Leitao gone - have we jumped the gun here?
Monday, March 16 2009 by Ben
By many new reports, Dave Leitao has been let go by the university.
I don't agree with this decision 100%. It doesn't mean I think it was a bad idea (maybe it isn't), but I think it was handled too hastily after a very difficult season. In my opinion, Leitao should've been given one more year to progress. A tight leash, for sure, but a manageable one for someone in Leitao's position.
Leitao had a young, good core. He should've been given one more year to let it mature.
Whoever inherits the roster will undoubtedly be lucky. There's a solid, not spectacular core here. That's all dependent on if Sylven Landesberg stays. That's the wildcard. Landesberg there have been various speculations that he'd leave and right now, given this turmoil. Could you blame him? Task #1 for the new coach will be keeping Landesberg, who could probably use another year of seasoning.
So, who's the front runner for the coaching vacancy? Let's just conjecture some names. I've got no idea whether or not there's any reason to believe these folks would be considering the job. AGAIN THIS IS PURE SPECULATION!
Marc Iavaroni - The Virginia alumnus and longtime Phoenix Suns assistant was let go by the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this year. He's long said that he doesn't have any desire to coach in college. Would a (somewhat more) stable job opportunity lure him back to C'ville?
Anthony Grant - Widely considered a top mid-major coach and just down the road at Virginia Commonwealth, Grant has a decent track record against Duke. He should be considered, definitely.
Tubby Smith - The last time Virginia was in a coaching search, the Wahoos flirted with Smith, who would leave a year later to head up Minnesota. Surely, Charlottesville must be warmer than St. Paul.
Any other ideas? Let me know in the comments.