The profession of coaching in any sport is alternately described as a ladder, for those who are moving up to bigger jobs, or a carousel for those who are moving out of their current positions. College basketball is no different.
Early in the season, some programs defy expectations and get out to hot starts. Some are merely a byproduct of a pathetic early schedule (see 7-1 Utah), but others herald the arrival of a new NCAA tournament contender. The coaches who engineer such successes become intriguing prospects for struggling power-conference programs in need of a fix.
These eight coaches—presented alphabetically—are either blazing out of the gate or are continuing a recent trend of success. Either way, their names may come up in conjunction with bigger jobs soon.
All records and stats through games of December 9. Stats courtesy of StatSheet.com unless otherwise noted.