The Oregon coaching search has been very public, very ambitious and very humiliating for the school. More and more, the program comes off looking like a kid who thinks he's more attractive than he actually is, and continually gets shot down by every pretty girl in school.
Yet he refuses to accept his average-looking existence. Oregon is a 6, but it wants to date a 9. Not going to happen, clearly.
The Ducks fired Ernie Kent, unofficially, nearly two months ago, and nobody seems to want to replace the man in Eugene. Nobody with a recognizable name, anyway.
As of late, Mike Anderson was the man who got sent the love notes, flower bouquets and all items involved in the wooing process.
But Anderson didn't bolt. The coach who got Missouri, somewhat sneakily, to the Elite Eight in 2009 will stay in Columbia. He makes $1.55 million per year there under the terms of the seven-year contract he signed after the 2009 season. What's more, he's developed a style similar to what Nolan Richardson implemented at Arkansas, and it seems to be working (from a big-picture perspective).
So Oregon gets spurned again. For as long and bad as DePaul's coaching search was, even it (SOMEHOW) managed to poach Oliver Purnell from Clemson and bring him to Chicago.
When will Oregon's new AD, Pat Kilkenny, get his man? There are, seemingly, no big-name candidates left. The school was given the hand by Mark Few and Tubby Smith and Brad Stevens and Jamie Dixon and Billy Donovan and Tom Izzo. This is the part where we all have a chuckle about that Izzo thing.
It seems it's time to go hard after a man on the West Coast who's had success in recent years and would be considered a good hire. He would be considered a reasonable hire.
Saint Mary's Randy Bennett.
If he says no — and we will not blame him if that turns out to be the case — then Oregon needs to acknowledge the tail between its legs and go after a coach it thinks can actually help the program succeed rather than win over a press conference.