Report: Bacari Alexander in contention for Wisconsin-Green Bay job

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan assistant coach Bacari Alexander is a candidate for the Wisconsin-Green Bay head coaching position.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Alexander as one of four candidates including Green Bay assistant Brian Barone, former UNC star Joe Wolf and Xavier assistant coach Travis Steele.

Bacari Alexander was hired as a Michigan assistant coach in 2010 and was on the assistant coaching staff at Western Michigan before then. He’s been responsible for coaching Michigan’s big men including Jordan Morgan, Mitch McGary, Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal.

Fellow assistant coach Jeff Meyer was a finalist for the Liberty head coaching job, but the Flames hired Ritchie McKay. LaVall Jordan hasn’t been publicly linked to any jobs this offseason.

  • magnuman

    Good for him! Three great assistants, tough to see one of them go, but they’ve earned it the past few years. Dylan, do you have any insight into up and coming potential future assistants? Would it depend on which position group’s coach leaves?

    • Wayman Britt

      I would assume Beilein’s son would be one candidate.

      • I also would assume that Patrick would be high on any list for a replacement.

        • bobohle

          Yeah,Patrick would probably be a slam dunk choice knowing the tree he fell from. Kind of like the Bennetts and the Drews. Would be nice if they could find a qualified former Woverine to be on the staff. I suppose Chris Hunter though counts for that.

          • bobohle

            Sorry I had a senior moment on spelling. I meant Wolverine.

  • jemblue

    We’ll miss his epic pregame speeches if he’s gone, but it would be good for his career and perhaps make him a candidate for the head job here down the road.

    • Mattski

      I think the kids may look on those speeches with tolerant amusement rather than complete awe (could be wrong). And I don’t know if he was necessarily doing it. But I do hope we continue to have coaches who can walk into working-class households and convince parents why their kids should come to UM.

      • jemblue

        I think the bigger value of those speeches is that they help to keep the mood loose before a game. It’s easy for guys to tense up beforehand.

  • Wayman Britt

    Off subject – Calipari said something last night that I think proves that he is not a great coach, definitely a good recruiter, but not a strategist. He said he nor UK players watched any film on Wisconsin during the whole week leading to Final Four. How in the world could he build a game plan, add any new plays or exploit UW weakness? Give me Beilien, Ryan or Izzo any day over slimy Calipari. These three can game plan better than anybody in the college game.

    • Madrox

      I don’t believe he made much if any attempt to game plan or exploit Wisconsin’s weaknesses. I thought Kentucky made pretty much no halftime adjustments and just assumed that their overwhelming talent would carry them in the second half like it has all season.

      Cal is far and away the best recruiter in college basketball (perhaps cheating to do it) but I don’t think anyone can make a legitimate case that he is one of the better actual “coaches” in college basketball. But these days being a great recruiter and average coach can take you pretty far.

      • bobohle

        And he just got elected to the Hall of Fame.

    • MAZS

      I don’t believe for a second that he and the team didn’t watch film. Not for a second.

      • Mattski
        • Mattski

          Doesn’t mention Wiscy, but WSJ article says they watched a max of 8 minutes of film on any given opponent, shortly before the games. Cal has his reasons, but I think he’s doing those players a disservice; if word got around. . . Mentions that guys like Booker were devoted students of film on their opponents, found it a little surprising when they got to KY.

        • MAZS

          Oh, I believe he says it. I just don’t believe he doesn’t do it. NYT reference notwithstanding.

  • Corperryale

    If BA leaves, how about Jordan Morgan?

    Detroit guy, solid dude by all accounts, knows the system, can coach bigs (if I’m not mistaken, that was one of Bacari’s roles), is an engineer. Anyway, you heard it here first.

    • bobohle

      Tim McCormick would also be a good choice.

  • Justin

    My take on this is a guy with similar credentials to Dane Fife (Michigan State), prior coaching experience at D1 whether head or high major asst and a strong recruiter. We are Michigan and we need to continue to remember that. Patty B is an exception but if he doesn’t want to leave Jazz for UM than I would like a strong asst not Hunter or Morgan no offense, there day will come. The only guy I would be remotely open for with no experience is Jalen Rose! Pull a Hubert Davis. Don’t see that happening though.

    It’s good when assistants leave for HC jobs, that attracts better assistants because let’s face it most coaches have aspirations of being a head coach. We are a much better program than the one BA joined and as a result we need to get an assistant with better credentials than what we had when he was hired. I think we are do for a good one. I like our current crop of coaches a lot but do I feel like we have the No. 1 assistant coaches in the country….No… They have done a great job with us but if you look back at their careers before UM, nothing crazy there with our 3. If you look at some of the staffs around the country like Duke (Jeff Capel), Kansas (Norm Roberts and Kurtis Townsend), Kentucky (Kenny Payne) to name a few.

    But who knows what it is like working on JB’s staff and how much freedom coaches have to coach and work with players.

    • Coperryale

      Well Jon Scheyer is one of Duke’s assistants, so having a relatively young ex-player who can help with recruiting alongside more established coaches is not unprecedented at the top tier. Agree that Jalen Rose would be a cool hire.

      • MAZS

        Can’t see Jalen giving up the limelight and the mega-$$.

  • A2JD

    It’s only a matter of time before some school hires B.A., LaVall and Meyer. They’ve been very good for the program and deserve their shot somewhere. I hope they stay in A2 a little while longer but wish them well if the opportunity comes their way.

  • A2JD

    It’s probably a pipe-dream but it would be great to see Juwan come in if B.A. leaves. He’s been an assistant in Miami for the last two years, is from Chicago (a place that still produces really good talent that Michigan hasn’t had much recruiting success in) and was the fundamentally best post-player that I have seen in watching 30 years of Michigan basketball.

    • Corperryale

      Great point, I hadn’t thought of that. Having one of the Fab Five on the staff couldn’t hurt the recruiting.

  • MAZS

    I am somewhat confused why Dane Fife would be among the targets at UWGB. He left the head coaching position at IUPUI to become an assistant at MSU. Clearly, he thought this was a better avenue to a major program. UWGB may be better than IUPUI but they are comparable mid-majors. I doubt he takes the job if offered.