College basketball coaching changes: Archie Miller leaves Dayton for Indiana; who will Flyers hire?
The two biggest jobs open now in college basketball: Georgetown and Dayton
The biggest job in college basketball Indiana Hoosiers hired Archie Miller away from Dayton Flyers , signing him to a seven-year contracted reportedly worth approximately $4 million annually.. Saturday,
The hire is being applauded around college basketball. At 38, Miller is considered by many to be the best coach under 40. Indiana has national championship expectations, and Miller is poised to meet those goals.
I have more analysis on the move below, including what Dayton should do next.
We’re now at 34 coaching changes this season. Here’s a full, up-to-date list with coaching hirings, firings, resignations and retirements in 2017:
Out: Tom Crean
Crean went 166-135 in nine seasons at IU, including a 71-91 record in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers made history this season, becoming the first team to beat two eventual No. 1 seeds in non-conference play but go on to miss the Big Dance. Indiana was beset by injuries, including the loss of projected first-round pick OG Anunoby . Crean lost the fan base in Bloomington in recent years, but his reputation as a coaching tactician is held in high regard. He’ll land on his feet at a solid job.
In: Archie Miller
A terrific basketball mind, the younger brother of Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller. This is just about a perfect fit. Miller is young, a great recruiter, an A-level tactician and someone that should be able to handle the pressures of IU basketball. The question now becomes: Who will Miller hire on staff? A top priority will be to keep in-state elite talent from going to other programs, something Crean struggled with.
Out: Brad Underwood
Underwood is replacing John Groce at Illinois Fighting Illini . Had he been given contract renegotiation options sooner, he would still be in Stillwater.
In: Mike Boynton Jr.
Oklahoma State Cowboys wasn’t sure what to do after it unexpectedly lost Underwood. Boynton aced his interview, beating out fellow assistants, in addition to a few sitting head coaches and, most notably, former Cowboys point guard Doug Gottlieb, who publicly lobbied for the job. Boynton is 35 and a first-time head coach. He will have tremendous challenges ahead. Coaching in the Big 12 is stacked, but Boynton is built to run a program. He could wind up as the most surprising but best bargain of a hire of any made in 2017.
Out: Johnny Jones
LSU’s only sub-.500 season under Jones was this season, a 10-21 disaster that included a 2-16 mark in the SEC. Jones made one NCAA Tournament appearance in his time in Baton Rouge. He’ll mostly be remembered for coaching Ben Simmons and not making the NCAAs in 2016.
In: Will Wade
Wade is an intriguing hire in Baton Rouge. LSU Tigers is the sleeping giant in the SEC. The Tigers opt to go young, as Wade is 34. LSU’s job is one with incredible potential, meaning Wade will have to recruit like he never has before in order to keep pace in an SEC that has a lot of big-time coaching talent. Wade is the latest to leave VCU Rams for a traditional Big Six job, following in the footsteps of Jeff Capel ( Oklahoma Sooners ), Anthony Grant ( Alabama Crimson Tide ) and Shaka Smart ( Texas Longhorns ). Wade coached at VCU the past two years, getting the Rams to the NCAAs each time. He has a 91-45 career record as a coach; he previously coached at Chattanooga Mocs for two years. Wade cut his teeth as an assistant at VCU for Smart before returning to Richmond Spiders .
Out: Lorenzo Romar
Romar was at Washington Huskies from 2002-17. He went to the NCAA Tournament six times, including two Sweet 16 runs. But after a 9-22 season, despite having projected No. 1 NBA Draft pick Markelle Fultz , Romar was fired.
In: Mike Hopkins
Hopkins was Jim Boeheim’s assistant at Syracuse Orange the past 22 years.
“The University of Washington is such a unique place, with a world-class university, an exciting basketball history and unbelievable fan support,” Hopkins said. “Together, I believe we can build something very special in Seattle Redhawks , and I can’t wait to get started.”
