Kermit Davis, Jeff Goodman, Jeff discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
Hoops on Monday night, part 5, the continue of what has been a critical acclaim series and we'll talk more about it on Monday. So the news earlier today, all miss fired Kermit Davis with two weeks from a week and a half remaining in the season. And now the conversation about who will take his place. It was a rough ride for Kermit, made the NCAA tournament first year, and then didn't get back. Jeff Goodman, rejoins us to spend a while since we've had a chance to talk to Jeff who used to talk to them all the time when he was at ESPN. Jeff, thanks for your time. Great to have you back. How are you? I'm good. I'm good. All is well. The fact that I'm back here in Boston to the snow. That's not so good, Paul. I got smart though. I got one kid. She's a freshman in Indiana. So we spent 6 weeks in Charleston. And the only dumb thing was the only dump thing was leaving Charleston after 6 weeks instead of about 12. I'm not that far from Charleston. It was in the 70s here today and 80 yesterday. Thanks. Not to rub it in. Jeff, I want to talk to you about the Alabama situation in a couple of minutes, but I want to start with Kermit Davis. He is now gone, not a big surprise. Most people thought he would not make it this year. But what are you hearing in relation to who could be next? Oh, you can love these names. We got a little crisp beard. That is going to be at least looked at in researched will wade another one who I think will be researched and obviously both of them carry baggage in different ways. We'll wade still kind of working his way through the NCAA investigation right now after being fired at LSU. Chris beard as we know the charges were dropped, the assault charges by the DA, but ultimately they're still going to be some question marks whether or not he can be hired. At an SEC school this quickly with all the damage it was done from that police report, those are two dusty may, another one that has some connections, their dusty is the only coach in the country right now. In the mid major, the one bid league is at FAU, who's in the at large conversation. And we're getting the NCAA tournament. And I'm telling you, it's a brutally tough job. If you go down there, which I was there a few weeks ago to both your return, it looks awesome. Right near the beach. But if you see the facilities, if you see the support, it's one of the toughest jobs in the league and he's got them on the brink of winning the regular season title right now. And he's got a connection in that. He worked for Mike white. Mike white played it or missed played with Keith Carter the AD I don't miss. Yes, Keith Carter definitely a basketball guy. Jeff, on beard, let's talk about him for a second because I realized his fiance dropped the charges, but that's doesn't really absolve the mess that he got himself in that he lost one of the best jobs in the country. I mean, how bad is it for him? Well, it depends on who's hiring, right? I mean, obviously, you know, the hard part for him is going to be getting everybody on board, right? It's not just the athletic director. It's the board. It's the president or the Chancellor and obviously it's going to be hard for him to recruit at the same level because, you know, whether or not he was guilty, innocent, whatever, it doesn't look good. Certainly for women, right? If you're a mother, how are you reacting to crispy or recruiting your son? So I think that's something that's going to be a hurdle for him to have to overcome wherever he's hired. Can he get an SEC job? Or does he have to start with something smaller end? One big league, maybe like a wicked House state if that opens a western Kentucky for stansbury's fire, which I'm told he probably will be here. So I don't know. I mean, again, does he take the year off? I don't think he does. I think he takes a job and he will get an opportunity at a job this year in this carousel, but I don't know if it's going to be an SEC job. What's Jeff Goodman? Jeff, let me get to the story of the week here and in college basketball. And that's the situation in Tuscaloosa. I realize we don't know very much, but from what we do know, your thoughts on the way NATO and in particular, the university has handled it so far. So obviously Nate didn't handle it well from the first pressing conference, right? I mean, that was a train wreck and how he handled it. But I still listen, when I'm looking at this whole thing and I spent time with Brandon Miller in Portland, I talked to his parents and his brother prior to all of this for a story that I was working on for more than an hour. I think it was, again, I just see people crucifying him right now. And what I go back to is, has he been charged with anything? Is he a suspect? I'm just, I've been doing this long enough to understand that that's generally what I go on right now, right? I made mistakes when I was younger as a reporter. I remember Patrick Beverly. It was Patrick Beverly the kind of changed the way I looked at things and they were, if you remember, they were accused of sexual assault. Patrick Beverly and a couple other players down at Arkansas years ago. And I remember putting their names out there. And after that, I just said to myself, I'm going to be more careful with these situations because they were later absolved.