X's, O's, and Rick Pitino: Sizing Up the Big East Basketball Coaches

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X's, O's, and Rick Pitino: Sizing Up the Big East Basketball Coaches

From its inception as a seven-team league in 1979, the Big East has transformed into an entity that is widely regarded as the best college basketball conference in the country year in and year out.

Throughout the league's existence, it has produced a staggering number of NBA stars and has been home to teams that have been coached by some of the most legendary figures in college hoops lore.

During what some consider to be the league's heyday back in the 1980s, squads led by such coaching luminaries as John Thompson, Lou Carnesecca, and Rollie Massimino would square off in grueling matches that featured the physical style of play that has come to define the league.

The Big East is still packed with a group of coaching legends and also features coaches who have already accomplished great feats in a relatively short amount of time.

And of course, there are the coaches who are far, far away from being considered legendary (or even mediocre in some cases).

With all of this in mind, I took it upon myself to weigh the merits and accomplishments of the Big East's 16 coaches, and ranked them accordingly.

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