2710Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_robinson1.jpg]2270Stanford Robinson
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Stanford Robinson (22)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_ritchie1.jpg]2230Nate Ritchie
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Nate Ritchie (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_holt1.jpg]2680Emmitt Holt
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Emmitt Holt (25)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hartman1.jpg]2830Collin Hartman
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Collin Hartman (30)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_priller1.jpg]3140Tim Priller
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Tim Priller (35)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/mens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_april1.jpg]3180Jeremiah April
Chris Howell | Herald-Times Indiana University Men's Basketball head shots in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jeremiah April (44)

Women's Basketball Player Pages

[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_walter1.jpg]3430Jess Walter
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Jess Walter (2)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_buss1.jpg]8220Tyra Buss
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Tyra Buss (3)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_brooks1.jpg]4590Larryn Brooks
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Larryn Brooks (5)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_agler1.jpg]3790Taylor Agler
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Taylor Agler (10)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_bell2.jpg]2940Nicole Bell
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Nicole Bell (12)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_stratman1.jpg]2870Liz Stratman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_hulls1.jpg]2990Kaila Hulls
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard/forward Kaila Hulls (15)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mcbride1.jpg]2520Karlee McBride
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Karlee McBride (21)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_gassion1.jpg]2370Alexis Gassion
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Alexis Gassion (23)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_muensterman1.jpg]2550Maura Meunsterman
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Maura Muensterman (31)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_mize1.jpg]2490Andrea Mize
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers guard Andrea Mize (32)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_cahill1.jpg]2600Amanda Cahill
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Amanda Cahill (33)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_jakubicek1.jpg]2720Claire Jakubicek
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Claire Jakubicek (34)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_leikem1.jpg]2620Lyndsay Leikem
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers forward Lyndsay Leikem (40)
[img src=http://scoop.hoosiershq.com/wp-content/flagallery/womens-basketball-player-pages/thumbs/thumbs_anderson1.jpg]2420Jenn Anderson
Chris Howell | Herald-TimesIndiana University women's basketball portraits at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, October 23, 2014.Indiana Hoosiers center Jenn Anderson (43)
  • t:

    Sampson not even an average fit for IU even if he had good kids. It w [...]

  • Geoff:

    Bellamy is the next closest thing... But he wasn't NPOY nor did he win [...]

  • Ben_M:

    Cheney would be hard to leave off even without a championship, but it' [...]

  • Ben_M:

    Also mike woodson [...]

  • Ben_M:

    Well knight for sure but I don't think it includes coaches. Walt Bella [...]

  • Geoff:

    My Mount Rushmore would be... Knight May Alford Cheney Three [...]

  • t:

    As good as Isaiah was he played only 2 years at IU. Does that matter [...]


Find Notre Dame football coverage on NDInsider.com. © Hoosier Times Inc., all rights reserved.