Now, I'm not saying Coach K is going anywhere anytime soon, but he is not getting any younger. At some point he is going to call it a day. Maybe in five years, maybe 10, or maybe next year, but at some point Duke better have a short list ready to go.
I think when that day comes, Duke will likely promote their top assistants and the top assistant at the time will get the job. If not, they probably would go with a former Duke player like Capel or Amaker.
But if I were a Duke fan, here are the 10 guys I'd want them to pick from...
Few's name comes up every time there is a big-time opening. And for good reason. Gonzaga makes the NCAA Tournament every year. They are now considered a national power. The Zags have been on top for the better part of a decade despite being a small church school in the far northwest corner of the country. They play at a nice, up-tempo pace and typically shoot the three well.
He takes Butler to the final game two years in a row? Imagine what he could do at a place like Duke? And he could be there a long time, too.
Kentucky couldn't get him to leave Gainesville. Why would he? He has it made there. He is to UF what Coach K is to Duke. One day the floor will have his name etched on it. But if Coach K were to retire, he'd be the first guy I'd call, just in case. He is a big-time winner and has been for a long time now.
If Billy turns you down, maybe your next call should be to his top protege? Grant did a great job at Alabama this year. And remember, he is the one who got VCU started.
Mark Fox has done a super job at Georgia. The Bulldogs were the Clippers of the SEC East. You used to look forward to playing them. No longer is that the case. Before the UGA job he had Nevada on the rise, too.
This guy gets absolutely no respect. But Vanderbilt is tough every year. Think about that. Think about the Vandy football program and then compare it to basketball. Enough said. This guy is good.
Duke fans already know how good this guy is. They are still feeling it. And he wins wherever he goes, too. Xavier, Arizona, Duke. He'll win.
I don't know if you could get him away from Ohio State, especially now that the football team is going to be thrown down the trash chute by the NCAA. But it would be worth calling him just to see. He has Ohio State fans thinking hoops now instead of football recruiting and spring football practice. And that was no small task. They are a basketball powerhouse now.
He had a bit of a down year this past year, but Jay Wright is a good coach. He has his Villanova team in the hunt most years in the toughest conference in the land.