Not sure what to make of this news, but the first reaction is that it’s sort of tragic. Doherty was fired from SMU today after six years.
“I understand that this is a business and, at the end of the day, we simply didn’t win enough games,” Doherty said in SMU’s statement. “However, I am grateful to the players and staff for their hard work and the way they represented the University. I always stressed to them the importance of controlling what you can control – your attitude and effort. They were great about focusing on every practice and game. I think that shows the type of character these young men possess. I wish SMU and these young men nothing but success.”
Doherty was 80-109 in his time there, going 13-19 this season. To us, this guy remains an enigma. He had some nice success at Notre Dame — enough for Carolina to put their trust in him as the right man to guide the program after Dean Smith — but ever since, he’s been a bit of a washout. Is he really as bad a person as some of his former players and their parents say he was? Does he not just have the ability to coach? Did he not have the right players? He could certainly recruit. Remember he was the one who brought in those players who ultimately won the 2005 championship.
It’s unlikely he’ll be given another major coaching job any time soon. He’ll probably work in TV as an analyst or maybe someone will pick him up as an assistant. But then again, you never know. Even Isaiah Thomas got another shot to be a head coach after what he did to the Knicks.