Trying to handicap college basketball coaching fortunes is almost as reliable as the folks who handicap your fortunes at the county fair. There's a great deal of guesswork involved, some fishing for coincidences, and it's usually best done while wearing a funny hat. Seriously, you should see the enormous feather in my cap right now.
After all, we witnessed a fanbase run out a coach coming off a Sweet 16 trip, an SEC rival hiring a guy out of Division II and a Pac-12 school settling for a man who hadn't coached in four years, so who knows what an athletic director's looking for when he runs the previous coach out of town?
What we can usually expect is that a mid-major coach who builds some sustained success at an unheralded program is due a few phone calls from inquiring ADs in search of new voices in their programs.
For that reason, most of the expected fast risers herein are at schools outside the Power Five, with the obvious exception of our cover boy, Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak.
These seven coaches either have the pieces on hand to be NCAA tournament threats or could prove some serious coaching chops by taking undermanned teams to the tops of depleted conferences. If your school is seeking a coach at the end of this season, I see it looking for a man in a suit...or the occasional polo shirt.