I saw this today regarding Ray McCallum Sr., the head coach at the University of Detroit Mercy and architect of that program’s resurgence. Could he be a legitimate candidate to take over at Depaul? It’s in a major conference in a major midwestern city.
(Oh, and he has a pretty good player in his home that I’m sure Depaul would be interested in.)
Candidate #2: Ray McCallum, Detroit Titans Head Coach -
There isn’t another coach on this list who I’ve studied more than McCallum (left). He has a long track record of success at the mid-major level. He went 126-76 at Ball State, including 2 NCAA appearances and an NIT bid, and is rebuilding Detroit in a hurry in the Horizon League. The one questionable part of his resume is 4 years at Houston where he went a combined 44-73. That’s certainly a blemish. McCallum has been an assistant coach all over the Midwest so I’m sure he knows the area. The big carrot with McCallum though is another Ray McCallum, his son. Ray McCallum Jr. is ranked in the Top 10 point guards in the class of 2010. He’s considering Florida, Arizona, UCLA and Detroit. My guess is DePaul would shoot to the top of that list if his father got a major conference job. McCallum is certainly worth taking a shot on.