CVT Staff CollegeVolleyballTalk.com
In a time that usually sees very little excitement in the college volleyball world, these winter months have contained quite a bit of it.
It is not so much the mere amount of job openings that is creating the amount of buzz, though it is a large amount, it is more the amount of high profile, head coaching jobs that is sparking a fire of speculation across the country.
From the first announcements in the SEC and Big 12 (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas Tech) to the long-tenured retirings at Minnesota and Louisville, doors were opened nationwide for hot coaches to jump ship and swim to bigger and better places.
Though ESPN doesn’t have an ongoing chronicle of the openings and speculation for volleyball, the sport has its own devices to spread rumors, toss out names, and share “insider information”. Between forums and blogs, volleyball gets its own “Adam Shefter with the BlackBerry” effect.
As it stands, Ed Allen taking over the land of Roll Tide and Ann Kordes heading back home to Louisville to take over the Cardinal program after a quiet exit from international sensation, Leonid Yelin, on top of Lizzy Stemke leaving John Cook’s side to head to Georgia and Don Flora’s small move to Texas Tech are the only major job fillings, but more are certain to come.
It’s this impending certainty that keeps the masses talking. As one job opens and is filled, the domino effect begins. Tulsa and Saint Louis are now also searching for new head coaches, and they won’t be the only ones to be put in the unexpected situation, just the lucky ones for being in it early.
Before the season starts, many more jobs will open and they all will be filled, but not without much more speculation and buzz resounding from the world of college volleyball.