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37 minutes ago, StoppingBy said:

 

 

He will not be staying at Florida. 

Florida has made this decision, and is allowing Gates this time to explore options before officially announcing the separation.

Nebrasaka is vetting Gates and the circumstances. 

This is not an assured hire. 

 

Any insight on these circumstances? Seems pretty hush hush on all fronts.

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Here’s his bio from the Northwestern official site:

 

Regarded as an outstanding recruiter, Gates played a large role in Northwestern bringing in a top-30 recruiting class in the nation for 2014-15 according to ESPN.com.    
    
Gates has helped mentor the Wildcats’ young backcourt over his first three seasons, grooming honorable mention All-Big Ten selections Bryant McIntosh and Tre Demps along with Vic Law and Scottie Lindsey.
    
In his first season on the Wildcats’ staff, Gates helped coach Drew Crawford to third-team All-Big Ten honors as the guard/forward finished his career ranked second all-time at NU in scoring, third in field goals, fourth in 3-point field goals and sixth in blocked shots.
    
Gates joined the Wildcats after spending two seasons just down Sheridan Road on the staff at Loyola University Chicago.
    
In his first year at Loyola, Gates helped forward Ben Averkamp earn second-team All-Horizon League honors to become Loyola’s first all-conference performer since 2006-07. In addition, Walt Gibler finished his career as one of only 18 players in Loyola history to total both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds under Gates’ tutelage.
    
Prior to his time in Rogers Park, Gates spent the 2010-11 campaign as an assistant at TCU. Gates worked with the Horned Frogs’ guards and helped Hank Thorns become a third-team All-Mountain West Conference selection. Thorns finished the season as the only individual ranked among the top 12 in the nation in both assists per game and assist-turnover ratio. His 225 assists ranked No. 2 in MWC single-season history while also averaging 10.7 points per game.
    
Prior to his brief stay at TCU, Gates spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State, helping the Golden Flashes to the 2009-10 Mid-American Conference regular-season title. In his final year at Kent State, Gates was part of a staff that guided the Golden Flashes to the second round of the NIT.
    
Gates began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Western Kentucky. In his lone season on the Hilltoppers’ staff, the team recorded a 29-7 overall record and reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
    
During his playing days at Kent State, Gates helped the Golden Flashes to a 88-42 record and three postseason appearances. Kent State recorded four straight 20-win seasons during his time on campus and he closed out his career tied for second in school history with 200 3-point field goals.
    
Gates graduated from Kent State in 2006 with a degree in leisure studies and earned his master’s degree in sports administration from the same institution in 2007. He was a MAC All-Academic selection.
    
Gates prepped at Hillcrest High School and his brother, Dennis, is currently an assistant coach at Florida State.

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Feels like a pretty impressive get with our current state of the program( pending the reason he left Florida ).

 

northwestern had similar recruiting success to us over the last 5 years so quite possible that he can be a deal sealer similar to Kenya hunter.

 

he also appears to be an offensive mind that we don’t have and haven’t had. Was a good shooter when he played and I’m not for sure on his position group at northwestern(wings?) but they had pretty good success w developing guys while he was there. Again don’t know if that’s all do to him but he seems like a pretty respected guy in the coaching world 

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8 hours ago, Dean Smith said:

Just in case you forgot, the CURRENT state of our program is a 22 win season and a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten Conference.

Don’t get caught up in one season. And the last month and a half hasn’t exactly been peachy 

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12 minutes ago, B-town hoopsfan said:

Don’t get caught up in one season. And the last month and a half hasn’t exactly been peachy 

Why not?  

It was great season — historically great!

It’s reminiscent of National Coach of the Year developments from a few years ago.

And the last month and a half appear to be culminating in a great hire.

Downers can be down, if that’s what they choose: but why insist on dragging everyone else along?

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33 minutes ago, B-town hoopsfan said:

Don’t get caught up in one season. And the last month and a half hasn’t exactly been peachy 

You're the one that said "current state." Don't get caught up in the negativity. It really does take years off your life.

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