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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Good Choice for Rice

What went somewhat unnoticed was that Rice recently hired recently deposed Cal coach Ben Braun as its head coach. This is a great choice for Rice, as Braun is an innovative coach who should elevate the Owls' program. Willis Wilson, the coach Braun replaces, is a very good guy, but he had trouble advancing the program and getting the Owls to the post-season. Needless to say, a) Rice is a tough job because of the academic standards, small enrollment and tough competition and b) Braun got canned from Berkeley because of his recent lack of post-season appearances. So, while facially it does seem a bit counterintuitive to hire Braun in Houston, it's actually a good move. (For example, hiring a Bob Huggins clone or Huggins wannabe just wouldn't square with the Rice culture).

Good luck to Ben Braun in his new gig.

Good luck to Willis Wilson in his next one.


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