Being a mid-major program coach in college basketball is one of the toughest sports jobs in America, but for the ones who work hard and catch a break, it can lead to NCAA glory and a better job ahead.
Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs went from an unknown entity to one of the most sought-after coaches in the country. He opted to stay in the Horizon League, but could've jumped to the spotlight if he wanted to.
Major-conference coaching positions open up every offseason, and the cream of the mid-major crop get a chance to get hired to their dream job.
Which of today's mid-major coaches will become major-program coaches in the near future? Here's a look at the top candidates.