Firing Line: 2013 college basketball coaching changes
What coaching jobs are open? Who was fired, and who are the potential candidates? Who has been hired, and did the athletic director make the right move? You've got questions, and we've got answers as we track this year's college basketball coaching carousel.
|Tubby Smith was fired by Minnesota despite a 124-81 record in six seasons. But he was just hired at Texas Tech. (USATSI)|
What coaching jobs are open? Who was let go, and who are the potential candidates? Who has been hired, and did the athletic director make the right move? You've got questions, and we've got answers as we track this year's college basketball coaching carousel. You can also check out the latest Hot Seat Index by conference.
The list will continually be updated as moves occur, so check back often:
Out: Tubby Smith, who has spent the past six seasons with the Gophers, was fired. His tenure ends with a 124-81 overall mark and a 46-62 record in Big Ten play. Smith, 61, won his first NCAA tournament game at the school this year against UCLA, but new athletic director Norwood Teague -- who, along with associate AD Mike Ellis, was responsible for hiring Shaka Smart at his last stop -- decided to go in a different direction and buy out the remaining years of Smith's contract.
In: Richard Pitino - Rick's son was at FIU for just one season, but led Isiah's old program to an 18-win campaign and lost in the league championship contest. He was an assistant under his dad at Louisville and also with Billy Donovan at Florida.
Out: Steve Alford -- Alford replaces Ben Howland at UCLA, who was fired after 10 seasons in Westwood. Alford, 48, starred at Indiana for Bob Knight and made coaching stops at Southwest Missouri State and Iowa before going to New Mexico. He led the Lobos to three NCAA tournament appearances in the last six seasons. New Mexico lost to Harvard this year in the NCAA tourney after winning the Mountain West regular-season and tourney titles. Alford's career mark is 463-235, and he's 5-7 in the NCAA tournament.
In: Craig Neal -- The Lobos quickly promoted Neal, an assistant coach. Neal, 49, played at Georgia Tech and was with Alford at both Iowa and for the past six seasons with the Lobos.
Out: Bill Carmody will not return to Northwestern for a 14th season as the men's basketball coach, the school announced. The Wildcats lost their final nine games this season and finished 13-19. More important, they never made the Field of 68 (or 65 or 64) under Carmody, which is typically considered the pass-fail mark for power-conference coaches. The New Jersey native came close a few times, made the NIT from 2009 to 2012, and is generally respected within the sport. But change sometimes must come for the sake of change and to give hope to fans who no longer have it or, perhaps, have never had it. So, development is rooted in that.
In: Chris Collins -- The Duke assistant is a former Illinois Mr. Basketball and McDonald's All-American out of Glenbrook North High. He played at Duke in the mid-1990s and has been on Mike Krzyzewski's staff since 2000. He was also an assistant under Tommy Amaker at Seton Hall for two seasons. Collins' father, Doug, is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Out: Mike Rice -- After a video showing Rice throwing basketballs at players and using homophobic slurs in practice, he was fired. Rice was 44-51 in three seasons at Rutgers, including 16-38 in the Big East, after going 73-31 in three seasons at Robert Morris. The Scarlet Knights went 15-16 this season and 5-13 in the Big East.
In: Eddie Jordan -- Jordan, most recently an LA Lakers assistant but also former head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards, will be the 18th coach in Rutgers history. He's an alumnus who was an assistant coach at Rutgers in 1991, its most recent NCAA tournament appearance.
Out: Billy Gillispie -- Flamed out at Kentucky, then took time off before landing the job in Lubbock. Was 8-23 in his lone season and won just a single league contest. Was fired right before the start of the season for poor treatment of people and also violating rules. Chris Walker served as interim head coach, guiding the Red Raiders to an 11-20 record.
In: Tubby Smith -- After being fired by Minnesota, Smith landed on his feet in Lubbock. This is an interesting fit, as the Red Raiders need a grinder who hustles on the recruiting trail. With that said, Smith is a national name who is a proven winner at different jobs.
Out: Ben Howland -- He made three consecutive Final Four appearances, but his 10-year tenure had run its course in Westwood. Howland leaves with a 233-107 overall mark, but the program had struggled over the last few years and the Bruins were knocked out in the Round of 64 by Minnesota.
In: Steve Alford -- He leaves New Mexico, taking a seven-year deal worth $2.6 million annually. Alford has been at Southwest Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico. The former Indiana star has been to the Sweet 16 just once in his coaching career.
