New school: Grambling State Price (right, with Lamar coach Pat Knight) has been a college assistant since 2002, with stops at IUPUI, Ball State and Morehead State before joining Lamar's staff in May 2011. Price had a standout career for Notre Dame under then-coach Digger Phelps in the 1980s before playing professionally overseas for 13 seasons. He takes over for Bobby Washington, who was relieved of coaching duties and ''reassigned'' by Grambling to another position in the university after the team went 4-24 last season.
Pack your bags
Frank Martin is bringing his intense stare to South Carolina after accepting the Gamecocks job after five successful seasons at Kansas State. He's not the only coach filling out a change-of-address form this offseason. There have been plenty of college basketball hirings, firings and job swaps. Several notable ones follow.
Old school: Brown An assistant under Tom Brennan on the Vermont teams that regularly tried on the Cinderella slipper, Agel was unable to replicate that success as a head coach in the Ivy League. He went 39-79 in four seasons at Brown and was fired March 5.
New school: Canisius Old school: Rhode Island Four straight 20-win seasons coming into 2011-12 were not enough to save his job when Rhode Island swooned to a 7-24 mark last season. He was 183-167 in 11 years at the helm but never took the Rams to the NCAA tournament. Rhode Island hired Dan Hurley away from Wagner to replace him. But Baron wasn't out of work for long, taking over at Canisius.
New school: North Texas Old school: Marquette An associate head coach and ace recruiter under Buzz Williams at Marquette, Benford will replace Johnny Jones at North Texas. Jones left North Texas to become the new head coach at LSU after guiding North Texas to an 18-14 record this season. Benford has also served as an assistant coach at Nebraska, Arizona State and New Mexico.
New school: SMU We knew Brown can't stay in a job too long. Now we know he can't stay idle long, either. The 71-year-old last coached with the Charlotte Bobcats in December 2010. The only coach to win both an NBA and NCAA title, Brown joined SMU on April 19. Strange move? Well, the Mustangs are moving into the Big East next season, so there is some upside. But it's a job that was rejected by Rick Majerus, who opted to stay put at Saint Louis. With Brown replacing Matt Doherty, this job goes from one North Carolina alumnus to another.
New school: Ohio Old school: TCU After going 56-73 in four seasons at TCU, Christian jumped jobs to return to the comforts of the Mid-American Conference. He took the job at Ohio after previous Bobcats coach John Groce left for the job at Illinois. Christian thrived in his previous MAC stint, going 137-59 in six years at Kent State before he left for TCU in 2008. The Horned Frogs, meanwhile, hired Trent Johnson away from LSU to replace Christian.
Old school: Miami, Ohio Coles had a 16-season run as head coach at his alma mater, but it ended with a 9-21 thud this season. He was 266-225 with the Redhawks. Coles retired March 6, and he leaves with fond memories of a Sweet 16 run in 1999. Miami hired John Cooper away from Tennessee State to start its new era.
Old school: College of Charleston That white hair has been seen on college basketball sidelines for 31 seasons. Cremins retired on March 19, having wrapped up his career with six seasons at the College of Charleston. Cremins, 64, was 19-12 in his final season but missed the end of the season after taking medical leave in late January. Best known for his time at Georgia Tech, he reached the Final Four with the Yellow Jackets in 1990. He was a combined 586-379 at Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and Charleston. Charleston turned to another veteran coach, deposed Tulsa head man Doug Wojcik, as Cremins' successor.
Old school: UAB Davis' second head-coaching stint didn't go much better than his first, but at least he didn't have to deal with the headache of replacing Bob Knight this time around. The former Indiana coach had four 20-win seasons in six seasons at Alabama-Birmingham, but he was fired March 16 after a 15-16 campaign. The Blazers replaced him with North Carolina assistant Jerod Haase.
Old school: UNC Greensboro A veteran of 25 seasons as head coach, Dement could see the writing on the wall. He stepped down under pressure only 10 games into the season, with a 2-8 record, ending his second tenure at North Carolina Greensboro. Dement's decision benefited Wes Miller, who ascended from assistant coach to interim head coach to permanent head coach. Miller, 29, who could claim to be the youngest head coach in the nation until Wagner hired 28-year-old Bashir Mason on March 26.
