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The Last Three Basketball Hires At Each SEC School

With the SEC’s two coaching vacancies filled, we can now take a look back to see where most league schools have turned when coaches have left (or been asked to leave).  Is there a pattern?  Do proven big-school coaches work out better than unproven mid-major guys?  Better than promoted assistants?

We went back over the last 36 basketball coaches — three per school — hired into the SEC.  Interim coaches (like Don DeVoe at Florida) weren’t included in our list. 

Below are the results of the last three coaching searches for each league program.  You’ll see each coach’s years of activity at the school, where he came from (including the number of NCAA/NBA head coaching jobs he’d held before his hiring into the SEC), and the result of his tenure (including any NCAA issues that aided in his exit):


School
Coach
Years At School
Came From
Result
Alabama
David Hobbs
92-98
Asst. Coach
Fired
Alabama
Mark Gottfried
98-09
Murray State (1 HC job)
Fired
Alabama
Anthony Grant
09-Now
VCU (1 HC job)
???
Arkansas
Stan Heath
03-07
Kent State (1 HC job)
Fired
Arkansas
John Pelphrey
07-11
S. Alabama (1 HC job)
Fired
Arkansas
Mike Anderson
11-Now
Missouri (2 HC jobs)
???
Auburn
Cliff Ellis
94-04
Clemson (3 HC jobs)
Fired/NCAA
Auburn
Jeff Lebo
04-10
Chattanooga (2 HC jobs)
Fired
Auburn
Tony Barbee
10-Now
UTEP (1 HC job)
???
Florida
Norm Sloan
80-89
NC State (3 HC jobs)
Fired/NCAA
Florida
Lon Kruger
91-96
Kansas State (2 HC jobs)
Left for Illinois
Florida
Billy Donovan
96-Now
Marshall (1 HC job)
???
Georgia
Jim Harrick
99-03
Rhode Island (3 HC jobs)
Fired/NCAA
Georgia
Dennis Felton
03-09
W. Kentucky (1 HC job)
Fired
Georgia
Mark Fox
09-Now
Nevada (1 HC job)
???
Kentucky
Tubby Smith
97-07
Georgia (2 HC jobs)
Left for Minnesota
Kentucky
Billy Gillispie
07-09
Texas A&M (2 HC jobs)
Fired
Kentucky
John Calipari
09-Now
Memphis (3 HC jobs)
???
LSU
Dale Brown
72-97
Asst. Coach
Retired/NCAA
LSU
John Brady
97-08
Samford (1 HC job)
Fired
LSU
Trent Johnson
08-Now
Stanford (2 HC jobs)
???
Miss. State
Bob Boyd
82-86
Southern Cal (2 HC jobs)
Fired
Miss. State
Richard Williams
86-98
Asst. Coach
Forced to Resign
Miss. State
Rick Stansbury
98-Now
Asst. Coach
???
Ole Miss
Rob Evans
92-98
Asst. Coach
Left for Arizona State
Ole Miss
Rod Barnes
98-06
Asst. Coach
Fired
Ole Miss
Andy Kennedy
06-Now
Cincinnati (1 interim HC job)
???
S. Carolina
Eddie Fogler
94-01
Vanderbilt (2 HC jobs)
Forced to Resign
S. Carolina
Dave Odom
02-08
Wake Forest (2 HC jobs)
Forced to Retire
S. Carolina
Darrin Horn
09-Now
W. Kentucky (1 HC job)
???
Tennessee
Buzz Peterson
01-05
Tulsa (2 HC jobs)
Fired
Tennessee
Bruce Pearl
05-11
UW-Milwaukee (2 HC jobs)
Fired/NCAA
Tennessee
Cuonzo Martin
11-Now
Missouri State (1 HC job)
???
Vanderbilt
Eddie Fogler
89-92
Wichita State (1 HC job)
Left for S. Carolina
Vanderbilt
Jan Van Breda Koff
93-99
Cornell (1 HC job)
Resigned
Vanderbilt
Kevin Stallings
99-Now
Illinois State (1 HC job)
???



First things first, one man’s “fired” is another man’s “forced to resign.”  We tried to use the most often used media description of the time in our chart.

So what do we find from all those hirings?


1.  Unless we’re doing the math wrong, 11 of the 36 hires came from BCS conferences.  The reigns of Ellis, Sloan, Gillispee and Boyd ended badly.  Kruger and Smith would be considered the positive hires out of the BCS bunch (so far).

