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Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:02 am

Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Who is your Coach of the Year right now?

-- Mitchell

A few months ago I wrote that Northwestern's Bill Carmody was the leader, which should serve as a reminder that trying to predict these things this early (and, yes, it's still kind of early for COY) is mostly wasted time. I'll explain my thinking as it relates to the Coach of the Year award in an upcoming column, I promise. But for now, I'll limit my thoughts and just show the list of 30 candidates I submitted this morning for the Naismith Coach of the Year award.

Here you go ...

(Names are in alphabetical order)
  1. Steve Alford (New Mexico)
  2. Mike Anderson (Missouri)
  3. Tony Barbee (UTEP)
  4. Jim Boeheim (Syracuse)
  5. John Calipari (Kentucky)
  6. Mike Davis (UAB)
  7. Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh)
  8. Scott Drew (Baylor)
  9. Steve Donahue (Cornell)
  10. Fran Dunphy (Temple)
  11. Cliff Ellis (Coastal Carolina)
  12. Ben Jacobson (Northern Iowa)
  13. Billy Kennedy (Murray State)
  14. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke)
  15. Chris Mack (Xavier)
  16. Bob Marlin (Sam Houston State)
  17. Frank Martin (Kansas State)
  18. Thad Matta (Ohio State)
  19. Chris Mooney (Richmond)
  20. Kevin O'Neill (Southern California)
  21. Matt Painter (Purdue)
  22. Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook)
  23. Dave Rose (BYU)
  24. Bo Ryan (Wisconsin)
  25. Bill Self (Kansas)
  26. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt)
  27. Brad Stevens (Butler)
  28. Mark Turgeon (Texas A&M)
  29. Buzz Williams (Marquette)
  30. Gary Williams (Maryland)
Category: NCAAB

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2010 8:04 am

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Since it's early still for this year's honor, we'll really get early with next year's list with a provision that the team show as much improvement during the 2010-11 season as it did in the 2009-2010 season. We'll toss out Gregg Marshall's name for somewhere on that list because your No. 28 on the current list left Wichita State in a state of disarray when he took the Texas A&M job, and Marshall moved from Winthrop to WSU. Marshall took guys who were content to basically show up and see what happens and he instilled a sense of intensity in their play. At times this year, the Shockers have left that intensity in the lockerroom, and may do so in the conference tournament or in the NIT (or if they pull the upset and take the conference tournament, the NCAA), but I would expect by mid-December next season, they will understand how to carry intensity on defense for all 40 minutes of each game.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2010 12:01 am

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

I would give Martin the slight edge over Boeheim.. But I will say this.. There is no coach in this country that would have Wisconsin where they are right now except Bo Ryan! Bohannon's a great shooter.. Hughes is a decent floor leader and Leuer when healthy is a D1 worthy player.. but the rest of the team could be confused with most D3 schools. Bo knows coaching.

Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 10:01 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Are you nuts? Cuse has won 28 games, beat every team on the road (only team in the country to do so) and won the BIG East outright tonight. And have an 8-0 record versus ranked teams.

Martin is a good coach, but not the same class as Jimmy B. Sorry bud.

Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 9:58 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Gary, there should be no question that Jimmy Boeheim is now leader for Coach of the Year. 28-2 won Big East outright tonight. They were not ranked in the beginning of the year and were pre-season 6th pick in Big East.

To do this in the best basketball conference in the nation, come on...nuf said. Not to take away from the other coaches that are having great seasons, but to be the Big East regular season champ and the #1 team in the country, Jimmy B's time is now. Way overdue!!!

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2010 6:11 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

@ slippy - Self is like Calipari? Because Sherron returned for his Senior year and Cole for his Junior? Self is nothing like Calipari's one-and-done mentality. Both are successful because they recruit the right players for their system. But both coaches are totally different. I think you just don't know shit about Self, which is why you said "See Calipari above".

@ MKT9030

Kansas State Non-Con
Xavier - NCAA
Mississippi - Bubble Team
Dayton - Bubble Team
Alabama - NIT?

Syracuse Non-Con
California - NCAA by default (probably Pac-10 champion, but that's not very special this year)
Florida - Bubble Team
Memphis - Long shot Bubble Team
North Carolina - CBI

I'm going to say KSU had a tougher non-con, but not a tougher schedule overall. The top of the Big East is very tough.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:22 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

By the way, Kansas State's non-conference schedule is much weaker than Syracuse's. Mississippi, Alabama, Xavier, and Dayton. Nothing against KSU, but if your argument is non-conf scheduling, think about a different argument.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:18 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Not even a Syracuse fan, but cupcake schedule is a joke. They played Cal (probable Pac 10 champion), UNC (who knew they would be so bad - clearly not a scheduling issue though), Memphis, Florida, and then add on the Big East which has about half of the top 25 in it. No cupcakes there. Yes many were at home, but if you can get UNC, Memphis, and Florida to come to your place then your AD is pretty awesome and you are a coach that should be respected.

I see that schedule and see a lot of tough games.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 3:08 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Mike Anderson - Missouri.    They were picked to finish 7th in the Big 12.   They lost their top 3 scorers from last year, and he has this team headed to the NCAA tourney again.    Remember, before last year, Mizzou had missed the NCAA tourney for the last 7 years.  

Jamie Dixon @ Pitt has to get strong consideration.   I'm still not a believer in their team, but they'll be back in the tourney this year.

Frank Martin from K-State.    Everyone thought that after Huggy-Bear jetted to West Virginia, K-state would fall back into mediocrity.   However, Martin has recruited and won beyond everyones expectations.   They're an elite 8 team.

Please don't put Boeheim, Calipari, Self, or coach K on this list.     Actually, if you do:

Calipari - Salesmen of the year (Come play one year for me, I'll make you a lottery pick)

Self - see Calipari above.

Coach K-  Another Duke team that'll get bounced/UPSET as they always say, in the 2nd round.    Duke isn't very good.    Crazy to believe that they'll be a #1 see come NCAA tourney time.

Boeheim - Cupcake schedule city!    Please play someone before you get nominated as coach of the year.    The man continues to not schedule an away game until February.

My vote would have to go to Martin.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2010 3:05 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year) I KNOW





Since: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:56 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Totally agree!  Boeheim has done the best job of making the most out of the team he recruited (unlike Cal at UK who inherited the players).  Boeheim is COY in my book.

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