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Don’t bank on that up-and-coming coach (duh)

Mar 25, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

That mid-major coach everyone’s eager to hire? He may not be a sure thing.

Richmond’s Chris Mooney just got added to Tennessee’s coaching search. Shaka Smart’s trying to get VCU ready for Florida State, but has to deal with non-stop questions about coaching other teams.

Yet if they do end up at a bigger school, you can see courtesy of Luke Winn’s power rankings that of the 11 coaches hired immediately after a Sweet 16 run, only five did it with their new school.

Food for thought.

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  1. anythingbutyanks - Mar 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    The real difference is whether the “mid-majors” that made a run had talent that the coach was able to ride into the Sweet 16 or whether the coach got mid-level talent to play out of their minds when it mattered. At any level the most successful coaches are those that can get players to consistently out-perform the level of expectations that are based on the talent that is present. A coach that can get his players to do that, and is then coupled with the resources and recruiting appeal of a big-name school- well then look out.

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