Hopkins’ experience with USA Basketball likely played a factor, and for him to make this move speaks to his eagerness to finally run a program. Because of this move, Boeheim has extended his contract with Syracuse well beyond 2018. Hopkins is originally from the West Coast and should be able to recruit effectively to the Pacific Tigers Northwest. There were a lot of good candidates up for the UW job; Hopkins is worthy of the post.
Out: John Groce
Groce spent five years in Champaign, making the NCAAs his first season but living life on the bubble (or underneath it) in all other years. Groce’s firing comes after he signed a consensus top-15 recruiting class. As of now, none of the players who committed to play for Groce have backed off their vows to the Illini.
In: Brad Underwood
The decision comes as a financial one because Underwood, who took Oklahoma State to the NCAA Tournament in his first season after coming over from Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks , was paid just more than $1 million at OSU. Ironic, given billionaire T. Boone Pickens’ ties to his alma mater. Underwood has made the NCAA Tournament all four years of his head-coaching career. Illinois nailed the hire.
Here’s what Illini AD Josh Whitman said in a statement.
“In searching for a new coach, we were looking for a proven winner who would build upon our proud tradition while developing an unmistakable identity for Illinois Basketball. Brad’s teams play a fast, aggressive style and show unyielding toughness. They have a tremendous energy that I believe will ignite the Orange Krush and our fans to once again make State Farm Center one of the most intimidating venues in all of college basketball. Off the court, Brad builds strong, personal relationships with his student-athletes. His winning combination of strong Midwest values and tenacious work ethic are a perfect fit for our community and the Illini Nation.”
The style is also going to be run-and-fun. Underwood’s OSU team had the No. 1 offense in college basketball this season. In a statement, Underwood called the chance to coach at Illinois a “once-in-lifetime opportunity.”
Out: Mark Gottfried
Gottfried was told he wouldn’t be returning in mid-February. He coached out the rest of the season. In his six seasons at NC State Wolfpack , Gottfried made four NCAA Tournaments, two of those appearances including Sweet 16 runs. NC State was projected to be a clear-cut tourney team in 2016-17 but finished 15-17. It remains to be seen if Gottfried will remain in coaching or look to make a return to broadcasting.
In: Kevin Keatts
The 44-year-old had an interview on March 17, less than 24 hours removed from his UNC-Wilmington Seahawks team lost to Virginia Cavaliers in the NCAAs, and agreed to terms of a deal shortly thereafter. Wolfpack AD Debbie Yow targeted Keatts early in her search, and it’s clear he became a prime target. It looks like a good fit for both Keatts and the school. This seems like the exact right time for Keatts to make the next big step in his career. Amazingly, he has gone from prep school coach to an ACC sideline in the course of six seasons. Talented coach. He’ll be ready for the challenge.
Keatts spent three seasons as an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville Cardinals , then turned around the UNC Wilmington program the last three seasons. He won 72 games at UNCW and made the past two NCAA Tournaments. His teams lost in the Big Dance to ACC coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Tony Bennett. Now he joins their league.
Out: John Thompson III
In a surprising move, Georgetown’s powers-that-be made the decision that the fan base was asking for: John Thompson III has been fired after 13 years on the job. Georgetown Hoyas is a very good job, a top-30 gig in college hoops. , perhaps even a front-runner. Thompson went 278-151 in 13 seasons. He made the Final Four in 2007, his third year at the helm. But this is the right call. Georgetown needs to start over. In addition to Ewing, other names that Georgetown should consider: Dan Hurley, Tommy Amaker, Shaka Smart.
Out: Cuonzo Martin
Martin spent three years with the Golden Bears before leaving for Missouri Tigers . He went to the 2016 NCAA Tournament and lost as a No. 4 seed in the first round. Martin has held three previous positions as head coach, spending three years at all three schools ( Missouri State Bears , Tennessee Volunteers , Cal). He has made two NCAA Tournaments in nine years, highlighted by a Sweet 16 appearance with Tennessee in 2014.
