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Changing Your Mind

During the N.C. State coaching search, one name that was bantered about was Gregg Marshall, head coach at Winthrop. Marshall had built a great low major program at Rock Hill with six NCAA appearances in eight years all via the automatic bid. Some thought he was ready for the move to the big stage at NC State but the Wolfpack went a different direction. So it was not surpising when he ended up being named head coach at the College of Charleston. CofC is a member of the Southern Conference(as is my alma mater UNCG) and is a step higher than the Big South Conference. Marshall went to Charleston had a press conference annoucing his hiring and then drove back to Rock Hill, called Winthrop's school president and asked for his old job back leaving C0fC in the lurch.

So CofC just had a coach who accepted the job and even was introduced to the world as your coach only to have him quit the job to return to his previous employer. The next logical step? Hire a coach who did the same thing 13 years ago! Former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins is set to be named the head man at CofC. Cremins is a good coach who went to a Final Four in 1990 with Georgia Tech and his teams perpetually gave UNC fits during his tenure there. He also has the distinction of having taken the South Carolina job in 1993 only to renege on the deal and return to Atlanta.

The good folks at the College of Charleston must be banking on the virtual impossibility of one man pulling the same stunt twice.