September 12, 2010 college basketball coaching carousel

Out: Jeff Lebo. Fired March 12 after going 96-93 in six seasons.
In: Tony Barbee, UTEP head coach. Hired March 25.
The buzz: Auburn would like to open its new arena and practice facility in 2010-11 with some momentum. That was not happening under Lebo, who did not lead the Tigers to the NCAA tournament during his tenure. Barbee arrives at Auburn after leading UTEP to a Conference USA regular season title and an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. Barbee is a longtime disciple of John Calipari, playing for the coach at Massachusetts and serving as an assistant for him at Memphis. Auburn will hope Barbee, noted throughout his career for his recruiting abilities, will revive a program that hasn't played in the NCAA tournament since 2003. UTEP had five players from Memphis on this season's roster, and it will be interesting to see if Barbee continues to mine that city for players now that he is at Auburn.
Out: Al Skinner. Fired March 30 after going 247-165 in 13 seasons.
In: Steve Donahue, Cornell coach. Hired April 6.
The buzz: The program's all-time wins leader, Skinner led Boston College to seven NCAA appearances in the past 10 seasons. But the Eagles missed the tournament in two of the past three seasons and only reached the Sweet 16 once during Skinner's tenure. While Skinner is a top-notch Xs and Os guy and was able to develop Troy Bell, Craig Smith, Jared Dudley and Tyrese Rice into stars, BC was not able to attract the elite recruits to contend in the ACC on a consistent basis. One criticism (or compliment, depending on how you look at it) of Skinner is that he doesn't necessarily "play the game" with summer-league basketball folks.
Out: Bobby Lutz. Fired March 15 after going 218-158 in 12 seasons.
In: Alan Major, Ohio State assistant. Hired April 9.
The buzz: This is the first head coaching job for Major, 41, who spent the past nine seasons working for Thad Matta, the first three at Xavier and the past six at Ohio State. Charlotte was one of the biggest casualties of conference realignment in 2005-06. Lutz led the 49ers to five NCAA appearances during his tenure, but none after Charlotte left Conference USA to join the Atlantic 10. Charlotte led the A-10 at one point this season, but the 49ers lost seven of their last eight to fall out of postseason contention.
Out: Oliver Purnell. Hired at DePaul on April 6 after going 138-90 in seven seasons.
In: Brad Brownell, Wright State coach. Hired April 13.
The buzz: Purnell helped lift Clemson from the bottom of the ACC, winning at least 20 games in four consecutive seasons. The Tigers finished with a winning record in conference play in each of the past three seasons, the longest such streak in school history. NCAA tournament success did not follow, though, as the Tigers lost in the first round in each of those seasons. Brownell comes to Clemson from Wright State, where he led the Raiders to four consecutive 20-win seasons. He also led UNC Wilmington to two tournament appearances in four seasons.
Out: Jeff Bzdelik. Hired at Wake Forest on April 14 after going 36-58 in three seasons.
In: Tad Boyle, Northern Colorado coach. Hired April 19.
The buzz: Colorado is one of the toughest jobs in the Big 12 thanks to a limited recruiting base in state. The Buffaloes made the NCAA Tournament twice since 1969. The new coach, however, could walk into a good situation if freshman Alec Burks elects to return to school. Cory Higgins and Marcus Relphorde will also be seniors.
Out: Jerry Wainwright. Fired Jan. 11 after going 59-80 in five seasons.
In: Oliver Purnell, Clemson coach. Hired April 6.
The buzz: This once-proud program hasn't played in the NCAA tournament since 2004 and hasn't reached the Sweet 16 since a vacated tournament run in 1987. Despite the lack of recent success, DePaul has a quality recruiting base locally in Chicago. At the same time, DePaul does not have the same facilities or fan support of most of the Big East. Purnell was something of a surprise hire after DePaul targeted NBA assistant Reggie Theus and others. Purnell took Clemson to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, but he has never won a tournament game at any of his stops.
Out: Tom Penders. Resigned March 21 after going 121-77 in nine seasons.
In: James Dickey, former Oklahoma State assistant. Hired April 1.
