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For coaching jobs, bigger not always better

By Mike Rasor Published: April 10, 2012

Men's basketball

Terry Pluto wrote an insightful column today about the MAC's coaches.

One point made a lot of sense to me:

"[Jim] Christian and [Gary] Waters both were far from their recruiting bases. Both were at schools where basketball was a lost cause for years. Both discovered they could not turn the situation around, no matter how hard they worked."

Leaving for a good opportunity is one thing (see John Groce), and it's an excellent long-term decision. Leaving for just a bigger check is another, and it often results in lost years.

All of this is to say, Keith Dambrot made the right call by turning down an extra $200,000 per year at Duquesne.

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