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04/01/2012

TCU men's basketball coach Jim Christian confirms he has talked to Ohio but no offer made

Christian1The Google machine is all aTwitter that TCU men's basketball coach Jim Christian has accepted the job to become the next coach at Ohio University. Not quite, but ........

Just spoke to Christian, who said: "I have talked to them. Nothing has been offered."

Christian has been at the Final Four in New Orleans, and just this evening returned to FW/d. He said he spoke to the Ohio people while he was in New Orleans.

The Ohio Bobcats job just became open when John Groce left to replace Bruce Webber at Illinois. The Bobcats reached the Sweet 16 where it lost in overtime against top seed North Carolina.

If Christian leaves it is a major slap in the face at TCU, which is joining the Big 12 this summer. This would mean a head coach would willingly leave a Big 12 job for a MAC job, a clear step down in conference prestige. 

Christian leaving means one of two things, or both:
1.) This is a trap door job because there lacks either a direction or a plan from the administration to "go big" and try to win in a highly competitive league.
2.) The school doesn't want to make the necessary investment in this program until it has a coach it believes in. 

Christian is coming off his most successful season as the head coach at TCU in his four years here in Fort Worth; the Frogs finished 18-15 and reached the second round of the CBI tournament. The team defeated NCAA teams UNLV, Colorado State, New Mexico and Virginia during the regular season.

It's the second job flirt Christian has been associated with this offseason; the first was at Rhode Island. It sounds as if this job makes a lot of sense for Christian, who has experience coaching in the Mid American Conference when he was at Kent State. Christian coached at Kent State for six seasons before he left fort TCU.

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RootforROO44

Is the MAC truly that much of a step down?

The MAC is massively underrated.

spivey jean

Del Conte has recently made statements that Daniel Meyer Coliseum is next in line for renovations with architects drawing up ideas as we speak. I think TCU knows it is going to have to get bball up to snuff now that it's joining the Big 12. Christian's contract is up in the next year I believe. And if TCU has made no moves in regards to resigning Christian, then he might be putting feelers out. Coaches don't like to play out the last year of a contract with nothing in the pipeline thereafter.

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