The buzz: Penders' final season at Houston ended on an odd note. The Cougars went 7-9 in Conference USA - the only time Penders had a losing conference record at UH - but they responded by winning the league tournament for the program's first NCAA appearance since 1992. Houston isn't close to being the same program it was when it went to three consecutive Final Fours from 1982-84. A quick return to respectability can be accomplished in C-USA. Dickey last coached as an assistant with Oklahoma State in 2007-08. He spent a decade as the head coach at Texas Tech from 1991-2001, leading the Red Raiders to a 30-2 season in 1995-96. Texas Tech received NCAA sanctions for an academic scandal during his tenure, but Dickey was not implicated personally.
Out: Todd Lickliter. Fired March 15 after going 38-58 in three seasons.
In: Fran McCaffery, Siena coach. Hired March 28.
The buzz: Lickliter's tenure in Iowa City was marked by a slew of transfers and a lot of losses. McCaffery will try to bring some stability to the program, and he has promised an up-tempo style of play that he said would puts fans in the seats at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa fans have reason to be optimistic. McCaffery took over a rebuilding project at Siena and left after leading the Saints to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and two first-round upsets.
Out: Greg McDermott. Hired at Creighton on April 26 after going 59-68 in four years.
In: Fred Hoiberg, VP of basketball operations for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Hired April 27.
The buzz: Hoiberg, a former Ames (Iowa) High star, scored nearly 2,000 points for hometown Iowa State from 1991-95. He spent 10 seasons in the NBA with the Pacers, Bulls and Timberwolves before a heart issue eventually forced him to retire in 2006. Hoiberg was involved in collegiate scouting with Minnesota, but he's never been a head coach. He's taking over a team that has lost at least 10 Big 12 games in each of the past five seasons and has not made the NCAA tournament since 2005.
Out: Ernie Kent. Fired March 16 after going 235-173 in 13 seasons.
In: Dana Altman, Creighton coach. Hired April 26.
The buzz: Oregon needed more than a month to fill its coaching vacancy after aiming for Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith and Mike Anderson. The Ducks landed Altman, who led Creighton to 11 consecutive 20-win seasons before going 18-16 this season. Oregon is opening its new Matthew Knight Arena next fall. Given the program's ties with Nike, could this be a basketball sleeping giant?
Out: Fred Hill. Resigned after going 47-77 in four seasons.
In: Mike Rice, Robert Morris coach. Hired May 3.
The buzz: Despite its proximity to fertile recruiting grounds in the New York metropolitan area, Rutgers struggles to compete in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights haven't made the NCAA tournament since 1991 and never have had a winning conference record as a member of the Big East. Making matters worse, Hill's messy departure will force Rutgers to make a hire later than most programs. The new coach will inherit a team without its best player after the transfer of guard Mike Rosario to Florida; Rosario, a New Jersey product, was one of the few highly touted local players to stay "at home" and play for the Scarlet Knights. Hill had built his reputation as a recruiter, but he was unable to get enough good players to compete in the Big East. The new coach needs to legitimately have strong recruiting credentials, or Rutgers will be in for another stretch of mediocre basketball.
Out: Bobby Gonzalez. Fired March 17 after going 66-59 in four seasons.
In: Kevin Willard, Iona coach. Hired March 29.
The buzz: Gonzalez's firing had less to do with wins and losses than the coach's abrasive style. A handful of players under Gonzalez also dealt with off-court legal or academic issues. Seton Hall was in the mix for the NCAA tournament until losing in the second round of the Big East tournament. Iona never played in the postseason under Willard, but he did rebuild a program that won only two games in 2006-07. The Gaels went 21-10 overall and 12-6 in the MAAC in his final season. Before going to Iona, Willard was an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville and with the Boston Celtics. Willard, whose dad, Ralph, is a former head coach who now is a Pitino assistant, also played in the Big East at Pittsburgh.
Out: Norm Roberts. Fired March 19 after going 81-101 in six seasons.
In: Steve Lavin, former UCLA coach. Hired March 30.
