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Can we get to 50 new head coaches?

Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:01 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 9:08 am

The college basketball season ended 24 days ago.

Still, there are four Division I openings.
  • Chicago State
  • Columbia
  • Rutgers
  • Mt. Saint Mary's
For those keeping track, we're guaranteed to have at least 49 head coaches in new jobs next season, and that number will grow to 50 if Rutgers hires Mike Rice, because that would cause Robert Morris to have to hire a new coach, too. For the purposes of comparison, consider that only 28 Division I schools hired new coaches last year, only 43 in 2008. So, yes, this number is high. But it's not the highest in recent years. That honors goes to the 2007 coaching carousel that saw 60 schools hire new coaches, mostly because of massive domino effects.

The biggest started with Minnesota's decision to fire Dan Monson.

That led to Minnesota hiring Kentucky's Tubby Smith.

Which led to Kentucky hiring Texas A&M's Billy Gillispie.

Which led to Texas A&M hiring Wichita State's Mark Turgeon.

Which led to Wichita State hiring Winthrop's Greg Marshall.

Which led to Winthrop hiring assistant Randy Peele.

In other words, Minnesota's decision to fire Monson played a role in five different schools having to hire new coaches, and that's how you get to 60 schools needing new coaches in one offseason. We've had nothing like that this year. The biggest is Oregon firing Ernie Kent, which led to Oregon hiring Creighton's Dana Altman, which led to Creighton hiring Iowa State's Greg McDermott, which led to Iowa State hiring Fred Hoiberg from the Timberwolves organization. Or DePaul firing Jerry Wainwright, which led to DePaul hiring Clemson's Oliver Purnell, which led to Clemson hiring Wright State's Brad Brownell, which led to Wright State hiring assistant Billy Donlon.

So we've had two three-school combinations but no five-school combinations.

Rest assured, I like it better this way.
Category: NCAAB

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2010 1:53 pm

Can we get to 50 new head coaches?

Don't you mean NEARLY every major conference saw a coaching change?  Last I knew, the Big Ten is a major conference (much to the contrary in many non-Big Ten fans minds) and there were not any coaching changes announced. I guess you didn't read or pay attention to my post where I listed Iowa from the Big 10.  Last I knew, Iowa was in the Big 10 (much to the contrary in many Big 10 fans minds) and did change coaches this season.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2010 2:28 am

Can we get to 50 new head coaches?

I am not sure, but since 1999  Wisconsin has had 3 coaches, Indiana 4, Iowa 4, Michigan 3 Minnesota 3 and I believe every Big Ten school except MSU and Northwestern have changed coaches at least once.  Additionally, UNC has had 3 coaches, Kentucky 3, Arizona 3 or 4 depending on how you count interims.  That is many of the biggest names, but it continues with Arkansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State each having 3, all are also huge programs.  Certainly Duke, Syracuse, Connecticut, Texas, Michigan State and Florida have not had a change, but I bet there are at least 90 coaching changes in those conferences since 1999 and few others without a change, so I am thinking this is more normal and this time, none of the biggest names like UCLA, Arizona, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, Ohio State. Michigan, UNLV, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Georgetown and Villanova all kept their coaches.  That means every school that has won a National Championship or been to multiple Final Fours since 1985 has retained their coach.  I am guessing that is pretty rare.  Of all of the powers you named, only St. Johns has even been to a Final Four since 1985.

One thing I have noticed the last 5 or 6 years is some coaches have voluntarily left some programs and gone to lesser schools or retired rather than wait to get fired.   Additionally, some jobs have really fallen, like Iowa, Oregon, St. Johns and DePaul, these used to be schools that were considered great jobs or in the case of Oregon, a job that would pay anything, yet these schools are struggling to find name coaches.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2010 1:44 am

Can we get to 50 new head coaches?

hey Red,
Don't you mean NEARLY every major conference saw a coaching change?  Last I knew, the Big Ten is a major conference (much to the contrary in many non-Big Ten fans minds) and there were not any coaching changes announced.  When a conference gets 3 teams to the sweet sixteen, you would think that would merit some consideration on occasion...

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2010 11:07 am

Can we get to 50 new head coaches?

Are we surprised that major conferences are going through changes?  Everyone thinks that they can contend.  I mean, come anyone going to just come into Wake and put together a Final Four run this year or next?  If they do, it's probably some of Dino's doing.  He kept that program going and rolling (although they disappointed, they had a foundation).  I can't remember Clemson having the kind of hype that they had with their recent firepowers.  Wasn't Oliver Purcell responsible for trips to the NCAA and good recruiting?  And Al Skinner...the guy is leading your program in wins, produced NBA players, and some elite teams (just not in the past 3 years). 

Why does everyone think that when there are 2 or 3 years that are not as competitive or live up to these ridiculous standards, you just throw away what and who was built up?  Everyone thinks that their program is number 1.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:09 am

Can we get to 50 new head coaches?

For some reason this year it seems like more Power Conference (i.e. "Big Six") schools are hiring new coaches...  Look at the numbers:

ACC: 3 (BC, Clemson, Wake)
Big East: 4 (DePaul, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Johns)
Big 12: 2 (Colorado, Iowa State)Big 10: 1 (Iowa)
PAC 10: 1 (Oregon)
SEC: 1 (Auburn)

That is a pretty exhausting list. When is the last season every major conference saw a coaching change?  I don't know the answer.  But even if there have not been as many coaching changes as in previous years, the magnitude of the changes this year just seems bigger.  I feel like with the tournament expansion and all these new coaches in high profile jobs, we are in for an exciting season of basketball next year!

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