Ranking the 10 Greatest Mid-Major Coaching Tenures in NCAA Basketball History

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Ranking the 10 Greatest Mid-Major Coaching Tenures in NCAA Basketball History
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The line of demarcation between college basketball's "major" and "mid-major" ranks is blurry at best. Every observer has his or her own definition of what puts a program in one camp or the other.

Is it based on athletic department spending? A conference's NCAA tournament success? RPI ranking? Simple league alignment? How much the coach spends on his suit? Hotness of cheerleaders?

Because digging for answers to the various definitions gets murky the further back through history we go, we have to apply the quick and dirty definition for this look at the mid-major ranks' greatest coaches ever.

If the coach's employer was part of today's power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-8/10/12, SEC) at any time during his tenure, he's ineligible. The school's current affiliation is irrelevant.

Luckily, we're still left with a lot of highly impressive coaches. So many, in fact, that stopping at 10 did a disservice. Another 10 excellent coaches are listed as honorable mentions.

 

Active coaches' listed records do not include this season's games. All records via Sports-Reference.com. All mentions of conference titles allude to regular-season championships.

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