By now you may know, Billy Gillespie has shipped off to Kentucky. And I believe he may have taken A&M's best shot at establishing a legitimate basketball program with him.
A&M has never much been known for their basketball program until late, when savior Billy Gillespie came in and turned the worst team in the Big 12, into a legitimate NCAA tournament team. Now is probably one of the most crucial times in the A&M basketball program, they have established both success and recruiting.
Texas A&M will announce soon that they have hired Wichita State coach,Mark Turgeon.I don't believe that hiring another up and coming coach will be the best step for the A&M program. Is a guy that has a record of 128-90 and finished 17-14, sixth in the Valley at 8-10 going to be able to keep A&M's recruits as well as take their program forward?
Why didn't they go after a big name head coach that has a established reputation for success? They might have had to dish out a little more money, but I think it would have been well worth it. A&M hasn't had a shot like this to build a reputation of success for their basketball program in the schools history.
Who knows, Mark Turgeon could be the next big thing, the next Billy Gillespie.
But why risk it?