Out: Kevin O'Neill -- K.O. was fired by Pat Haden in mid-January after three-and-a-half years at the helm. The Trojans were 7-10 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play, but it wasn't enough to save his job. O'Neill was 45-61 in his tenure in Los Angeles.
In: Andy Enfield -- The darling of the NCAA tournament, Enfield comes to Southern California after transforming Florida Gulf Coast in only two seasons. His brand of up-tempo, high-flying basketball became must-watch basketball, and the Trojans are hoping he brings that style to the West Coast. He has NBA experience and has also recruited plenty of talented players, including California native Michael Snaer, to Florida State. Enfield has to hit the ground running in Los Angeles.
Out:Jeff Jones -- Took the Eagles to a pair of NCAA tournaments in his 13 years at the helm, but left for Old Dominion. Finished his tenure with a 212-182 mark at American.
In: Mike Brennan - He's been with John Thompson at Georgetown for the past four years and was an assistant at American for two years prior. He also spent time with JT3 at Princeton.
Out: Billy Taylor -- Was 84-99 in six seasons at the school and 44-52 in MAC play. The Cardinals were 15-15 and 8-8 in the league this past season. Athletic director Bill Scholl called it a "difficult decision" and said a search would begin immediately. Taylor was hired in 2007 to clean up a program coming off of a school-record 22-loss season.
In: James Whitford -- Whitford has been with Arizona since 2009 as an associate head coach. The 41-year-old Wisconsin grad had previously served as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) and Xavier.
Out: Reggie Witherspoon -- Had been at the helm for 14 seasons and compiled a 198-228 overall mark. The Bulls were 14-20 this past season, though, and lost in the MAC quarterfinals. Witherspoon enjoyed seven winning seasons. He also led the Bulls to four postseason berths: the NIT in 2005 and College Basketball Invitational in 2009, 2011 and 2012.
In: Bobby Hurley -- The former Duke star has been working with his brother, Dan, at Wagner and this past season at Rhode Island.
Out: Bob Burton -- Was fired after 10 seasons and a 155-122 mark, but much of the reason was due to off-court issues. Led the Titans to the NCAA tournament in 2008.
In: Dedrique Taylor -- Had been Herb Sendek's assistant since 2006 and is a California native who graduated from UC Davis.
Out: Bobby Braswell -- Was let go after 17 seasons and a 251-258 overall record. Braswell went to the NCAA tournament twice, but the Matadors have struggled of late -- both on and off the court. Northridge finished 14-17 this season and 5-13 in the Big West. A year ago, the program wasn't eligible for the postseason due to poor academic scores.
In: Reggie Theus -- The longtime NBA veteran and former head coach of the Sacramento Kings is back in college basketball. Theus was the head coach at New Mexico State for two seasons in 2006 and 2007, leading the Aggies to one NCAA tournament appearance. In October, he was named the head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBDL. It's no secret that Theus had been looking to get a college job, as his name was mentioned for the DePaul and UNLV jobs, among others.
Out: Robbie Laing -- Was 101-165 in nine seasons in Buies Creek. The Camels were 13-20 this season and 7-9 in Big South play. Athletic director Bob Roller said Laing "helped transform Campbell basketball" into a competitive program. Laing's best season was in 2009-10, when the Camels went 19-11 and shared the Atlantic Sun regular-season championship.
In: Kevin McGeehan - Has been with Chris Mooney as an assistant at Richmond for the past eight seasons and was also with him for one year at Air Force.
Out: John Shulman -- Spent nine seasons at the helm and finished with a 145-146 overall mark. The Mocs were 13-19 this season and hadn't had a winning record since 2009, when they went to the NCAA tournament.
In: Will Wade -- Wade was on Shaka Smart's VCU staff the past four seasons. Wade helped the Rams make four straight postseason appearances, including three consecutive NCAA tournament trips and the 2011 Final Four.
Out: Mark Phelps -- Won more games than any other coach in Drake history over his first five seasons, but he followed Keno Davis -- who went to the NCAA tournament in his only season. Phelps was 77-86 overall and was 15-17 and 7-11 in the Missouri Valley this year.
In: Ray Giacoletti -- The Gonzaga assistant and former Utah and Eastern Washington head man gets another shot. He had been with Mark Few since 2007 and led the Utes to the Sweet 16 back in 2005.
Out: Greg "Shoes" Vetrone -- Took over as interim coach in 2009-10, won 11 games, but won just 15 overall over the past three seasons after having the interim tag removed. The program was just 7-24 this season and 2-16 in NEC play.
