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Friday, April 11, 2008

What are the Top 10 Head Coaching Jobs in Men's College Hoops?

In no particular order, here are my top 10:

1. North Carolina
2. Duke
3. UCLA
4. Kentucky
5. Kansas
6. Indiana
7. Georgetown
8. Syracuse
9. Michigan State
10. Louisville
11. Florida (but, beware, it's still a football school first)
12. Maryland
13. Connecticut
14. Arizona
15. Texas

Let the (very) fierce arguments begin -- okay, and I gave you 15.

There are many others, of course, worthy of consideration, including several schools in the top 6 conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 10 and SEC), as well as Gonzaga, Davidson and many others. I didn't include Memphis and Tennessee because while Coaches Calipari and Pearl have excelled there, those programs aren't as storied as some of the others (although it's debatable how "storied" Texas' program is, and Kentucky and Indiana have had downturns). I tried, wherever possible, to balance tradition with current excellence in coming up with the list.

So, for example, not all of the top 15 schools in all-time wins are present, which means that Pennsylvania, Temple, St. Joseph's, Villanova, Princeton and St. John's are absent, and the latter two have fallen on some tough times. The jobs there, though, are still excellent. Similarly, Davidson and Gonzaga are hot programs now (and, with Gonzaga) for the past 10 years, but I'd submit that Mark Few is more valuable to Gonzaga and could win on the moon than Gonzaga is a top-10 job.

Sure, if you're a fan of Oklahoma State, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Michigan, Marquette, North Carolina State and Wake Forest, you might not agree, but that doesn't mean that some of those jobs are not in the Top 30.

It's just that they're not in the top 10.

Okay, now, pour it on. What do you think?

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