Lane Casadonte of CBS 6 Richmond reported the following via Twitter late Sunday evening, "Sources tell #CBS6 Sports that #VT's Seth Greenberg is a top candidate for the job at #SMU #ACC".
SMU fired coach Matt Doherty on March 13th after going 80-109 over six seasons. SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini stated the following.
"As I have said previously, we have set a goal of top-25 status for our men's basketball program and want to compete for BIG EAST championships. With our membership in one of the best basketball conferences in the nation, the Crum Basketball Center, our $40-plus million renovation of Moody Coliseum and our location in the fertile recruiting grounds of Dallas, we believe we have the pieces for a championship-caliber program."
At first, SMU might sound like an illogical destination for Greenberg. But when you consider SMU is transitioning to the Big East, a premier hoops league, is located in Dallas, and has invested serious dollars into its hoops program, it sounds a little more plausible. It might even remind you of Greenberg's takeover scenario at Virginia Tech sans the gobs of local talent.
Keep in mind Greenberg turned down St. John's in 2010, a job, that considering his background, he seemed extremely well-suited for.
CBSSports Jeff Goodman reported on March 24th that SMU had targeted Marquette's Buzz Williams, a coach who has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last 4 seasons, including a pair Sweet Sixteens, to replace Doherty.
It's unlikely that Williams, a Texas native who has led the Golden Eagles to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in his tenure, would leave for the Dallas-based school. However, sources have told CBSSports.com that the Mustangs are prepared to make a lucrative offer in excess of the $2.6 million per season that the 39-year-old Williams is currently earning in Milwaukee.
Even though the 2011-12 season was a disaster, Seth has significantly raised the profile of Virginia Tech basketball during his tenure. He may not have the same level of fan support he had pre-2011, but Athletic Director Jim Weaver has publicly backed him, repeatedly. I've never heard him sound anything less than enthusiastic when talking about his, and his team's, future in Blacksburg. If Casadonte's report is true, do I think he would consider the job if offered? Yes. As of right now, do I think he'll be the next coach at SMU? No. What do you guys think?