Radio host Gottlieb to coach Green Bay MBB


Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb goes from the airwaves to the behind-the-scenes side of college basketball. Gottlieb has accepted the head coaching job at Green Bay, according to multiple reports, and he will also continue his Fox radio show that airs daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

Gottlieb, 48, has long wanted to coach at the college level and has appeared in various searches over the years, including interviews at his alma mater, Oklahoma State, in 2017. He has spent the last 20 years working in the media, notably at ESPN and CBS. He has not coached in college, although he once coached the United States in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.

But the use of a media personality for Green Bay is not the most shocking element of this approach. It’s almost the equivalent of a school hiring a former NBA great with no coaching experience, and Gottlieb has been entrenched in the college basketball world for years.

What is unprecedented is the fact that Gottlieb will simultaneously coach and continue his national radio show. Former Vermont coach Tom Brennan co-hosted a morning show in Vermont, but Gottlieb will host a national radio show in the middle of the workday.

Green Bay was in a tough spot in the recruiting cycle due to the timing of its opening. Sundance Wicks, who spent only one year at the school, left Monday to accept the opening at Wyoming, which was created by Jeff Linder surprisingly leaving with three years remaining on his contract to become an assistant coach at Texas Tech.

Wicks orchestrated one of the best turnarounds in sports last season, inheriting a team that won three games then went 18-14.

Green Bay returns four of its top eight scorers but replaces its only double-digit scorer, Noah Reynolds, who transferred to TCU. Wicks had already added four new players for next year’s team, so Gottlieb will have to put in the work to retain those rookies and the players on his roster. Players have 30 days to enter the transfer portal due to the coaching change.

Gottlieb made his name as a point guard at Oklahoma State in the late 1990s, leading the NCAA in assists during his final two seasons with the Cowboys. He began his career at Notre Dame and left after one season following an incident in which he stole a teammate’s credit card and used it to make several purchases.

In addition to his radio show, Gottlieb hosts a podcast called “All Ball” in which he primarily interviews basketball coaches.

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