Byrd and Vols could be a nice fit - 04/18/14

As of Friday early afternoon, the University of Tennessee still does not have a head basketball coach. I would expect that one will be in place by Monday or Tuesday of next week, at the latest. If I was in Dave Hart's shoes, after trying for the top-line, probably never going to happen hires " (Marshall, Smart) ... I'd take a hard look at Rick Byrd. The long-time Belmont head coach is a UT grad, and has built an impressive winning program for the Bruins. The 60 year old Byrd would likely want to coach another five or six years before retirement. Next year's team is a rebuilding project. Byrd and UT seem like a natural fit. At the least, you'd have a coach who you know will stay after some success in Knoxville, and not job hop to another locale after a winning season.

 

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