Kansas Basketball: Who Would Replace Bill Self?
Bill Self is not leaving Lawrence, at least not anytime soon, but let's have some fun. Kansas is undoubtedly a top-five job in college basketball and a phone call from Jayhawks athletic director Sheahon Zenger would excite 99 percent of hoops coaches across the country.
However, if by some odd miracle Bill Self decides to bolt for an NBA job or sell insurance in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, who would Zenger tap as the new Jayhawks head coach?
The candidate pool would be deeper than David Booth's pockets. The following names are listed in no particular order.
Following a highly debated jump to College Park from College Station, Kansas alum Mark Turgeon has found little success in returning the Terps to national prominence.
He would be an easy choice, so to speak, as Turgeon is a Topeka native and helped lead the Jayhawks to four straight NCAA tournaments as a player from 1983-1987 before joining Larry Brown's staff after graduation.
While his results at Maryland have been mediocre at best, his local ties and proven track record at a Big 12 institution (Texas A&M) would prove deserving of consideration.
Danny Manning is both literally and figuratively "Mr. Jayhawk" and would be the overwhelming people's choice to replace Self.
He rolled through his first head coaching stop in Tulsa after nine seasons on the KU bench, then was tapped as the Wake Forest savior in early April.
The emotional tie was always there but now one of the greatest college basketball players of all time has the experience to warrant an interview.
Boyle ran with both Turgeon and Manning at Allen Fieldhouse in the mid-1980s under Larry Brown before flying through the coaching ranks at six schools over the last 20 years.
Stops at Oregon, Tennessee, Jacksonville State and Wichita State finally gave way to a head job at Northern Colorado for the Pueblo, Colorado, native in 2006. The former Jayhawk upgraded to the University of Colorado just three years later and remains one of the hottest "young" coaching names at 51 years old.
It is difficult to imagine Boyle leaving a rapidly developing program in Boulder anytime soon, but he remains an intriguing possibility to return to Lawrence.
Everyone loves Dooley.
Widely considered one of the best assistant coaches and nationwide recruiters for a decade under Bill Self, Dooley finally left for "Dunk City" Florida Gulf Coast last season. He has 20-plus years of coaching experience and has held two head coaching positions while building loads of relationships across the prep circuit.
Assuming he can hold serve in Fort Myers or his next stop, Joe Dooley will land on a very short list of elite up-and-comers to fill the blue-blood coaching openings in the next five to six years.
Tim Miles is the wild card of the list, with no ties to the University of Kansas, but is working magic with a borderline extinct Nebraska program.
Miles played at the University of Mary before hitting Northern State, Mayville State, Southwest Minnesota State...quick name the city and state of those colleges...North Dakota State and Colorado State before replacing Doc Sadler in Lincoln.
He has been lauded for the quick turnaround in just two seasons and with unfathomable capital support, Miles appears to have Nebraska headed for the upper half of the Big Ten, assuming a blue blood doesn't offer a long-term seven-figure contract.