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Bo Ryan: His regular-season consistency with decent rosters is remarkable, but his postseason record is inadequate. Ryan has advanced past the Sweet Sixteen only once in 11 years at Wisconsin. Ryan is an excellent coach but receives far too much hype.
Paul Hewitt: A national title game appearance in 2004 was evidently a major fluke for Paul Hewitt, as he produced a sub-par record of 189-160 in 11 seasons in Georgia Tech—earning tourney berths in only five.
He also finished below .500 five times and could not turn his few elite recruiting classes into ACC-contending teams. Now at George Mason, Hewitt is still considered a seasoned coach, although his seasoning is a bit bland.
Jamie Dixon: Dixon tied the NCAA Division-I record for most wins in the first seven seasons as a head coach with 188, but what did he have to show for it? One Elite Eight appearance and a host of underachieving teams were the result.
He has arguably had three potential Final Four teams but failed to string postseason wins together. Last year's CBI title is plain embarrassing, especially for a proud program.
Mike Davis: We're all still waiting for Mike Davis to turn IU around, and Hoosier fans are still looking for an obscure way to blame Davis' failures on Kelvin Sampson.
The 2002 title game appearance was fun, but he failed to reach the Sweet Sixteen again and even missed the tournament back-to-back years before he was canned. A brief overdone stint at UAB ended uneventfully and he is getting a third chance at Texas Southern as interim coach.
A 115-79 record at another elite program (Indiana) is unacceptable, yet many predicted he would land back on his feet quickly. Whoops.
Matt Painter: One excellent season at Southern Illinois earned Painter the Purdue gig, and while he strung together six NCAA Tournament appearances—a streak that will end in ugly fashion this season—none resulted in anything.
Two Sweet Sixteens and a few early exits have Boilermaker fans restless, especially without capitalizing on the talented trio of Robbie Hummel, JaJuan Johnson and E'Twan Moore. The Big Ten appears to be passing Painter by.
Bruce Weber: Weber did an impressive job at Southern Illinois, going 52-15 in his final two NCAA Tournament seasons but whiffed at Illinois aside from the 2005 title game appearance.
Much of the 2004-05 season is credited to Bill Self, as he left behind Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head for the tournament run. Weber missed the Dance three of nine years in Champaign and made it past the round of 32 only twice, yet remained an upper-tier coaching candidate before landing at K-State.
Jay Wright: Back-to-back tournament appearances at Hofstra is difficult—something Jay Wright managed to do—but last year's 13-19 debacle at Villanova continued a trend of underachieving teams.
Granted, the program has had unrealistic expectations since the fluke 1985 title and have only been to the Sweet Sixteen four times since then. Wright's 2009 Final Four gave him major breathing room, but a 229-115 record at a "big-time" program is unimpressive, especially with 10th and 13th place Big East finishes the last two seasons.
A flawless wardrobe is nice, but it will not boosting his coaching legacy.