In: Greg Herenda - Won nearly 100 games in five seasons at UMass-Lowell, which is set to make the jump to the D-I ranks next season. He went to the NCAA Division II tourney each of his first four seasons.
Out: Andy Enfield -- Bolted for the big bucks and the west coast out at USC after two seasons in Fort Myers. Enfield and his team captured the nation's attention in the NCAA tourney when they became the first-ever No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 following wins over Georgetown and San Diego State.
In: Joe Dooley -- Was the head coach at East Carolina for four seasons, but has been known for his stont over the last decade with Bill Self at Kansas. Dooley gets another chance with a program that caught the nation's attention in March.
Out: Richard Pitino -- After just one season, Rick's son headed to the Big Ten and Minnesota. The younger Pitino orchestrated a major turnaround, though, with 18 victories and also a berth in the Sun Belt championship game.
In: Anthony Evans -- The Norfolk State coach averaged 17 wins and made one NCAA tournament (in 2012, when the No. 15 seeded Spartans beat No. 2 seeded Missouri) in his six years with NSU. Evans' team was undefeated in the MEAC this season, but fell in the conference tournament and then lost in the first round of the NIT to Virginia.
Out: Jeff Jackson -- The program was 85-131 in his seven-year tenure. The Paladins were 7-24 this past season and 3-15 in Southern Conference play. Furman won 22 games in 2011 and earned a berth in the CollegeInsider.com tournament but regressed since and fell back towards the bottom of the league.
In: Niko Medved -- Has been on the staff at Colorado State for the past six years as the program has thrived, and spent three seasons as an assistant at Furman.
Out: Charlton Young -- An alum of the school, Young was just 43-84 in four seasons and 14-19 this past season and 7-11 in Southern Conference play. He was one of the youngest head coaches in the nation when he took over the program in 2009 at age 37 and had served as an assistant coach at various schools, including Georgia Tech and Auburn.
In: Mark Byington -- Spent nine seasons at College of Charleston, including a half-dozen under Bobby Cremins. Was with James Johnson this past season at Virginia Tech.
Out: Russ Pennell -- Was fired despite going to the NCAA Division II tournament. Pennell, who was the interim coach at Arizona when the Wildcats went to the Sweet 16 in 2009, won 23 games this past season and left with a career mark of 72-42.
In: Dan Majerle -- The former NBA All-Star and ex-NBA assistant takes over a difficult situation with the school heading to the Division 1 ranks and the WAC. Former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo aided with the coaching search and that's the tie to Majerle.
Out: Mo Cassara -- Was fired after just three seasons. Took over under difficult circumstances following the quick dismissal of Tim Welsh and won 21 games overall and 14 in the CAA in his first season. There have been many disappointments recently, though, both on and off the court, and the Pride were just 7-25 this year.
In: Joe Mihalich -- The all-time MAAC wins leader, Mihalich had been at Niagara for 15 seasons. The Purple Eagles went to two NCAA tournaments under Mihalich, going 265-203 under his tutelage. He's a native of Washington, DC, who coached at legendary DeMatha Catholic High School and La Salle prior to making the move to Niagara.
Out: Tevester Anderson -- Retired after a decade at the helm and a 149-170 record. Went to the NCAA tourney in 2007 after winning the SWAC title, but the Tigers were just 11-18 this season and 9-9 in league play.
In: Wayne Brent -- He was on Rod Barnes' staff for six seasons at Ole Miss and has been successful in the high school ranks of late. He won four state titles at Calloway High and also won one at Provine in 1998.
Out: Scott Sanderson - Gone after 14 seasons at the school. Wimp Sanderson's son was 222-201 at the school and transitioned the program from NAIA into D-1 back in 2001-02. Lipscomb was 12-18 last season, but did sweep two contests against Florida Gulf Coast.
IN: Casey Alexander -- The former Belmont player and longtime Rick Byrd assistant has been the head coach at Stetson the past two seasons. He led the Hatters to a third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun this past season with an 11-7 league mark.
Out: Mike Gillian -- Took the Lancers into the Division I ranks and had been with the program for a decade. Gillian finished with a 93-214 overall mark and Longwood was 8-25 overall and 4-12 in the Big South this past season. "Mike has played an important role in the history of Longwood athletics," athletic director Troy Austin said in a statement. "I want to thank him for his service to the university, the effort he invested in the men's basketball program and his active involvement with community initiatives. I wish the best to Mike and his family in their future endeavors."
