If you follow our blog then you recognize that we enjoy following the football and basketball “coaching carousels”.
After (former NC State assistant) Buzz Peterson finally accepted the App State job we thought it was the right time to review this year’s coaching carousel.
Before the season began, FoxSports.com listed these 12 coaches as ‘coaches on the hotseat’; it is interesting to see which ones made it for another season and which ones did not.
This link will highlight all of the coaching changes made as well as some of the financial packages included. The following are the changes made at the high-major level and (in many cases) inlcudes the financial packages of the new coaches.
Was: Mark Gottfried / Is: Anthony Grant (1.8 mil, VCU)
Was: Russ Pennell (Interim) / Is: Sean Miller (2.5 mil, Xavier)
Was: Dennis Felton / Pete Hermann (Interim) / Is: Mark Fox (1.3 mil, Nevada)
Was: Billy Gillispie / Is: John Calipari (4.3 mil, Memphis)
Was: Dave Leitao / Is: Tony Bennett (1.7 mil, Washington St)
Was: Tony Bennett / Is: Ken Bone (Portland St)
Since we are, naturally, east-coast-centric we thought we would share these grades from a west coast guy.
A couple of interesting nuggets from the article:
Old coach: Russ Pennell
New Coach: Sean Miller (from Xavier)
Comment: One of the top young coaches in the game, Miller has his work cut out: Not only must he orchestrate a massive talent upgrade, he must match wits with a superb lineup of Pac-10 coaches. There’s also the matter of his future: Is he committed to Tucson for five years or more, or will he bolt to the Big East/ACC the first chance he gets?
Old coach: Dave Leitao
New coach: Tony Bennett
Comment: A stunning hire in that UVa would want Bennett and that Bennett would want UVa after turned down opportunities at LSU and Indiana last spring. Similar to the Fox hire at Georgia, this has the potential for problems because of the recruiting/geography elements.