East Coast Bias in Basketball—Now I Understand

MARK TURGEON’S resume , demeanor, basketball accumen, recruiting ethic and attitude, and his overall leadership capabilities have absolutely astounded me. And I barely have had time to study him. But I will. This brings me to East Coast Bias especially in basketball.A Clemson-Virginia game has had more appeal to me then a Texas A&M –Kansas State game. Untile the NCAA tournament I knew Derrick Williams was good but not a #1 NBA pick. Teams West of the Mississippi are barely in our radar. Of course we watch UCLA and Coach Ben Howland, and Texas and Rick barnes (ACC guy), maybe a little Kansas State because of Coach Frank Martin, Texas Tech for a while w\when Bobby Knight was there, Gonzaga and Mark Few, and a few more. But I really missed the boat with Frank Turgeon. Fortunately our great Athletic Director, Kevin Anderson was fully aware of Turgeon. What impresses me most about Turgeon’s background–his relationship with maybe one of the greatest coaches ever-Larry Brown. Mark was Larry’s point guard as Kansas. Larry Brown as well as Roy Williams serve as Turgeon’s mentors. Forget Roy, Turgeon revealed today that Gary Williams was one of the main reasons he came to Maryland!!!. Just look at Turgeon’s record:

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Trans America Athletic Conference) (1998–2000)
1998–1999 Jacksonville State 8–18 3–13 T–10th
1999–2000 Jacksonville State 17–11 12–6 T–3rd
Jacksonville State: 25–29 15–19
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (2000–2007)
2000–2001 Wichita State 9–19 4–14 9th
2001–2002 Wichita State 15–15 9–9 T–5th
2002–2003 Wichita State 18–12 12–6 T–3rd NIT Opening Round
2003–2004 Wichita State 21–11 12–6 T–2nd NIT 2nd Round
2004–2005 Wichita State 22–10 12–6 2nd NIT 2nd Round
2005–2006 Wichita State 26–9 14–4 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2006–2007 Wichita State 17–14 8–10 6th
Wichita State: 128–90 71–55
Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 Conference) (2007–2011)
2007–2008 Texas A&M 25–11 8–8 6th NCAA 2nd Round
2008–2009 Texas A&M 24–10 9–7 T–4th NCAA 2nd Round
2009–2010 Texas A&M 24–10 11–5 T–2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2010–2011 Texas A&M 24–9 10–6 3rd NCAA 1st Round
Texas A&M: 97–40 38–26


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