2.  Six assistants were promoted to head coach — Hobbs, Brown, Williams, Stansbury, Evans and Barnes.  Most of those hires resulted in success with only Hobbs and Barnes being clear-cut disappointments.

3.  That leaves 19 mid-major hires to fill out our list.  Stallings, Calipari, Donovan and Fogler (at Vandy) all turned out well (so long as Calipari’s current Final Four banner doesn’t come down at some point).  Others — like Fox and Grant — appear heading in the right direction.

4.  Twenty of the 36 hires wound up being fired for forced out.  Five of those 20 left amid NCAA scandals — Pearl, Harrick, Sloan, Ellis and Brown.  Brown’s situation was questionable, but the NCAA had been after him for years. 

So you want a pattern?  Good luck.  There are hits and misses regardless of the background of the man being hired.

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SEC Coaching Carousel Tracker – Part Three

We complete our look at the coaching moves across the Southeastern Conference with quick examination of Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Here’s a link to Part One of our Carousel Tracker… and here’s a link to Part Two.


OLE MISS

Houston Nutt, Head Coach — No strong rumors

(Sidenote — Nutt has not made any moves on his coaching staff yet, but he is believed to still be contemplating taking action.  Mike Markuson, James Shibest and Chris Vaughn have each been with Nutt for 11 seasons or more.)

Kim Dameron, Safeties — No strong rumors

Ron Dickerson, WRs — No strong rumors

Mike Markuson, Co-OC/OL — No strong rumors

Derrick Nix, RBs — No strong rumors, but as the brother of Tyrone Nix, it’s believed that if Nutt forces one out he will likely lose both

Tyrone Nix, DC/LBs — Given a raise last year to stay in Oxford when other SEC schools pursued him; UM’s defense struggled in 2010 and some believe Nutt could make a change at the DC position; That appears unlikely

Terry Price, DL — Rumored to be a candidate for Will Muschamp’s new staff at Florida

Dave Rader, Co-OC/QBs — No strong rumors

James Shibest, TEs/Special Teams — No strong rumors

Chris Vaughn, CBs — No strong rumors


SOUTH CAROLINA

Steve Spurrier, Head Coach — No strong rumors

Jay Graham, RBs — No strong rumors

Shane Beamer, Safeties — No strong rumors

Jeep Hunter, TEs — No strong rumors

Brad Lawing, DL — No strong rumors

Ellis Johnson, Asst. HC of Defense/LBs — No strong rumors

GA Mangus, QBs — Pursued the Temple HC job (but he did not get it)

Shawn Elliott, Run Game Coordinator/OL — No strong rumors

Lorenzo Ward, DC/CBs — No strong rumors

Steve Spurrier Jr., Pass Game Coordinator/WRs — No strong rumors


TENNESSEE

Derek Dooley, Head Coach — No strong rumors

Charlie Baggett, WRs — No strong rumors

Jim Chaney, OC/RBs — No strong rumors

Justin Wilcox, DC — Rumored to be a top candidate for the DC position at Texas; Would not deny interest in the Texas’ opening yesterday

Harry Hiestand, OL — No strong rumors

Darin Hinshaw, QBs — No strong rumors

Terry Joseph, DBs — No strong rumors

Eric Russell, TEs/Special Teams — No strong rumors

Chuck Smith, DL — No strong rumors

Lance Thompson, LBs — Rumored to be a candidate for Will Muschamp’s new staff at Florida


VANDERBILT

Robbie Caldwell, Head Coach — Forced to resign prior to the season finale; Was a finalist for the Furman HC job (but did not get it); Rumored to be a candidate to join Dabo Swinney’s staff at Clemson; Replaced by Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin

(Sidenote — Franklin has said that he will not announce his new staff until each person is in place… and that may or may not happen during the bowl season.)