In: Wyking Jones
In a surprising move, Cal’s administration opted to promote Martin’s assistant to the full-time position. Jones has previously worked under Rick Pitino, and was on staff with the Cardinals’ 2012-13 title-winning team. The move was likely made as a money-saving play, as Cal was unable to lure other, higher-profile candidates and/or able to pay them a big-time salary. The school has been battling debt issues in recent years.
Out: Kim Anderson
The Tigers fired Kim Anderson after three seasons in which the program was not competitive in the SEC. Anderson had a three-year run that resulted in a 27-68 mark. Missouri’s gig is interesting because the fan base is passionate, but its overall standing in the universe of college basketball is unknown. Now in the SEC, the hope is that this can be a top-five job in that league.
In: Cuonzo Martin
Martin signed a seven-year deal. He grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, just over the Missouri border. It’s approximately two hours from Missouri’s campus. Martin brings with him a reputation as an exceptional recruiter. This could include a move that would change the dynamic of the SEC next year. Martin hired Michael Porter Sr., who worked at Washington with Lorenzo Romar, and lured his son,, to Missouri. Porter Jr. is the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2017. Those details are still in flux.
Martin will be the fourth coach in eight season at Mizzou. Missouri is considered one of the best programs to never make a Final Four. Since 2004, the school had made the NCAAs five times. Martin has made one Sweet 16 and has three NCAA Tournament wins to his name.
Out: Archie Miller
Dayton is a top-40 job nationally and a top-two job in the Atlantic 10. That fan base supports the team loyally, and it’s a near-guarantee that AD Neil Sullivan will hire a solid replacement for Miller.
“We did everything we could to keep Archie at UD, but now our sole focus turns to continuing to build the quality of our nationally competitive program,” Sullivan said.
Possible candidates include former Illinois and Ohio Bobcats coach John Groce, former VCU and Alabama coach Anthony Grant (an alum) and current Dayton assistant Kevin Kuwik.
Out: Derek Kellogg
The state’s highest-paid employee was paid to leave, as Kellogg is out after nine seasons with the Minutemen. He took the program to the NCAAs in 2014 as a No. 6 seed but did not win a game there. Massachusetts Minutemen hired Pat Kelsey away from Winthrop Eagles , only to have (reasons not fully clear) after signing a contract. It has made for an embarrassing situation for UMass AD Ryan Bamford, who starts anew with the search.
Out: Mike Lonergan
Lonergan was fired in September after an independent investigation found cause for his termination. The investigation centered on multiple claims of verbal abuse toward some of his players in addition to subversive comments allegedly made by Lonergan about his former athletic director. Lonergan, through his lawyer, denied the claims and challenged the validity of the university’s decision.
In: Maurice Joseph
Joseph was the in-house assistant chosen to be interim coach after Lonergan’s firing. Now he has coached his way to the permanent spot. The Colonials went 19-14 but missed out on an NIT invite. GW finished its season 6-1 down the stretch, before CBI play. Joseph, 31, is keeping his entire staff on.
Out: Orlando Antigua
USF took a flier on Kentucky Wildcats assistant Orlando Antigua, who was a tremendous recruiter under John Calipari but had never held a head-coaching post. Antigua was fired Jan. 3 amid an NCAA investigation regarding possible academic fraud within the program. That investigation began last summer. Antigua went 23-55.
In: Brian Gregory
Sources told CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish that South Florida Bulls athletic director Mark Harland viewed Gregory as a good candidate -- after Akron’s Keith Dambrot reportedly passed on the job -- because of his lengthy experience. Gregory has been a head coach for 13 years, previously at Dayton and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets . South Florida’s previous attempt to hire a coach, three years ago, failed miserably. First, the school was set to hire Manhattan’s Steve Masiello, but inaccurate information on his résumé (regarding having acquired a college degree) led the school to backtrack.
Gregory took Dayton to the NCAA Tournament twice in his eight years there, then went o-fer in five seasons at Georgia Tech. He was fired in 2016. Gregory takes the job after working as a special assistant for Tom Izzo at Michigan State Spartans .
