The search for a Gophers basketball coach continued Thursday after a day of constant Shaka Smart rumors was quickly doused by Smart himself last night. I know the Gophers need a head coach and will find their guy that they will say was their number one target during the search.
Watching the speculation from fans and media has proven to be great entertainment. Everyone has a source and claims to have the inside track because anyone with a keyboard and a mouse can claim they know somebody who knows somebody. Welcome to the world of twitter and instant information.
While disappointed because I am a Shaka disciple, I have faith that Norwood Teague and Mike Ellis will get the right guy. When I walked into the office this morning, slightly less enthusiastic than 24 hours earlier I might add, our manager of digital content Mike Durkin asked "Who do you think now?" I responded with "no idea". He then dropped a name along with a little nugget that slowly is beginning to pick up momentum when it comes to the Gopher vacancy.
Xavier's Chris Mack.
Mack tweeted this morning
"415am wake up calls are completely disturbing. Up and at em though............... Well, at least the at em part."
Now it could be nothing, but Mack is linked to the Villa 7 who up until this point and time I thought were a vigilante group from Young Guns. Mack could have been catching an early flight to Gopher nation, or he could have simply been up early to walk the dog.
A day after all of the Shaka talk everything in Dinkytown is tight lipped and at least for now the only truth is that the search continues which for this guy is wildly entertaining.