In: Jayson Gee -- Gee moves from the associate head coach spot at Cleveland State, where he spent the last seven seasons. He's done a good job on the recruiting trail, and also attended the Villa 7 program last year. Gee has also spent time at Ohio, Youngstown State and St. Bonaventure.
Out: Jimmy Patsos -- Left the Greyhounds to take the head coaching job at Siena. Patsos spent the last nine years as the head coach, leading Loyola to an NCAA tournament last season and a CIT appearance this year. Loyola is leaving the MAAC for the Patriot after this season.
In: G.G. Smith -- Smith has been an assistant with the Greyhounds for six seasons. Smith is the son of Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith and played for two seasons under his father at Georgia in the late '90s. Before arriving at Loyola, Smith was an assistant at Johns Hopkins, Armstrong Atlantic State and Tennessee Tech.
Out: Chuck Martin -- He went just 10-21 this season as the Red Foxes finished eighth in the MAAC with a 6-12 record. In five seasons, Martin went 41-118, finishing in last place three times and eighth place the past two years. Martin was hired in the spring of 2008 after spending time as an assistant coach at Memphis, St. John's, Drexel, Massachusetts and Manhattan.
In: Jeff Bower -- Was an assistant at the school from 1986 to 1995 under Dave Magarity, where he coached former NBA big man Rik Smits, and was also an assistant at Penn State for three seasons. He held several positions within the Hornets organization from 1995 to 2010 and was the head coach in 2009-10. Bower was fired in July 2010.
Out: Joe Mihalich -- After 15 years and 265 victories, Mihalich left for Hofstra. He took the Purple Eagles to a pair of NCAA tournaments in his tenure, and had a winning record in 12 of his 15 seasons.
In: Chris Casey -- The former St. John's assistant has won more than 60 games in his three seasons at LIU Post. Casey is considered a quality X's and O's guy like Mihalich, and also is a proven recruiter having brought guys like D.J. Kennedy and Paris Horne to St. John's.
Out: Anthony Evans -- The Spartans' head coach accepted the job at Florida International.
Interim: Robert Jones -- Evans will be replaced at NSU by Jones as the interim coach for next season.
Out: Blaine Taylor -- If it doesn't seem all that long ago that Taylor had the Monarchs rolling, it's because that was the case. ODU went to the NCAA tourney in 2010 and 2011 and won 22 games last season, but it was off-court issues along with a dismal record (he was 2-20 when he was let go) that ultimately determined his dismissal.
In: Jeff Jones -- Jones had a 212-182 record during 13 seasons at American, going to NCAA tournaments as the Patriot League champ in 2008-09. The Eagles were 10-20 this past season but won 42 games the previous two seasons. Jones was also the coach at Virginia from 1990-98.
Out: Bob Thomason -- Announced he was retiring before the start of the season after 25 years at the helm. Went out in style with his fifth NCAA tournament appearance and also his 10th 20-win season. The 63-year-old Thomason has won more than 400 games at the school.
In: Ron Verlin -- Had been Thomason's right-hand man and will take over for his former boss.
Out: Dave Bike -- Led the program for the past 35 years, including through a transition from the Division II to the D-1 ranks. Retired with a 529-499 career mark and a D-2 national title in 1986.
In: Anthony Latina -- Has been on Bike's staff for the past eight years and it was understood he would take over the program when Bike decided to call it a career. Latina was also an assistant at UMass Lowell and Central Connecticut State.
Out: George Nessman -- Was fired after a 9-20 season, the second consecutive campaign with just nine wins. Compiled a 86-161 record in his tenure with the Spartans. Athletic director Gene Bleymaier announced the move a day after San Jose State's season ended with a 67-49 loss to UTSA in the WAC tournament in Las Vegas. San Jose State is looking to upgrade the program before its move to the more strenuous Mountain West Conference next season.
In: Dave Wojcik -- Has helped elevate Boise State in the last three seasons with Leon Rice. Wojcik previously worked as an assistant at Wake Forest and also Tulsa.
Out: Saint Louis is looking for a new coach after the death of Rick Majerus, who took a leave of absence in August and died of heart failure Dec. 1. Majerus was 64 years old and racked up more than 500 wins in his career, which included a national title game appearance with Utah in 1998.
In: Jim Crews -- He inherited a nice group, but he did a terrific job this season under difficult circumstances. The former Evansville and Army head man had the Billikens atop a difficult A-10.
Out: Mitch Buonaguro -- Took the reigns three years ago when Fran McCaffery left for Iowa and just didn't get it done with the Saints. Won a total of 35 games, and expectations are high at Siena. The team was just 8-24 this past season, and the administration decided to make a move.