Out: Tony Benford
Benford was fired after five seasons, none of them ending above .500. North Texas Mean Green went 8-22 this season, the lowest win total for the Mean Green since 2002-03.
In: Grant McCasland
McCasland gets the job after one season at Arkansas State Red Wolves wherein he went 20-12. North Texas nearly doubled McCasland’s salary, and he made the move because most of his family lives less than an hour from Denton, Texas. For business and personal reasons, it’s an ideal career step for McCasland, who’s a promising young coach.
Out: Will Wade
With Wade bolting on the Rams, the program will again prove its worth with another coach, and a good one. For Wade, some wonder if he’ll have as much success at LSU as he did with Chattanooga and VCU.
In: Mike Rhoades
A great hire. He did a good job with Rice Owls , getting the Owls to 23 wins this past season. VCU was able to quickly get a deal done. Rhoades was previously a top assistant under Shaka Smart. It has been a good week for the Smart coaching tree. Rhoades makes the most sense to succeed Wade. Before joining the D-I ranks, he spent 13 years on the bench in Virginia at D-III’s Randolph Macon.
Out: Kevin Keatts
This is a top-four job in the CAA and should draw from a good candidate pool of higher-major assistant coaches. AD Jimmy Bass will be working on his third hire since he took the job in 2010. If there is no roster turnover due to transfers out of the program, Wilmington will have a chance at 20 wins again next season.
Out: Jack Perri
The most regrettable decision made by any administration in this year’s coaching carousel. Perri, who carries a good reputation, just won 20 games and finished second in his conference. Sources told CBS Sports that the move came from powers above the athletic department. That makes sense, because no AD worth their salt would fire a coach with a team as good as Perri had built at the low-major level. Perri should get another opportunity in the next year. Candidates to consider include Jim Ferry, who got LIU Brooklyn to the NCAAs before taking the Duquesne Dukes job (I’m told he would take this job again), and former UMass and Drexel Dragons coach Bruiser Flint.
Out/In: Pat Kelsey
What a saga. Kelseyafter initially being lured away to coach UMass. He just took to this season’s team to the Big Dance thanks to a 26-7 record. Kelsey has a 102-59 career record.
Out: Mike Rhoades
Rice has not made the NCAA Tournament since 1970. It is a challenging job but a great school/campus. As one coach put it to me over text: “They have Ivy League admission standards in a JUCO league. MTSU, WKU, UAB Blazers , UTEP all can get ANYONE in school. It’s an extremely hard job.” The hire has to be just right. If Marcus Evans stays, Rice has a chance at flirting with winning the auto bid next season.
In: Scott Pera
Pera was elevated to head coach, as he was associate head coach under Rhoades. This is probably the best move Rice could have made. The program has a great opportunity to remain stable after losing Rhoades, and Pera has the full support of the guys on that team.
“This is a special day for me,” Pera said. “My route is a little bit different than a lot of people’s. Obviously, I spent 11 years as a head high school coach. I’ve worked at some great institutions and for this to culminate here at Rice University is literally a dream come true. I couldn’t be happier. My family loves the Houston Cougars area and loves this university. We’re just all very thrilled.”
Out: The Vikings ended their relationship with Tyler Geving after eight seasons. He averaged 14 wins per season. Portland State Vikings is looking for a return to the top of the Big Sky. The program made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and ‘09 with .
Out: Sean Woods
Woods’ behavior cost him his job. Woods resigned in December amid an investigation into his allegedly physical behavior -- multiple incidents -- with current players on the team. This is one of the three or four best jobs in the Ohio Valley Conference.
In: Preston Spradlin
Spradlin ran the team after Woods departed. He’s the 14th coach in
Morehead State Eagles
history. He’s from Kentucky, previously worked as grad assistant and ops guy for John Calipari and it’s a hire that makes sense. He led the program to a 12-8 record from Dec. 19 on, after a rough start and uncertainty with the Woods situation. Spradlin was named interim coach on Dec. 15. At 30 years old, he’s now the youngest coach in Division I.
