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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: Mar 2, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:20 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Billy Kennedy, hands down.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:02 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Every team in the Big East and ACC gets top talent (some more than others).

What Alford has done at New Mexico is far more impressive and done with far less in talent.  That said, he needs to make the Final Four to get COY. 

Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2010 11:15 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Maryland has not top 10 recruits?  Impressive.  Syracuse has not top 70 recruits, and 4 of the 5 starters were not top ONE HUNDRED.  How's that compare to Maryland?  Boeheim COY by a mile!

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2010 9:25 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

If Maryland wins ACC, there should be little to no argument that Gary Williams is in Top 3 along with Steve Alford and Jim Boeheim.  Maryland has NO top 10 recruits and still wins in the ACC, and that's a nod to the coaching Gary Williams has done.  Case in point, Grevis Vasquez is much more polished this year, less selfish, and knows when his time to take over is.  Second, freshman Jordan Williams who was not even highly recruited out of Connecticut and is a monster down low.  I'm NOT saying that he is THE choice, but my humble opinion puts him ahead of people like Bill Self and John Calipari who get the top guys every year.  If they win the ACC, Gary Williams has a STRONG case for National Coach of the Year.

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2010 4:00 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

I think the front-runners have to be Calipari, Dixon, Boeheim, who all have drastically different's teams from the previous year and have excelled.

If you are using that logic for who wins the Coach of the year, Self should be on your list as well. He has a National Championship contender 2 years removed from his team that won it all in 08. and has 1 key player left from that 08 team.

With that said, Jamie Dixon gets my vote. He can flat out coach with the best of them.

Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:56 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

It should be Boeheim.  Let's see.  Preseason SU was not in two of the three (counting Gary's) top 25, and were picked 6th in the BE.  As far as talent goes, of the seven guys who play a lot of time, NONE were McD's AAs.  In fact 4 of the seven were ranked outside the top 100 (Rautins and Johnson weren't even top 200) and the other 3 were generally ranked around 70-90.  Not exactly loaded, compared to UK with their 4 top 25 starters.  Even Pitt has a McDs AA.  Cuse has no one who was close.  If it's not coaching, must be some kind of voodoo.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:47 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Alphabetical order andtinez. States it right above the list.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:31 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

Agree on Frank Martin, why is he so low?  KState wasn't on anyone's radar coming into the season and now they're a strong #2 seed and maybe #1 seed.  He's gotten those kids to play very very hard. 

I think Jamie Dixon is the COY though.  You look at that roster and just scratch your head.  The whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts w/ Dixon coaching.

Why is Mike Anderson so high?  Missouri is basically doing what I thought they would.  If they were knocking off top tier teams like Pitt is doing, I'd get it, but they're not. 

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:29 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

I think another point in favor of Martin over Dixon, Calipari and Boeheim is that coaching Kansas State into the top 10 would seem to be much more formidible than taking Kentucky, Syracuse or Pitt into the top 10.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2010 3:17 pm

Dear Gary (on National Coach of the Year)

I think Frank Martin at KSU is as worthy of the award as anyone else. What he has accomplished this year merits strong consideration for Coach of the Year. KSU started unranked and picked to finish in the middle of the Big 12. Being 2nd behind Kansas in a conference as strong as the Big 12 is a very good accomplishment. He doesn't get the publicity a lot of the other coaches do, but he deserves more. Especially considering few or no future NBA players on his roster.

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