|Collins was the presumed coach-in-waiting by many|
at Duke. Instead, his first head job will be in Evanston.
Bobby Hurley, Buffalo: Let's be real, bringing in anything remotely considered a recognizable name is a big win for the Bulls, and Hurley certainly fits that criteria. Winning at UB won't come easy, but in the MAC stealing just one decent recruit could be enough to earn a tournament bid and catapult himself on to the next big job.
Matthew Graves, South Alabama: With Brad Steven's departure from Butler to the NBA and the Bulldogs dubbing Brandon Miller as head coach, it was time for Graves to pave his own course. Looking back, it's amazing that Graves didn't get scooped up sooner, especially after Butler's back-to-back title runs. The Jaguars have had success as of late in the Sun Belt, and can certainly compete for a tournament spot. Good pick-up.
Danny Kaspar, Texas State: Over the last 13 seasons, Kaspar built Stephen. F. Austin from conference doormat to perennial championship contender. With the Bobcats headed for the Sun Belt, it was time to make a splash. They did just that landing one of the nation's best small college coaches.
Andy Enfield, USC: It's easy to label this as another knee-jerk, flavor of the week move. But those that know the man behind FGCU's incredible "Dunk City" tournament run stand behind his knowledge and ability to sustain this much further than last March's magical ride. His NBA ties and history of successfully training professional talent will help him recruit to SoCal, injecting life back into a program that's slipped into mediocrity.
OTHER MOVES OF NOTE:
|Alford's departure from New Mexico took a major|
hit in his image that only winning will repair.
Richard Patino, Minnesota: Three questions have to be asked with the coaching change in Minneapolis this off-season. Is this that much of an upgrade over Tubby Smith? Other than his last name, what of Patino's résumé instills confidence that he's the best coach for the job? Lastly, how much of Minnesota's struggles the last decade are on coaching, and how much can be attributed to outdated and underfunded facilities? Raised floors and 90+ year old barns just aren't going to recruit themselves like they did 50 years ago. Patino might be worth the gamble, but until the Gophers invest in the program, temper your expectations.
Tubby Smith, Texas Tech: What a poor run of luck for Tubby, from one desolate program to another. If Bobby Knight couldn't win in Lubbock, who can?
Craig Neal, New Mexico: Neal's job is to keep things rolling for the Lobos after Steve Alford's bitter departure. It will be a job easier said than done.
Eddie Jordan, Rutgers: With the hand they were dealt, Jordan was about the best the Scarlet Knights could hope for. Still, a winning season just doesn't seem to be in the immediate future for Rutgers.
James Whitford, Ball State: Whitford breaks free from Sean Miller's umbrella and takes his first head-coaching job closer to his roots. His Midwest ties will help him compete for mid-tier talent in the MAC.
Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon: With a move to Division I, the Antelopes needed to bring a name in to help recruiting. They got just that with Thunder Dan. It'll be a rough ride as they transition to life in Division I, but a light schedule should help.
Mike Brennan, American
Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton
Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge
Kevin McGeehan, Campbell
Ray Giacoletti, Drake
Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson
Joe Dooley, Florida Gulf Coast
Anthony Evans, Florida International
Niko Medved, Furman
Mark Byington, Georgia Southern
Joe Mihalich, Hofstra
Wayne Brent, Jackson State
Jayson Gee, Longwood
G.G. Smith, Loyola-Maryland
Jeff Bower, Marist
Kareem Richardson, Missouri-Kansas City
Chris Casey, Niagara
Robert Jones, Norfolk State
Nick McDevitt, North Carolina - Asheville
Jeff Jones, Old Dominion
Ron Verlin, Pacific
Jim Crews, Saint Louis
Dave Wojcik, San Jose State
Jimmy Patsos, Siena
Murray Garvin, South Carolina State
Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin
Dan Hipsher, Texas Pan-American
Phil Cunningham, Troy