Charlie Fisher, WRs — No strong rumors of other offers; Franklin is believed to have hired Maryland WRs coach Lee Hull for this position

Bruce Fowler, Asst. HC of Defense — Has accepted the Furman HC job

Ted Cain, TEs/Special Teams — No strong rumors of other offers; Franklin is believed to have hired Maryland’s TEs/Special Teams coach Charles Bankins for this position

Jimmy Kiser, OC/QBs — No strong rumors of other offers; Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder has said that Ricky Rahne is leaving his program to become Vanderbilt’s new quarterbacks coach, thus filling this position

Desmond Kitchings, RBs — No strong rumors of other offers; Still recruiting for Vandy; Expected to get a courtesy interview with Franklin; Kitchings took over as OC midway through the 2010 season; Franklin is believed to have hired Maryland RBs coach John Donovan as his new OC

Jamie Bryant, DC/DBs — No strong rumors of other offers; Franklin is believed to have interviewed Miami DBs coach Wesley McGriff for this position

Rick Logo, DTs — No strong rumors of other offers; Still recruiting for Vandy; Expected to get a courtesy interview with Franklin

Mike Pelton, DEs — No strong rumors of other offers

Herb Hand, OL — No strong rumors of other offers; Still recruiting for Vandy; Expected to get a courtesy interview with Franklin

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SEC Coaching Carousel Tracker

‘Tis the season for football coaches to change jobs and a number of SEC staffs have already been affected.  Knowing that more moves are on the way once the bowls are out of the way, we thought we’d provide you with an as-of-now breakdown of who has moved on and who has moved in when it comes to SEC football.


ALABAMA

Nick Saban, Head Coach — No strong rumors

Jim McElwain, OC/QBs — Interviewed for HC job at Colorado (but did not get it); Rumored to be a candidate for Texas’ OC position

Burton Burns, RBs — Rumored to have been a candidate for HC at Louisiana-Lafayette (but did not get it)

Curt Cignetti, WRs — Interviewed for HC job at Kent State (but did not get it)

Bo Davis, DL — Rumored to be a candidate for Will Muschamp’s new staff at Florida

Bobby Williams, TE/Special Teams — No strong rumors

Joe Pendry, OL — No strong rumors

Kirby Smart, DC/LBs — Rumored to be a candidate for the DC position on Muschamp’s new staff at Florida

Sal Sunseri, LBs — Pursued the Pittsburgh HC job (but did not get it)

Jeremy Pruitt, DBs — No strong rumors


ARKANSAS

Bobby Petrino, Head Coach — Recently signed a seven-year extension with hefty buyouts on both sides

(Sidenote — Petrino has said that he wants to keep his entire staff together and all UA assistants are now believed to be up for raises.)

Kris Cinkovich, WRs — No strong rumors

Willy Robinson, DC/Safeties — No strong rumors

Bobby Allen, DTs — No strong rumors

Steve Caldwell, DEs — No strong rumors

Tim Horton, RBs — No strong rumors

Reggie Johnson, ILBs — No strong rumors

Garrick McGee, OC/QBs — No strong rumors

Chris Klenakis, OL — No strong rumors

John L. Smith, OLBs/Special Teams — No strong rumors


AUBURN

Gene Chizik, Head Coach — No strong rumors (should be up for a hefty raise after the season)

Jay Boulware, TEs/Special Teams — No strong rumors

Jeff Grimes, OL – No strong rumors

Phillip Lolley, CBs — No strong rumors

Curtis Luper, RBs — No strong rumors

Gus Malzahn, OC/QBs — Is believed to have turned down Vanderbilt HC job and has been mentioned in connection with the HC job at Maryland; Recently received a new contract worth $1.3 million per season

Tracy Rocker, DL — No strong rumors

Ted Roof, DC/LBs — No strong rumors

Trooper Taylor, WRs — No strong rumors

Tommy Thigpen, Safeties — No strong rumors


FLORIDA

Urban Meyer, Head Coach — Resigned earlier this month and has been replaced by Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp; Expected to stay involved with the UF program in some capacity

(Sidenote — Despite numerous rumors, Muschamp has said he will make no hires to his staff until after the Gators’ bowl game.  Current assistants are expected to be given courtesy interviews.)

Steve Addazio, OC/OL — Has accepted the HC job at Temple

Teryl Austin, DC/CBs — Rumored to be a top candidate for the DC position at Texas

Zach Azzanni, WRs — No strong rumors of other offers

Stan Drayton, RBs — No strong rumors of other offers

DJ Durkin, LBs/Special Teams — No strong rumors of other offers

Chuck Heater, Co-DC/Safeties — The most likely Meyer assistant to be hired by Muschamp; No strong rumors of other offers

Scot Loeffler, QBs — Rumored to have been a candidate for the Kent State HC job (but did not get it)

Dan McCarney, DL — Has accepted the HC job at North Texas

Brian White, TEs/FBs — No strong rumors of other offers


More to come…

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