The buzz: Roberts revitalized the program after the mess left behind after the tenure of Mike Jarvis, but postseason appearances did not follow. Some local coaches insinuated Roberts was perhaps too clean. That report could put the new Red Storm coach under even more pressure. Lavin has not coached for seven years. Since leaving UCLA, he has served as a TV analyst. He was a good recruiter with the Bruins, but Lavin has not coached on the East Coast. His coaching career was spent at Purdue and UCLA, and chances are his new staff has at least two assistants with ties to the New York recruiting "scene."
Out: Tony Barbee. Hired as Auburn coach March 25 after going 82-52 in four seasons.
In: Tim Floyd, New Orleans Hornets assistant. Hired March 30
The buzz: Since the Don Haskins era ended, the UTEP job has been a stepping stone. Billy Gillispie bolted for Texas A&M, Doc Sadler to Nebraska and Barbee to Auburn. The bad news is UTEP has needed to hire five coaches since the resignation of Haskins, who coached in El Paso from 1961-99. Floyd is a former UTEP assistant who has made six head-coaching stops - four college, two NBA - since leaving El Paso. He replaced Phil Jackson with the Chicago Bulls, but he is more known in the college game for his time at USC. He resigned at USC last summer after he was accused of paying a Los Angeles promoter to help steer O.J. Mayo to the Trojans.
Out: Dino Gaudio. Fired April 7 after going 61-31 in three seasons.
In: Jeff Bzdelik, Colorado coach. Hired April 13.
The buzz: Gaudio took over the Wake Forest program after the death of Skip Prosser in 2007. The Demon Deacons remained a consistent tournament team under Gaudio, but they also had a tendency to fade down the stretch. Wake Forest was 16-17 in February and March under Gaudio, including a 1-5 in NCAA and ACC tournament play. Wake remains one of the better jobs in the ACC, a notch below North Carolina and Duke, of course. Bzdelik made two postseason appearances in two seasons at Air Force before taking the job at Colorado.
Out: Buzz Peterson. Hired at UNC Wilmington on April 16 after going 24-13 in one season.
In: Jason Capel, Appalachian State assistant. Hired April 21.
Out: Greg Graham. Fired March 12 after going 142-112 in eight seasons.
In: Leon Rice, Gonzaga assistant. Hired March 26.
Out: Rand Chappell, Fired March 6 after going 104-104 in seven seasons.
In: Corliss Williamson, Arkansas Baptist College coach. Hired March 12.
Out: Benjy Taylor. Fired April 19 after going 39-53 in three seasons.
In: Tracy Dildy, Illinois-Chicago associate head coach. Hired July 12.
Out: Ed Conroy. Hired at Tulane on April 6 after going 49-66 in four seasons.
In: Chuck Driesell, Maryland assistant. Hired April 27.
Out: Joe Jones. Hired as an assistant at Boston College on April 9 after going 86-108 in seven seasons.
In: Kyle Smith, Saint Mary's assistant. Hired May 2.
Out: Steve Donahue. Hired at Boston College on April 6 after going 146-138 in 10 seasons.
In: Bill Courtney, Virginia Tech assistant. Hired April 23.
Out: Dana Altman. Hired at Oregon on April 26 after going 327-176 in 16 seasons.
In: Greg McDermott, Iowa State coach. Hired April 26.
Out: Terry Dunn. Resigned Jan. 11 after going 47-103 in six seasons.
In: Paul Cormier, Golden State Warriors scout and former Dartmouth coach. Hired April 22.
Out: Mack McCarthy. Resigned March 6 after going 34-56 in three seasons.
In: Jeff Lebo, former Auburn coach. Hired March 22.
Out: Dereck Whittenburg. Fired Dec. 3 after going 69-112 in seven seasons.
In: Tom Pecora, Hofstra coach. Hired March 25.
Out: Rick Scruggs. Fired March 5 after going 199-218 in 15 seasons.
In: Chris Holtmann, Ohio assistant. Hired April 22.
Out: Dan Leibovitz. Hired as a Penn assistant April 13 after going 44-82 in four seasons.
In: John Gallagher, Penn assistant. Hired April 16.
