We’ve mentioned this before – what Deane Martin did for the Idaho State University Bengals basketball program. Long story short, a 3-13 record became third place in the Big Sky and ultimately fourth in a season everyone picked them to be dead last. Now comes word that Martin won’t be retained as full-time head coach. They’ve made a hiring, and they’ll announce it Thursday. Rumors are that it’s the longtime SUU coach Bill Evans.There has been some backlash, but not much. Pretty sure the hiring Thursday will bring out more backlash/intrigue/commentary. I disagree that they’d think Martin was part of the O’Brien regime; this was his first season in Pocatello. Bill Evans, if he’s hired, has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the region. That’s fine, but why wouldn’t you keep things simple? This will be the third coach in a calendar year for the Bengal players. We’ll have more Thursday when it comes; we’re also waiting on NAU’s coaching search (for now.)
Purdue has the makings of a contender in Big Ten play, but you wouldn’t know it from the conversations about the conference teams. The Boilermakers will have to earn their way to relevance despite their potential to contend.
The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.
Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.
College Basketball Tonight
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