Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Top Coaching Jobs - #4

With Indiana facing certain sanctions from the NCAA for the next several years, the Hooisers were still able to land Tom Crean. Roy Williams left the Kansas Jayhawks for North Carolina in 2003. Kansas was able to replace him with Bill Self, from Illinois, who just recently turned down Oklahoma State to stay at Kansas.

It makes you wonder, what are the Top 10 coaching jobs in college basketball? We here at Drinking the Forty consulted with some of the finest basketball experts in the country to find out. Hey, if ESPN can pull random people off the street and call them experts, then we can too.

Here is our Top 10, based on a program’s national persona, recent success, fan base, facilities, history and tradition, and potential for future success.

#4.) Duke Blue Devils

The house that Coach K built. The Duke Blue Devils are loved by many and hated by everyone else. They have spent much of the last two decades as the center of the basketball universe, winning games and earning fans and enemies for their disciplined style and dedication on the defensive end.

With an .816 winning percentage over the past seven years, you can count on Duke to be relevant and be among the top 15 teams in the country. With three national titles to his credit Mike Krzyzewski will go down as one of the greatest coaches to ever grace the hardwood. With the floor already named after him, he has built this program into everything that it is today.

Duke is a nationally known and respected program and they spend about as much time on national television as Dick Vitale. That recognition allows Coach K to go into any home, coast to coast, to recruit top players. It is this constant influx of talent, along with Coach K’s coaching that keeps Duke on top year after year.

The history and legacy of the Blue Devils has been built over the last 20 years. Everyone remembers the Laettner shot, Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Shane Battier, Jason Williams, and JJ Redick. Duke has also developed one of the most recognizable and energetic fan bases in the Cameron Crazies. Cameron Indoor Arena is the hardest place to play in the country and the fans at Duke are the most recognizable in basketball.

While Duke’s rise has been all during the Krzyzewski era, it is a success that will surely be sustained after his tenure ends. This will be a program with the national notoriety, success, and fan base that any coach would want to come into. While their facilities are behind most, the tradition and recruiting ability are second to none. This is why Duke comes in at number four on our list.

#5.) Kentucky Wildcats
#6.) Indiana Hooisers
#7.) Florida Gators
#8) Michigan State Spartans
#9.) Connecticut Huskies
#10.) Arizona Wildcats

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