To things you may or may not be aware of:
1). New Mexico head coach Steve Alford, days after signing a 10-year contract to stay at the school, left to become coach at UCLA.
2). Geno Auriemma has been the head coach at UConn for 28 years and apparently, just last week, pushed aside the chance to move to Ohio State to replace Jim Foster:
Why, you might ask:
“Well, Steve Alford hadn’t been at New Mexico for 28 years,” Auriemma said Sunday. “But early on in my career, if someone had come along and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got this great offer for you at a larger school with more resources,’ I might have gone. I might have decided it would be better for me [to leave].
“Even after going to the Final Four for the first time in 1991 and winning the national championship in 1995, there weren’t a whole lot of options for me. There weren’t people knocking my door down to coach their programs.
“I guess I am lucky that I just got stuck at Connecticut to win all these championships and making all this money [a five-year extension for $10.86 million signed next week]. And I am still mad about it.”
Geno said the biggest reason he decided to stay, and likely will forever, was that by the time the money and locations were right, his roots were just too deep to dig up.
“It’s funny. When you are young and do not have roots tied to a community, it’s easy to pick up and go,” he said. “You build a program and four or five years later you go some place else.
“Had that opportunity risen [when he was younger], there is no way I would not have gone. There was no way I could envision in 1991 that this would have ever happened [at UConn].
“But its impossible to make a move, especially at this part of my life, unless there is something you really don’t like about where you are or there is something somewhere else you find impossible to resist. That never came up for me. My chances [to move] came later in my life and by that point, I had no interest in them.”