Major props and hats off to Texas State and its director of athletics, Dr. Larry Teis. Rather than look for the pretty name, or some hot assistant, Teis hired a guy who wins games to be his next head basketball coach.
On Thursday, one of the most overlooked and qualified head coaches in Texas, and maybe the nation, finally got his chance at a promotion. Danny Kaspar is leaving Stephen F. Austin, a place where he has been since 2000, to take over the Bobcats.
For far too long Kaspar has been overlooked as one of the better head basketball coaches in Texas. He won at Stephen F. Austin; do you know how hard that is?
I thought when Stephen F. Austin failed to win the Southland Conference tournament finals that Kaspar (59) was going to get shutout again of landing a bigger gig.
Kaspar knows how to recruit Texas and win games. He has been at SFA since 2000 and compiled a 219-136 career record there.
He replaces Doug Davalos, who was fired after seven seasons and a 92-107 record.
This should be a win-win for both Kaspar and Texas State.
Kaspar goes to a school that is investing far more money into athletics than Stephen F. Austin ever could, and will work for an athletic department that should make men's basketball more of a priority. Expectations, at least for a little while, should be low enough to allow him time to recruit players and build something.
Texas State is an attractive mid-major school, and easily reached between San Antonio and Austin. If Kaspar plays this right, Texas State could become a transfer-school for guys who want to be near Austin and UT but aren't quite good enough to be recruited by Rick Barnes.
Texas State is in the WAC, which is not exactly loaded with traditional basketball powers.
A great opportunity exists for both Kaspar and Texas State to take advantage of its many advantages and build a winner in San Marcos.
In this day and age, what Teis and Texas State did required courage; considering Kaspar's resume the risk should be rewarded.
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