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Ranking the 10 Best Rebuilding Jobs in College Basketball History
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Even the greatest college basketball programs fall into disrepair on occasion. Like fine architecture, a school's fortunes on the court can either gradually erode or be blasted to splinters overnight by a calamitous twist of fate.

Whichever route a university takes to the proverbial dumpster, hiring the right coach can be like hiring the right architect to design a rebuild. The phrase "rebuilding" is used in this context for a reason.

Relationships with high school and AAU coaches must be repaired. Perceptions among recruits and their parents must be refreshed. Fans and boosters must see evidence of a culture change before they begin bankrolling the project.

These 10 coaches walked into programs in a state of disrepair and brought excitement where little to none had existed before. Some brought a return to a proud tradition, while others simply produced unprecedented signs of life. All gave fans reasons to believe again.

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