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3/18/2006 07:35:00 PM
The Milwaukee Pipeline
A quick one for the coaching rumor mill ... First-year Wisconsin-Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter responded to a couple of questions outside the locker room about his interest in the Iowa State job, which he has been linked to after Wayne Morgan was fired earlier this week. ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard was previously employed by Wisconsin, where Jeter formerly served as an assistant under Bo Ryan.
TV Reporter (paraphrased): The word on the street is that you're a candidate for the Iowa State job.
Jeter: I haven't been out on the street. I've been in this locker room, so I wouldn't know what the word on the street is. I'm Milwaukee's head coach, and I'm proud to be Milwaukee's head coach.
TV Reporter (paraphrased): If Iowa State came ringing, though, what would happen?
Jeter: I'm just proud to be with these guys. That's all I'm concerned about right now. Just to make sure these guys continue to take care of their grades, continue to build this program. That's what I'm committed to.
Jeter faces an interesting dilemma -- does he want to stay in Milwaukee and rebuild a team that will be losing seven seniors (including its entire starting lineup), or attempt to capitalize on his highly successful head-coaching debut by interviewing for a major-conference gig?
Run as quickly as you can. Strike while the iron is hot. With seven seniors leaving you will not get another chance like this for several years. Take advantage of it while you can. There is no perfect job. Take the best one available and make the most of it.