April 18th, 2014 01:15 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Final Fours, NCAA, SEC, Upside Strong
With the Tennessee and Missouri jobs now open, you can expect to see many of the same names on the Vols’ and Tigers’ lists of coaching candidates. From our list above, expect Howland to push for both UT and MU, though there’s a reason he’s been passed over by Cal, Marquette, Boston College, Wake Forest, Tulsa, and everyone else he’s contacted this year. (The reason is likely this.) On the other side of the coin, Marshall and Smart aren’t likely to being going anywhere at all this offseason (but never say never).
That means Mike Alden and Dave Hart will be probably end up chasing those other guys. Aware of that fact, Cronin, Mack, Miles, Miller and Pitino will be able to drive up their salary demands accordingly. Two jobs in the same league open? It’s called “leverage” and coaching candidates will have it.
But which school has the better basketball program? Which school is the bigger draw?
Below we present you with our ranking of all 14 SEC jobs as if they were open right now. We based our selections on facility size (fan support), stability (recent coaching turnover), and overall tradition (titles and tourneys). We’re not just throwing out names from the top of our heads here.
Coaches would kill for…
All-time: 53 NCAA tourneys, 16 Final Fours, 8 national titles
Last 15 years: 6 Conference titles, 3 head coaches
Arena capacity: 23,000
UK is clearly the top job in the SEC and it’s in a group of just four or five schools that could make a legitimate claim to being the best gig in the country. We believe it probably is tops in America, but schools like North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Indiana are all terrific.
All-time: 17 NCAA tourneys, 5 Final Fours, 2 national titles
Last 15 years: 6 Conference titles, 1 head coach
Arena capacity: 11,548
Billy Donovan has turned Florida into a national power. Now, whoever replaces him will have to survive in a legend’s shadow. But the UF athletic department has been incredibly stable, the recruiting base is large, and most of the heat in Gainesville gets directed toward the football coach. If Donovan left today, Jeremy Foley could have a new coach by suppertime.
Coaches would be interested in…
All-time: 29 NCAA tourneys, 6 Final Fours, 1 national title
Last 15 years: 0 Conference titles, 4 head coaches
Arena capacity: 19,200
Arkansas eeks into the three-slot based mainly on what’s happened there in the past, just not in the recent past. The arena is top-notch and the recruiting base includes Memphis (if a coach can tap into it). When the Hogs are rolling, a good case can be made that UA becomes a basketball school. It’s also hard to ignore a place with six Final Fours and a national crown. There’s plenty of upside in Fayetteville and Jeff Long has shown that he’ll spend whatever cash the Razorbacks’ biggest boosters will give him.
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