College basketball coaching changes: Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger retires; Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey hired by Charleston

Archie MillerTBDAn unidentified booster ponied up $10 million to pay for Archie Miller’s buyout, giving the school an opportunity to fire him after four seasons without having to pay said buyout with school funds. (That option was not an option at all.) Miller went 67-56 in four seasons. Indiana far exceeds any other job on the market now, and many big-name coaches will be contacted to gauge interest.

Steve WojciechowskiTBDGiven the resources, facilities and conference affiliation, Marquette has moved into top-30-job status in college basketball. The options available will be plentiful, and there will be no shortage of sitting head coaches who will entertain phone calls. Porter Moser should be the lead guy.

Larry KrystkowiakTBDThe Utes fired Krystkowiak after 10 seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances. It doesn’t help when BYU and Utah State are making NCAA Tournaments regularly, while the biggest university in the state with the proudest history is treading water around .500. We await on whether Utah alumnus Johnnie Bryant accepts a potential offer; he is considered the leading candidate at this stage.

Lon KrugerTBDKruger’s somewhat-sudden retirement has added another big-league job to the cycle. School AD Joe Castiglione finds himself with quite the situation, as he has to fill both men’s and women’s basketball coaching posts after each program had longtime, successful people opt to step away at the end of this season.

Steve ProhmTJ OtzelbergerISU AD Jamie Pollard did not want to cut ties with Prohm, but a 2-22 season left him with no choice. Prohm was 97-95 in six seasons, with three NCAA appearances. Turns out Pollard had his guy waiting in the wings the whole time. Otzelberger had mediocre seasons at UNLV but he is capable of having success in territory he’s quite familiar with.

Richard PitinoBen JohnsonCertainly a surprising hire. Minnesota closed the deal with Golden Gophers alumnus Ben Johnson, who formerly worked under Richard Pitino before more recently serving as an assistant for Travis Steele’s Xavier staff.

Gregg MarshallIsaac BrownMarshall’s resignation in November allowed Brown to step in on an interim basis. After putting the Shockers into the NCAA Tournament picture and guiding them to the top of the AAC standings by mid-February, the school announced a promotion for Brown to the full-time position on Feb. 26.

Jim ChristianEarl GrantA surprise hire, as Grant comes from Charleston, where he went 127-89 in seven seasons, with one NCAA Tournament run. Christian was fired Feb. 15 after six and a half seasons. He went 78-132 and did not make an NCAA Tournament. Boston College has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2009.

Pat ChambersMicah ShrewsberryPurdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry has been tapped to take over in Happy Valley. Shrewsberry was considered an inevitable head-coaching hire in college basketball for a couple of years now, and he’ll stay in the Big Ten, as the school is now the only one in that league employing Black coaches in men’s basketball and football.

Dave LeitaoTBDWhat is the ceiling for this job? Who should be the person tapped to lead the program next? DePaul has been bad forever and it needs to make an inspired hire to try and get it back to respectability, let alone NCAA Tournament-good, in the next three seasons.

TJ OtzelbergerKevin KrugerLon Kruger coached in Las Vegas once upon a time. Now his son will get the chance, as the school decided to stay in-house and promote the 37-year-old to his first head-coaching gig. Kruger finished his college player career with UNLV in 2007.

Paul WeirRichard PitinoI’m not convinced the Pitino hire is going to work to maximum ends, but it will be interesting. He’s adaptable, that’s for sure, and that should suit him well. New Mexico has lofty expectations given its conference and location. The fan base holds its head coaches accountable on the level you’d find at a top-40 program.

Jeff NeubauerTBDJeff Neubauer went 61-104 from the start of the 2015-16 season and was was fired Jan. 26. Fordham remains among the toughest jobs in a multi-bid league. The school joined the Atlantic 10 in 1995; it’s failed to make the NCAAs since. In fact, it’s had just two seasons above. 500 in that span. It would not be a shock if this job did not close for at least two more weeks.

Dave PaulsenKim EnglishGeorge Mason went young, hiring 32-year-old Tennessee assistant Kim English. The former second-round NBA pick starred at Missouri and also spent time on the bench at Tulsa and Colorado. 

Rob MurphyTBDMurphy will make his way to the G League, and a fairly attractive MAC job is now open. Eastern Michigan is the kind of gig that usually attracts high-major assistants who are overdue for their shot at running a program.

Greg LansingJosh SchertzIndiana State has tapped into the Division II ranks for its next coach. Schertz spent 13 years and Lincoln Memorial and won nearly 85% of his games. He’ll make for an interesting experiment in the Valley.

Jean PrioleauTBDThe toughest job in the Mountain West. Prioleau won 20 games in four seasons with San Jose State. The school needs to get this hire right.

