Teel Time: Virginia Tech's Greenberg was not on SMU's radar and wouldn't rock a cowboy hat

Seth Greenberg

was not and is not on Southern Methodist’s radar. Moreover,

Virginia Tech

’s basketball coach insists he was not and is not interested in the


’ vacancy.

Those facts couldn’t stop Tweets and other reports that Greenberg was a leading candidate at SMU.

Dinosaurs of my vintage can lament the sloppy, half-baked sourcing and fondly recall the Dark Ages when fewer reporters, more gatekeepers and less immediacy translated to more accurate information. But what’s the point?


That Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria sailed long ago.

There are myriad ways such foolishness lands in the public domain. Some coaches want their name floated for other jobs to massage their ego and/or finagle a raise from their present employer. So either they, or their agent, whisper to reporters.

Coaches also gossip about rivals alleged job-hunting with the hope of influencing recruits, or, just for fun. It’s in the DNA of coaches and media. We can’t control ourselves.

But we can and should control what we present to our audiences as fact.

Enough Journalism 101. Here’s what I know about Greenberg and SMU.

Despite the Mustangs’ big-city (Dallas) locale, future

Big East

membership and purported $2 million-plus salary, Greenberg, a big-city guy (New York) says he is not interested in leaving Virginia Tech and the



Similarly, SMU, a dormant program that hasn’t reached the


tournament since 1993 and recently fired Matt Doherty after six seasons, did not consider Greenberg. Sure, he’s a two-time ACC coach of the year, but he’s taken the Hokies to only one NCAA in nine years and has no Texas ties.

Given the fluid nature of coaching searches, either or both of those dynamics could change.

Were SMU athletic director Steve Orsini to approach Greenberg, Tech AD Jim Weaver believes Orsini first would request permission. Such formality and courtesy is not required, but Weaver told me he and Orsini are friends.

Their relationship dates to the 1970s when Weaver, then a

Penn State

assistant football coach, recruited Orsini’s brother for the

Nittany Lions

. Mike Orsini signed with Penn State and played linebacker.

Greenberg turns 56 next month, and Virginia Tech is the longest of this three head-coaching tenures – six years and two NCAAs at Long Beach State followed by seven and none at

South Florida


Is this his last coaching rodeo? Might he opt for TV, where in


cameos last week he showed himself a natural? How patient will fans and administrators be after the Hokies’ 4-12 ACC record this season?

Only thing I can tell you is Greenberg isn’t getting fitted for Justin boots and a Resistol hat.

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