Another list of the top 10 active college basketball coaches has been compiled, this one by Josh Herwit, a basketball analyst and editor at Fox Sports.
What’s different are the qualifications the analyst would use in hiring a new coach, namely an individual who would be required “to build a clean and disciplined program from scratch, one that has the capability of competing for national championships.”
Interesting criteria, the clean and disciplined part. Here are his choices:
- Tom Izzo, Michigan State
- Rick Pitino, Louisville
- Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
- Roy Williams, North Carollina
- Jay Wright, Villanova
- Bo Ryan, Wisconsin
- Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh
- Ben Howland, UCLA
- Sean Miller, Arizona
- Tony Bennett, Virginia
Honorable Mention: John Beinlein, Michigan
Says this about Pitino:
“One of the most animated and candid coaches around, Pitino has been a bona fide winner going back to his early days at Providence, where he took the Friars to a Final Four in less than two years of service. Since then, the 56-year-old New Yorker has accumulated over 500 victories, including one in the 1996 national championship game with Kentucky, and after a brief stint in the NBA, he’s turned Louisville back into a national power whether itâ€™s been in Conference USA or the Big East.”
Not making the top 10 were such noteables as Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Bill Self, Kansas; Jim Calhoun, UConn; and Billy Donovan, Florida.
Anyone else missing? Consider the criteria.