Joe MihalichTBDSadly, Mihalich is stepping down after not coaching the 2020-21 season due to health reasons. Interim Mike Farrelly should get a really good look here.

Pat KelseyTBDAfter nine seasons in Rock Hill, Kelsey took a job offer to lead Charleston. He leaves behind a program with two NCAA Tournament appearances — and three league titles — in the past five seasons. Quality Big South job. 

Jason GardnerTBDByron Rimm II has been the IUPUI interim for nearly two full seasons. Seems like a long shot he will stay on after taking over for Jason Gardner in the summer of 2019.

Terry PorterShantay LegansAfter taking Eastern Washington to the NCAA Tournament, Legans has been quickly lured away and into the WCC at Portland, per multiple reports. The question becomes: Will the lovable Groves brothers, who were fleeting NCAA tourney cult heroes, stay at EWU, or potentially follow their coach to the Rose City?

Mark MontgomeryRashon BurnoArizona State assistant Rashon Burno is on his way to Northern Illinois. He’s a savvy, high-energy hire. Burno replaces Mark Montgomery, who was 125-170 in nine and a half seasons. The school last made the NCAAs in 1996.

Shantay LegansDavid RileyLegans’ link to the Portland job was something known for weeks. Eastern Washington was clearly prepared for it, and within days of Legans’ move to Portland, it announced longtime assistant David Riley would take over. He gets a roster that just went to the NCAA Tournament, a perk few other coaches on this list get to inherit. 

Tony JasickJordan MincyJacksonville did not have to look that far for its next coach. The school tagged Florida assistant Jordan Mincy to take over after serving the past six seasons on Mike White’s UF staff.

Danny KasparTerrence JohnsonA few coaches lost their jobs in recent months due to scandal and subsequent investigations. Kaspar was accused on the record by some former Texas State players of using racially insensitive language. After an investigation that lasted more than three months, Kaspar and TSU split in September. Terrence Johnson stepped in and rightfully earned the full-time gig after guiding TSU to an 18-7 season.

Rodney BillupsTBDDenver had been expected to open for months. Billups went 9-43 his final two seasons with the Pioneers. It’s viewed as a Summit League job with true potential to be a league power.

Will BrownDwayne KillingsBrown lasted 20 seasons and made five NCAA Tournaments, but it was time for a change. Marquette assistant Dwayne Killings, who has been a rising star in the industry the past five years, has received rave reviews from peers as Albany’s next coach.

David PatrickTBDWhen Eric Musselman called Patrick in the offseason and offered him the top assistant’s gig at Arkansas — not to mention a hefty raise — Patrick left UC Riverside to return to the sidelines in the SEC. (He was previously at LSU.) In his stead, Mike Magpayo made UC Riverside respectable in the Big West. He’s likely to get the full-time job, a source told CBS Sports.

Jay SpoonhourTBDSpoonhour lasted nine seasons — he was the longest-tenured coach in the Ohio Valley — but the school is not renewing his contract. Eastern Illinois went 119-157 in his tenure and was 9-18 this season.

Anthony StewartTBDThis is a tragic instance of a coaching change, as Anthony Stewart died less than a week before the start of the season when he never woke up from a nap. Stewart led the UT Martin Skyhawks for four seasons and was 53-73. His son, Parker Stewart, was a four-star recruit in high school who played for his dad and has since transferred to Indiana.

Lew HillTBDTerribly, two coaching vacancies exist due to coaches dying. Lew Hill died in his sleep the morning of Feb. 7, perishing just hours after he coached what he thought would be his last UTRGV game for an indefinite hiatus. Hill was battling health issues in addition to having contracted COVID-19 in January.

Tic PriceTBDPrice lasted seven seasons at Lamar but never won a regular-season or conference tournament title in the Southland. A new coach is expected to be named by early next week.

Tommy DempseyLevell SandersBinghamton is one of the toughest jobs in the country, and Dempsey lasted nine seasons despite never finishing above .500. Sanders steps in on an interim basis for the 2021-22 season.

Donyell MarshallTBDCentral Connecticut never found momentum under UConn legend Donyell Marshall, going 40-104 in five seasons. This is maybe the toughest job in the NEC.

Heath SchroyerJohn AikenSchroyer stepped down as McNeese State coach on March 11, but here’s the twist: He’s also the school’s athletic director. His first decision as AD was to promote assistant John Aiken to head coach. An unusual gambit, the program continues without enduring a coaching search after a trying season.

Murray GarvinTony MadlockSouth Carolina State, out of the MEAC, opted not to renew Garvin’s contract on March 15. Madlock, a Memphis assistant, will be tasked with turning around a 1-17 team.

Published: 2021-03-26 02:51:29

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