Although the NCAA Tournament brings euphoria too fans and memorable moments to players and millions of dollars in revenue to colleges and universities the biggest beneficiaries of march madness are the head coaches. Unlike most job basketball coaches IQ is put on display in front of millions of onlookers which conclude that the coach is either a genius or a dummy.
For the coaches who are fortunate to make the field of 68 they often find themselves in prime position to either get a pink slip for under performing which means your fired, or golden ticket, which is an invitation to run a premiere program with all of the amenities. So far two prominent coaches have become casualties of the coaching firing squad: UCLA Bruins coach Ben Howland and Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Tubby Smith.
Year in and year the need to replenish coaching vacancies continue with prominent programs pillaging mid major programs of their promising young talented coaches. However, unlike in times past these coaches are using the interest from elite programs to secure extensions and pay raises.
Programs like Virginia Commonwealth and Iowa State find themselves in uncharted territory as their young promising head coaches Shaka Smart and Fred Hoiberg signed huge extensions and were not lured in by the big dollars, private jets, and television exposure.
Although programs like UCLA, USC, and Minnesota will eventually fill their coaching vacancies they will likely have to settle for option C or option F if they are lucky. Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner and Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon have reaffirmed their commitment to the their programs by signing extensions, and Butler coach Brad Stevens is expected to do that same.
Will Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield follow suit or will they along with Marquette coach Buzz Petterson be lured in by the bigger stage, flashing lights and private jets? Stay tuned… I know I will.
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