Todd Golden’s elevated San Francisco over three seasons, but he didn’t do the heaviest lifting for the Dons. Meanwhile, Jeff Linder’s a rebuild specialist, but will that process — especially recruiting — scale up?
Kyle Smith’s quietly deployed a Moneyball approach to make over Washington State, arguably the toughest high-major job in the country. Or do you want to bet on an unknown coming out of nowhere?
Kevin Willard steadily remade Seton Hall into a rugged defensive outfit in the Big East — and did it on a relative shoestring. Dana Altman’s taken Oregon to a Final Four, but is he itching to get back to his Midwest roots?
Chris Mack entered buyout life after a midseason separation from Louisville. As for Thad Matta, back issues forced him to step away at Ohio State, but could Missouri be a place for him to step back into coaching?
Matt McMahon’s the latest in an assembly line of coaches churned out by Murray State, while Grant McCasland’s no-middle defense has rejuvenated a moribund North Texas program.
Kim English only has a season under his belt at George Mason, but his fast rise inspires hope. And out west, Todd Golden’s elevated a San Francisco program he inherited three seasons ago.