Out: Bob Nash. Fired March 8 after going 34-56 in three seasons.
In: Gib Arnold, USC assistant. Hired March 20.
Out: Tom Pecora. Hired as Fordham coach on March 25 after going 155-126 in nine seasons. Tim Welsh, an ESPN analyst and former Providence coach, was hired March 31 but resigned May 3 following a DWI arrest.
In: Mo Cassara, Boston College assistant. Hired May 5.
Out: Sean Kearney. Fired March 30 after going 9-22 in one season.
In: Milan Brown, Mount St. Mary's coach. Hired April 16.
Out: Gil Jackson. Fired March 23 after going 37-118 in five seasons.
In: Kevin Nickelberry, former Hampton coach. Hired May 4.
Out: Jimmy Collins. Retired July 20 after going 218-208 in 14 seasons.
In: Howard Moore, Wisconsin assistant. Aug. 20.
Out: Kevin McKenna. Hired as Oregon assistant June 14 after going 43-52 in three seasons.
In: Greg Lansing, Indiana State assistant. Promoted June 15.
Out: Kevin Willard. Hired as Seton Hall coach March 29 after going 45-48 in three seasons.
In: Tim Cluess, C.W. Post (Division II) head coach. Hired April 8.
Out: Robert Lee. Fired March 9 after going 80-100 in six seasons.
In: Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State coach. Hired March 29.
Out: Orlando Early. Resigned April 15 after going 60-92 in five seasons.
In: Keith Richard, LSU assistant. Hired April 22.
Out: Donnie Jones. Hired as UCF coach March 29 after going 55-41 in three seasons.
In: Tom Herrion, Pittsburgh assistant. Hired April 10.
Out: Milan Brown. Hired at Holy Cross on April 16 after going 54-44 in three seasons.
In: Robert Burke, American assistant. Hired May 6.
Out: Benny Moss. Fired Jan. 29 after going 41-74 in four seasons.
In: Buzz Peterson, Appalachian State coach. Hired April 16.
Out: Tad Boyle. Hired as Colorado coach after going 54-62 in four seasons.
In: B.J. Hill, Northern Colorado associate head coach. Hired April 20.
Out: Glen Miller. Fired Dec. 14 after going 45-52 in four seasons.
In: Jerome Allen, interim coach. Hired March 30.
Out: Mike Rice. Hired at Rutgers on May 3 after going 50-18 in three seasons.
In: Andrew Toole, Robert Morris assistant. Hired May 11.
Out: Brian Nash. Resigned April 7 after going 47-99 in five seasons.
In: Glenn Braica, St. John's assistant. Hired April 27.
Out: Bob Marlin. Hired as Louisiana-Lafayette coach March 29 after going 225-131 in 12 seasons.
In: Jason Hooten, Sam Houston State assistant. Promoted April 2.
Out: Fran McCaffery. Hired as Iowa coach on March 28 after going 112-51 in five seasons.
In: Mitch Buonaguro, Siena assistant. Hired April 8.
Out: Gene Cross. Resigned March 19 after going 11-53 in two seasons.
In: Tod Kowalczyk, Wisconsin-Green Bay coach. Hired March 30.
Out: Dave Dickerson. Fired March 31 after going 68-84 in five seasons.
In: Ed Conroy, The Citadel coach. Hired April 6.
Out: Kirk Speraw. Fired March 15 after going 279-233 in 17 seasons.
In: Donnie Jones, Marshall coach. Hired March 29.
Out: Pat Douglass. Fired March 11 after going 197-191 in 13 seasons.
In: Russell Turner, Golden State Warriors assistant. Hired April 9.
Out: Mike Deane. Fired March 1 after going 95-113 in seven seasons.
In: Dan Hurley, St. Benedict's Prep coach. Hired April 5.
Out: Tod Kowalczyk. Hired as Toledo coach March 30 after going 136-112 in eight seasons.
In: Brian Wardle, Wisconsin-Green Bay assistant. Hired April 15.
Out: Brad Brownell. Hired as Clemson coach April 13 after going 84-45 in four seasons.
In: Billy Donlon, Wright State assistant. Hired April 14.

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