Continuing with the West (which doesn't really exist in SEC Basketball) as I was waiting for Arkansas to blund... hire their next coach.
Alabama- Nate Oats... 4 seasons at Buffalo and 3 NCAATs to show for it. Seems like it was his team the last 2 years and not Bobby Hurley's so that makes me feel a bit better (when we hired Grant he has 3 years at VCU). Obviously going to give him a chance, but the older I get the more cynical I become about Alabama becoming a force in hoops again... especially with the coaches listed below and the ones in the EAST making noise.
Unrelated, isn't it sad that Buffalo has as many NCAAT appearances in the last 4 years as we have in the previous 13?
Arkansas- Eric Musselman from Nevada. I thought the SEC learned their lesson from that other guy that left Nevada for the SEC (Mark Fox). Anyways, Arkansas fumbled this hire and got their 17th choice who probably won't fare better than the previous coach. Arkansas is Nolan Richardson and a cloud of dust. Anyways, 3 straight NCAATs with Nevada and some NBA experience about 15 years ago.
Auburn- Bruce Pearl... we know what he did this year so he pretty much has that job for life minus a NCAA sanction levied against him. We better pray he decides to move to a bigger gig as his dominance in the state will continue for a while now. Previous stops at UTK and Milwaukee cements himself as one of the top 4 coaches in the league. BTW he has an Elite 8 and 3 Sweet Sixteens on his resume.
LSU- Will Wade (cheater... cough) is building (buying) a mini-dynasty in the Bayou. Somehow he was reinstated by LSU. His previous gig (VCU) looks like what Anthony Grant did there.
Mississippi- Kermit Davis of MTSU fame. 16 seasons there where he had one losing conference record. That is impressive no matter the place. Saying that, who knew he'd take the Black Bears to the NCAAT in his first season. An up and comer or a flash in the pan?
Mississippi St- Ben Howland whose resume is almost at Calipari's level with 3 Finals 4s, and 3 Sweet 16s. While most know his work from UCLA, he pretty much rebuilt Pitt into a power before leaving for the west coast. In his 4th year at Miss St they seem to be on the upswing.
Texas A&M- Buzz Williams was "stolen" from VA Tech. Not really. Buzz brings in 12 years of head coaching experience... 8 NCAATs, 3 Sweet 16s and an Elite 8. Also of note HE TOOK VA FREAKIN' TECH to 3 straight NCAATs.