BTW, Jeff Lebo refused the job. Here's the link for everyone from Iowa State Daily
Roller coaster summer for men's basketball
Jeter and McDermott were the only ones who officially interviewed in 2006 right? Maybe JP talked to more people than that...
McDermott was a good hire at the time. He could have had the K-State or Missouri jobs or waited a year and had the Iowa job.
Hmm, very good post OP. I am one that has advocated for getting rid of McD and bringing in a new regime, but this has put things in perspective a bit. I think we may over-estimate who would want to come to Iowa State, and the state of Iowa State basketball was certianly better after LE then it is now.
So while we are at it, does anyone want to put together a list of coaches we looked at before we hired McD? Maybe this is a trend, maybe Iowa State isn't as marketable as we like to think.
ddisu is correct on Orr, we called michigan to talk to one of his assistants. We then told him how much we were going to offer is assistant and his assistant would be making more at ISU then he was at Michigan. Also, before we even talked to Orr, if anyone read the pregame notes before the Duke game on cyclones.com, we tried to get coach K as well, but he decided on going to Duke.
I think you meant me. It was told to me that ISU was consulting w/Orr on finding a new coach.
Orr: How much are you going to pay him? ISU: This much. Orr: Really. Hell for that much I will come coach the Cyclones.
So, I guess we were willing to offer a big salary but we weren't fishing for Orr.
Yeah, my bad. I dont know the whole story, but i have always been told that we were asking about one of his assistants. At the time, pressure was on him for winning more then he already was and when we were offering our next coach more then him, he took the job.