Ok so now that one of my top 10 candidates (click HERE for my opinion piece), Tony Barbee from UTEP was hired by Auburn (who was rumored to be looking at Haith) I thought let's look at how this list fared in the post season:
Brad Stevens - well he is the belle of the ball this year with Butler making the Cinderella appearance in the Final Four and IMO is my favorite to win it all given how well Stevens has the Bulldogs playing.
Steve Alford - Made it to the second round with New Mexico but was upset in the second round, in retrospect I should have had him at the bottom of my list
Frank Martin - His KSU team made it to the Elite 8 and were a whisker away from the final four. Too bad KSU is a better job right now than Miami.
Tony Barbee - UTEP lost in the first round but as we said above it was still good enough to land him the Auburn job
Steve Donahue - Cornell - had the Ivy Leaguers in the Sweet Sixteen, enough said
Jim Baron - URI - Had his Rams in the NIT Final Four after they just missed making the dance
Brian Gregory - Dayton - Won the NIT after beating North Carolina in the final at MSG
Randy Bennett - St. Mary's - Sweet 16, yes St. Mary's was in the Sweet Sixteen!!
Mark Turgeon - Texas A&M - Made it to the second round of the dance
Ben Jacobson - U. Northern Iowa - Yes indeed, another no name school in the SWEET SIXTEEN!!!
Common thread with all of these coaches?? They take the talent they have and coach 'em up!!! Congrats to all of these fine coaches.
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