Bill Self (Kansas: Head Coach)
Here's a coach that was too much of a coward to stay in Champaign, IL to help the Fighting Illini to continue the success that was present in the 2000-2003 seasons. To think that he jumped from Big 10 to the Big 12 may seem like an upgrade, but there are downsides to it also.
With Self staying in Kansas for another 10 years with a $30 million contract and his career standing at 78-18 record at Lawrence, KU may have something good coming in, but not much fun for Big-12 conference rival Missouri.
Bruce Weber (Illinois: Head Coach)
With his cocky attitude, the replacement of Self just about seems about as annoying as previous Illini coaches.
His tenure at Southern Illinois and in the Missouri Valley Conference may have qualified him for the job, but there are still Illini boosters believing that Weber's years are numbered.
Derek Thomas (UDetroit - Mercy: Asst. Coach)
Thomas is certainly someone to hate. When you leave Western Illinois University after five years as head coach with a 40-104 record, it's time to be downgraded. Especially with a shady past at colleges such as Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri State, Saint Louis University, Minnesota, Illinois and UNLV (all schools as assistant coach).
He has only head coached one other school: Christian Brothers College High School. His career record is unknown.
Jim Molinari (Western Illinois: Head Coach)
When you're the new coach in Macomb, you're likely to be disliked. Molinari replaced Derek Thomas, who resigned at the end of WIU's 2008-09 season.
His overall career record at Northern Illinois (1989-90) is 42-17, Bradley University (1991-2002) is not published and University of Minnesota (2006-07) doesn't have his official record calculated.
John Calipari (Kentucky: Head Coach)
With enough media buzz to make 100 mules sick, the 1996-99 head coach of the New Jersey Nets and former head coach at UMass and Memphis, managed to get the nod from Kentucky.
Calipari's 446-140 career record in the NCAA stirs up the sports kettle. The only issue: his 72-112 professional record. Memphis fans are mad at J.C.'s decision not to return to the Memphis program, but we'll just have to see how he does in the Bluegrass State.