With all due respect to Boyle and Meier, shouldn't Duke be casting a much wider net for coaches? Why wouldn't a current or former WNBA coach be tempted by Duke's job? Anne Donovan, Carolyn Peck, and others? What about major college coaches like Joanne P. McCallie and Dawn Staley?
Would Nell Fortner really stick with Auburn over Duke if they offered??
(Side note: Gosh, as a Texas alum, Nell must not be very happy that she wasn't considered for that job)
While a former Duke player and coach can, and probably will, do a great job with the program, I think if the search starts and ends with one candidate (Boyle), it perhaps indicates that Alleva & Co. STILL don't view the Duke women's basketball program as they should. They should be willing to pay the big bucks to at least attract one of these elite, proven coaches. If they still want to go with Boyle or Meier after interviews with other candidates, that's fine. But I hope Alleva realizes that what Coach G built at Duke will be very hard to sustain without a stronger commitment from the athletic department and the university as a whole.