10 Candidates to Replace Frank Haith as Miami Basketball Coach
With rumors beginning to circulate that Frank Haith as a possible candidate for open coaching jobs (Katz twitting that Frank is mentioned for the Auburn job) I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at coaches who are winning without top 25 recruiting classes. Oh and by the way Haith and his top 25 recruiting class didn't even make the NIT this year. (Thanks to Kotz for some of his ideas on this subject)
#1 - Brad Stevens - Butler Head Coach
Doesn't matter that its the Horizon Conference, Stevens had Butler 20-0 this year in conference play. Stevens in his 3 years as Head Coach has had Butler in the NCAA tournament every year and has an impressive 84-14 record.
Imagine what he could do with the top 25 class Miami brought in last year led by stud Durand Scott!
#2 Steve Alford - New Mexico
This guy is a flat out winner, he knows what playing for a winner is about and he has New Mexico winning and has won the MWC the past two years in a row.
Bring this guy to the talent rich ACC and lets see what he can do for Miami
#3 Frank Martin - Kansas State
Well the job he's done at K-State has been nothing short of miraculous. Yes he has won with some "at risk" youth but he has taken the risks of adding some key transfers and it has paid off well.
Martin has strong ties to Miami and I can't imagine him wanting another winter in Kansas though after putting the Wildcats as a #2 seed in the dance he is likely to be on a short list for higher profile jobs.
#4 Tony Barbee - UTEP
For some strange reason we couldn't find a picture of Tony that we could use but that doesn't change our admiration for him.
Tony's Miners won the conference USA regular season title and has the Miners dancing this year.
This Calipari disciple would be a great fit at Miami especially after learning the ins and outs of recruiting from the master himself.
#5 Steve Donahue - Cornell
His third straight Ivy League title and NCAA appearance comes on the heels of a great year that included quality OOC wins against Alabama, UMass, St. John's, and Davidson. They even took Kansas to the wire at Allen Fieldhouse no less.
The guy has shown how to win without those high profile recruits, but will he leave the Ivy League?
#6 Jim Baron - Rhode Island
Not a big fan of the 'stache but the guy has made URI a winner again where he has put up four 20 win season in a row now just missing the NCAA this year despite a semifinal appearance in the Atlantic-10 tourney and a 23-9 record and 40 RPI rating.
This perennial A-10 coach is another guy who makes winners out of what he has to work with but will he ever leave the A-10?
#7 Brian Gregory - Dayton
This unheralded A-10 coach has had 4 20+ win seasons with the Dayton Flyers including 2 NCAA and 2 NIT appearances.
Again, he is winning IN DAYTON!!!!!! Enough said!
#8 - Randy Bennett - St. Mary's
WCC coach of the year with a 24-5 record with the Gaels and are headed for their 3rd NCAA tourney appearance under Bennett. He got a glimpse of Miami's talent 3 years ago when the Canes beat the Gaels in the opening round of the NCAA dance.
A solid coach, GO EAST YOUNG MAN!
#9 Mark Turgeon - Texas A&M
Is Mark really throwing up the "U"???
Would love to land the guy who has put up a 72-30 record and 3 straight appearances in the dance at TAMU and before that took Wichita St. to the sweet sixteen!!
The only reason I don't have him higher on this list is it would be a long-shot to lure him to the basketball rich ACC and Miami... but then again maybe subconsciously he has Miami on his mind??
#10 Ben Jacobson - Northern Iowa
back to back Missouri Valley titles and NCAA appearances. Jacobson had the UNI Panthers playing their best ball in years with a 28-4 record this year.
Another unheralded coach winning in the middle of nowhere.