Team preview: Idaho State
Blue Ribbon Yearbook previews the 2006-07 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)
Idaho State has been an equal-opportunity career wrecker for head coaches. The last four that tried to build this program have either resigned or been fired. Doug Oliver was the latest casualty, resigning last year after finishing 88-144 in eight seasons. Oliver was a noted assistant coach at Stanford before deciding to take a job in the mountain region's coaching graveyard.
Now it's Joe O'Brien's turn. As with previous ISU coaches, O'Brien comes to the university with fine credentials. He posted an excellent 313-177 record in 13 seasons as a junior college and Division II head coach. He's also one of only three coaches to win three JUCO national championships, all at Southeast (Iowa) Community College.
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