In: Jimmy Patsos -- Patsos spent the last nine years as the head coach at Loyola (Md.) but gets a chance to stay in the MAAC with the Greyhounds going to the Patriot League. He led them to an NCAA tournament last season, and also went to the CIT this year. Before that, Patsos was an assistant under Gary Williams for 13 seasons at Maryland.
Out: Ronnie Arrow -- The 65-year-old stepped down abruptly with the team 5-5 on Dec. 19. This was his second stint at South Alabama, and he was 97-68 this time around.
In: Matthew Graves -- Has been on the staff with Brad Stevens for Butler's improbable run, one that included a pair of national championship contest appearances. Graves played for the Bulldogs in the mid-1990s and has been critical in the program's recent success.
Out: Tim Carter -- Was forced out in early February, when the Bulldogs were 4-16 overall and 0-8 in the MEAC. He was in his sixth season and finished his tenure with a 67-108 mark and on the losing end of 24 consecutive league games.
In: Murray Garvin -- It's still unclear whether he's the permanent guy or was just a one-year replacement. Garvin was the associate head coach and replaced Carter in February. He was previously an assistant at Winston Salem State, Charleston Southern and was also the head coach at athletic director at Clinton Junior College from 2001 to 2005.
Out: Danny Kaspar -- Considered one of the better coaches in the low-major ranks, Kaspar left for Texas State -- and a chance to coach in the Sun Belt. Kaspar is 465-192 in his career, including the past 13 seasons with the Lumberjacks.
In: Brad Underwood - Has been with Frank Martin at South Carolina and Kansas State. Underwood was also a junior college head coach at Dodge City and Daytona Beach.
Out: Casey Alexander -- Alexander left for Lipscomb after leading the Hatters to a third-place finish in the Atlantic Sun this past season with an 11-7 league mark.
Out: Ryan Marks -- UT-Pan American has parted ways with Ryan Marks. Marks led the program to 16 victories this season, and his team also had a GPA of more than 3.0. Marks took over the program three years ago and won just six games his first two seasons, but the program made significant progress this year, going 16-16 and 5-3 in Great West play -- second in the league. It was just the fourth time in the past 22 years that the program has finished at the .500 mark. However, the athletic director did not hire Marks and has opted to go in a different direction as the program heads into the WAC next season.
In: Dan Hipsher - Alabama assistant was a head coach at Akron and Stetson.
Out: Doug Davalos -- Had a 92-107 mark in seven seasons with the Bobcats, but the program has won a total of 25 games over the past two seasons -- and didn't get into the conference tourney in 2012. He was fired in March.
In: Danny Kaspar -- Kaspar has been the head coach at Stephen F. Austin for the past 13 seasons, helping guide the Lumberjacks to an NCAA tournament appearance and at least 20 wins in five of the past six seasons.
Out: Don Maestri -- Had been at the school for 31 years but struggled of late and was just 29-59 in the past three seasons. The Trojans were 12-21 this past season and 6-14 in the Sun Belt, which put them in last place in the East Division.
In: Phil Cunningham -- Spent this past season at Western Kentucky and was with Rick Stansbury for a dozen years. Recruited the likes of Jarvis Varnado, Jamont Gordon, Arnett Moultrie and Monta Ellis (he wound up going to the NBA out of high school).
Out: Greg Herenda -- Left the River Hawks after five seasons and a 95-54 mark to take the job at Fairleigh Dickinson. Herenda bolted just prior to the program going from the Division II to the America East.
In: Pat Duquette -- Duquette has been the associate head coach at Northeastern for the past three seasons after spending 13 years at Boston College and knows the area well.
Out: Matt Brown -- The Kangaroos lost at least 20 games in four of his six seasons at the helm. The former John Beilein assistant led the team to an 8-24 season and a 5-11 mark in Summit League play.
In: Kareem Richardson -- The Kangaroos hired the Louisville assistant on March 19. Richardson spent time at UMKC as an assistant during the 2007-08 season and has been an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville since last April. He also was an assistant coach at Drake, Xavier, Evansville, Wright State and Indiana State.
Out: Eddie Biedenbach -- Stepped down after 17 seasons to take an assistant coaching job at UNC Wilmington. Made three NCAA tournaments and led the Bulldogs to 13 top-four finishes during his time at Asheville.
In: Nick McDevitt - Played at the school and has been on the staff for the past 12 years, including the last two as the associte head coach.
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