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Who would have thought a week ago that Johnny Dawkins would be in the Sweet 16 and Mike Krzyzewski would not?
Who would have thought that Cuonzo Martin would go from the hot seat to suddenly being a hot coach, taking Tennessee from the bubble to the First Four to the Sweet 16 in a matter of one week?
It’s amazing what a tournament run can do for a coach. For some it can save their jobs. For others, it can get them a better one.
Archie Miller has just 62 career coaching victories in his three seasons at Dayton. After a run to the Sweet 16 and a family pedigree of success, the Flyers have announced, via ESPN.com, his contract extension through the 2018-19 season.
Iowa State also has a good chance to keep Fred Hoiberg in Ames. Hoiberg has 90 career coaching wins and has burst onto the college scene the last few years after a journeyman NBA career. He will not fly under any radars from this point forth, but the Ames legend may be happy staying home for a while.
Tony Bennett won't fly under any radars either. Bennett led Virginia to a top seed in his fifth season with the Cavaliers and is one of six coaches in the Sweet 16 to have fewer than 200 career victories, along with Miller, Hoiberg, Martin, Dawkins and Kevin Ollie.
The rest? Well, there are a few bona fide legends still hanging around the Dance.
With Coach K, Jim Boeheim and Roy Williams out of the tournament early, Rick Pitino is the dean of remaining coaches with 693 career wins. John Calipari is next with 594 career wins, though that number may not be officially recognized by anyone inside the NCAA after vacating a good chunk of them over his career.
Five coaches still in the tournament have more than 400 career victories, including Steve Fisher (497), Billy Donovan (484), Tom Izzo (467), John Beilein (442) and Steve Alford (413), making the case that not all wins are created equal. Seriously, Alford has more career victories than the likes of Jay Wright, Mark Few, Thad Matta and Bo Ryan, who heads into the Sweet 16 sitting on 349 career victories.
The last two coaches in the Sweet 16 are Sean Miller, with 248 wins, and Scott Drew with 226 to his name. They both have a long way to go before they catch Pitino, who has a very long way to go before he catches the other legends he will face in the ACC next season. He does get a few more chances to get closer this year, if his Kentucky nemesis doesn’t get in the way.