Old school: SMU Dallas is a long way from Tobacco Road. The former North Carolina coach and player had only one winning season among six at the helm of Southern Methodist. Doherty was fired March 13 from his fourth coaching stop, having posted a 80-109 mark at SMU. The Mustangs pulled perhaps the surprise of the offseason after a lengthy coaching search. They brought 71-year-old Larry Brown out of retirement.
New school: Colorado State Old school: Southern Miss Eustachy might never live down that photo of him with the co-eds and a frosty Natty Light, but he's still making a living and winning basketball games. That photo led to his downfall at Iowa State, but he redeemed himself at Southern Miss by going 142-113 in eight seasons, including 20-win seasons in each of the last three and an NCAA tournament bid in 2012. That caught the attention of Colorado State, which hired him to replace Tim Miles, who had jumped to Nebraska.
Old school: Duquesne Everhart went 99-89 in six seasons at Duquesne and reached postseason play three times. But he was 16-15 this season and was undermined by the transfers of three players. Duquesne fired Everhart on March 23 and hired Jim Ferry away from Long Island University on April 10.
New school: Duquesne Old school: Long Island Ferry had only one winning season in his first eight at LIU, but he then won 52 games the past two seasons and reached the NCAA tournament each season. Ferry parlayed that success into a job at Duquesne, which gave him a seven-year contract on April 10. The Dukes previously fired Ron Everhart. Long Island, meanwhile, promoted assistant Jack Perri to replace his former boss.
Old school: Virginia Tech The bubble finally bursts on Seth Greenberg's nine-season tenure as the Hokies' coach. Greenberg was fired April 23, after Virginia Tech finished 16-17 in 2011-12 and failed to reach a postseason tournament for the first time in six seasons. The Hokies reached the NCAA tournament only once under Greenberg (2007) but were frequent visitors to the 'on the bubble' list.
New school: Virginia Tech Johnson was associate head coach under fired Hokie coach Seth Greenberg for five years before leaving Blacksburg in April to take an assistant job at Clemson. He's doing an about-face after being tabbed to replace Greenberg on April 30. Johnson, 41, is viewed as a top recruiter who gives Virginia Tech a good chance of retaining players on the current roster. He was part of Jim Larranaga's staff at George Mason in 2006 when the Patriots made it all the way to the Final Four.
New school: Illinois Old school: Ohio The sin of a 17-win season cost Bruce Weber his job at Illinois, but the Illini got the cold shoulder from several hot names in the coaching ranks in their subsequent search. They had a solid plan C, however, and hired Groce on March 29. He is coming off a 29-win, Sweet 16 season with Ohio and went 85-56 in four seasons there. Weber landed on his feet at Kansas State. The Bobcats, meanwhile, lured Jim Christian away from TCU to replace Groce.
Old school: South Carolina Unable to replicate the success he had at Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt conference, Horn saw his teams regress in the tougher Southeastern Conference. From 21-10 in his first season, 2008-09, the Gamecocks declined to 10-21 this season. Horn got the ax March 13, and South Carolina hired Frank Martin away from Kansas State to turn around a program seemingly stuck in reverse.
New school: Rhode Island Old school: Wagner Hurley put in only two seasons at Wagner, but his 38-23 mark was enough to catch the attention of Rhode Island. The Rams hired Hurley on March 20 to replace Jim Baron. Hurley's basketball pedigree couldn't have hurt, either. He's the brother of former Duke star and NBA guard Bobby Hurley and the son of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley. Wagner turned over Hurley's 25-win team to 28-year-old assistant Bashir Mason, who became the nation's youngest coach.
New job: TCU Old job: LSU Football coach Les Miles gets heat when he loses two games in a season. So Johnson wasn't exactly comfortable on the bayou after going 67-64 in four seasons at LSU. He resigned April 8 to move to TCU. The Horned Frogs had an opening after Jim Christian jumped to Ohio. Johnson is 226-186 overall in 13 seasons, with stops at Nevada, Stanford and LSU. The Tigers replaced him with an alumnus, Johnny Jones, who spent 11 seasons as head coach at North Texas.
