I'm hearing that Robert Burke officially resigned as Mount St. Mary's basketball coach last week and that the situation could resolve itself this week.
EDIT Official release on resignation http://www.mountathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2011-12/releases/20120305vhl6cc
Let's be blatantly honest right here. The Mount needs a Mount guy right now.
Someone who knows the community and knows what it takes to win at this level.
For me there are three legitimate candidates who fit that mold.
Cliff Warren - The Jacksonville head coach and former Mt. St. Mary's point guard and assistant has shown the ability to command a program. Growing up in the DC Metro he recruited Chris McGuthrie and Riley Inge to the Mount. Unfortunately, the move would be a lateral one at best for #5 - and probably a drop on the pay scale which may mean he's not a candidate at all.
Jamion Christian - One of the first recruits to establish the pipeline into Virginia that helped build the Mount back into an NEC contender. The young man is especially bright and is going to be a great head coach someday. No reason that couldn't be at his alma mater. He's worked with three successful programs at Bucknell, William & Mary and now Virginia Commonwealth.
Kevin Robinson - The former Mount assistant followed Milan Brown to Holy Cross but he's lived and breathed Mount basketball all his life. He did a great job helping students be athletes during his time at the Mount and he's been a big part in the recruiting that helped the Mount be so successful during recent years.
The fourth candidate that immediately comes to mind is acting head coach Matt Henry. But upon closer examination you have to really wonder why? The top line on his resume has to be assisting Rob Burke during these disastrous two years, where the Mount went 19-42 posting back to back 20 loss seasons. He wouldn't warrant a job interview at any other program in the country. The argument to keep cohesion within the program isn't a good one. There has been no cohesion since Burke arrived and rumors run rampant that an exodus will occur if Henry is hired. Matt Henry may very well be a fine head basketball coach someday but this just doesn't seem like a good fit by any stretch of the imagination.
So really what we know right now is very little. Rob Burke won't be back. After that it's a muddled mess. That maybe we'll find out more about as the week wears on.
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