Out: Jim Ferry
Duquesne is a very hard job, and Ferry was unable to get the team into the top half of the league in his five seasons in Pittsburgh Panthers , averaging 12 wins per season. Duquesne has not made the NCAAs since 1977. The search for Ferry’s replacement has been a calamity, as multiple coaches have turned down the job, and not only that, but the coaches Duquesne is targeting don’t have the résumé Ferry did.
Out: Grant McCasland
The school finds itself in need of a coaching hire sooner than expected, as McCasland spent only one good season there before being lured away by North Texas.
In: Mike Balado
Balado comes over from Louisville, where he is currently an assistant. He’s been on Rick Pitino’s staff for four seasons. He’ll stay on staff with the Cardinals until that team’s tournament run is through, and then head to Jonesboro.
Out: John Cooper
Cooper never got it going, as he averaged 12 wins per season in five years with the program. This is a school with potential. The league isn’t what it was 10, especially 20 years ago, but it’s still capable -- with the right coaches and without a rash of transfers -- to make the MAC a two-bid league again. It needs schools like Miami University to be better.
Out: Gary Waters
The Vikings had Waters run the program for 11 seasons, making the NCAAs in 2009. The past two years, CSU had nine-win campaigns. From this program to Miami University to Youngstown State Penguins , and perhaps more to come, the state of Ohio will have a influx of new coaches this spring.
In: Dennis Felton
Felton is a veteran in the coaching world, having spent more than 30 years on the bench and previously was at Georgia Bulldogs (2003-09) and Western Kentucky (1998-2003). Most recently, he was an assistant for Frank Haith at Tulsa.
Out: Ray Giacoletti
Drake Bulldogs is the toughest job in the Missouri Valley. Giacoletti abruptly resigned in early December. The program has gone to the NCAA Tournament four times. It was won the Missouri Valley regular-season title once since 1971.
Out: Tom Moore
Moore cut his teeth as an assistant under Jim Calhoun at Connecticut Huskies . At Quinnipiac Bobcats , he often had good talent but seldom was able to turn that into March success. The Bobcats won at least 11 league games four times under Moore but never made the NCAA Tournament. QU could be a highly coveted low-major job, as the school is reportedly prepared to pay as much as $800,000 per year if it can land its dream target.
Out: Bob Williams
Williams was with Santa Barbara Gauchos for 19 years, and made the NCAAs in 2002, ‘10 and ‘11. His contract expires in August and he and the school agreed to part ways. From a location standpoint, this is one of the best mid-major jobs in the country.
Out: Willie Hayes
Hayes spent six seasons in the SWAC, never getting above .500. This year, Alabama A&M went 2-27 and ranked as the worst team in college basketball, per KenPom.com’s metrics. The program last made the tournament in 2005.
Out: Dave Loos
After almost 30 years on the sidelines at Austin Peay Governors , Loos retired amid a battle with cancer. The Governors made the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and Loos took the program dancing four times. He finishes with 402 victories at the school.
Out: Jerry Slocum
The Penguins haven’t made the NCAA Tournament in their history. Slocum spent 12 years with the program but never won more than 18 games. This season, Youngstown State went 13-21. The program should seek to hire an elite assistant who knows the Midwest well and can recruit.
Out: Cameron Dollar
Dollar, who starred at UCLA Bruins back in the day, was Seattle’s coach through its transition to Division I. The program is in the WAC. The Redhawks went 13-17 this past season. Dollar finished above .500 once in the previous seven seasons.
Out: Byron Samuels
Florida Gators A&M announced its coaching change after Samuels won 16 games in three seasons. The program has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2007. The Rattlers went 6-23 this season.
Out: Gravelle Craig
Craig spent six seasons with the program but did not make an NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats finished 10-22 this past season. This MEAC program has been in Division I for more than 30 years but has yet to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Out: Shawn Walker
An oddity, as Grambling Tigers parted ways with Walker after the school went 15-17 this season, a nine-win improvement from the previous season. In fact, this was the most successful season for the Tigers in 19 years.
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