Setting 2014-15 Expectations for Each New CBB Coach in a Major Conference

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Setting 2014-15 Expectations for Each New CBB Coach in a Major Conference
Butch Dill
Bruce Pearl's arrival at Auburn has been applauded. But how well can expected to do in his first year?

Those initial moments following the hiring of a new coach can be full of excitement, hope and confidence. No matter the state of the program being inherited, that newcomer's arrival signals a change, one that's usually associated with an expectation of prosperity for the future.

But then reality sets in, as does the realization that there's so much more to success in college basketball than just having a good coach.

Of the 42 Division I schools that underwent (or, in a few cases, are still undergoing) a coaching change, 12 of those transactions happened at programs in what would be called a "power conference." While all new hires share a common bond in this game, for those tabbed to run teams in the top leagues, the expectations are far more intense.

Not every such power conference underwent a change, as the Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big 12 and Mountain West managed to avoid any coaching turnover during the offseason.

But for the ACC, American, Big East, Pac-12 and SEC, here's our look at the realistic expectations for the new hires for 2014-15.

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