New school: LSU Old school: North Texas This isn’t your typical job hop. For one, Jones has been with the Mean Green for 11 seasons, going 190-146, so it’s not as if he is a climber always looking for greener pastures. No, when Jones departed for the LSU job on April 13, he went home to his alma mater. He played on LSU’s 1981 Final Four squad and was an assistant under Dale Brown on its 1986 Final Four team. Jones replaces Trent Johnson, who left for a job at TCU.
Old school: Southern Illinois Lowery led the Salukis to three NCAA tournament victories, but they hadn't cracked the field in the past five seasons. An 8-23 season in 2011-12 spelled doom, and Southern Illinois fired Lowery on March 2. He was 145-116 in eight seasons but hadn't posted a winning season since 2007-08. The Salukis turned to a familiar rival, former Missouri State head coach Barry Hinson, as Lowery's replacement. Hinson most recently was an assistant at Kansas.
New job: Tulsa The biggest name among rookie head coaches for the 2012-13 season, Manning had worked on the staff at his alma mater, Kansas since 2003, before he agreed to replace the fired Doug Wojcik at Tulsa. The No. 1 pick of the 1988 NBA draft, Manning played 15 years in the NBA. He also led Kansas to the 1988 NCAA championship.
New school: South Carolina Old school: Kansas State After going 117-54 in five seasons at Kansas State, with four NCAA tournament appearances, Martin jumped from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference. He accepted the Gamecocks' job March 26 to replace Darrin Horn. Martin's task is to rebuild a program that went 10-21 last season and has not won an NCAA tournament game since 1973, when Frank McGuire coached Alex English, Mike Dunleavy and Brian Winters. The Wildcats didn't fret about losing Martin and hired another big name, former Illinois coach Bruce Weber.
Old school: Western Kentucky McDonald was a solid 67-49 at Western Kentucky but didn't make it through his fourth season. He was fired after going 5-11. The last loss came when the opponents had six players on the court during the deciding play of a 72-70 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in January. Assistant Ray Harper was elevated to interim head coach and then given the full-time gig.
New school: Nebraska Old school: Colorado State Miles led Colorado State to its first NCAA tournament bid since 2003 and promptly cashed it in March 23 for a job at Nebraska. He'll have a similar task in his new surroundings; the Cornhuskers haven't been to the NCAA tourney since 1998. Miles was 20-12 this season and 71-88 in five seasons with the Rams. Having rebuilt its program, Colorado State turned to a coach who rebuilt his career, Larry Eustachy.
Old school: Eastern Illinois Eastern Illinois' 12-17 season was more of the same under Miller. He was 75-130 in seven seasons with the Panthers, with only one winning season and no NCAA tournament appearances. He was canned, and Eastern Illinois hired Jay Spoonhour on April 6. Spoonhour, son of longtime Division I coach Charlie Spoonhour, was 64-27 in three seasons at Moberly Area Community College in Missouri.
Old school: Idaho State O'Brien resigned after a 2-8 start, leaving assistant Deane Martin to complete the Bengals' 9-21 season as interim coach. O'Brien was 56-105 in six seasons and never had a winning campaign. Idaho State hired Montana assistant Bill Evans, a former head coach at Southern Utah to take the permanent reins.
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Old school: Canisius Parrotta never had a winning season in six years at Canisius and finished 5-25 last season. No surprise, he was canned after the season "boasting" a 64-121 career mark. Canisius hired former Rhode Island coach Jim Baron.
Old school: Winthrop Peele twice brought Winthrop to the NCAA tournament, but back-to-back losing seasons cost him his job on March 5. Peele was 12-20 in his final season, 77-82 in five at Winthrop. Withrop then gave former Xavier and Wake Forest assistant Pat Kelsey his first head-coaching gig.
Old school: Air Force Reynolds has a rare coaching distinction. He was fired during a season despite a winning record. The Falcons were 11-10 but had lost six straight when Air Force fired him on Feb. 8, citing players' displeasure with his intense style. Too tough for a military school? Now, there's a distinction even more rare then getting fired with a winning record. Reynolds was 63-82 in five seasons. Dave Pilipovich completed the season as interim coach and then was tabbed as permanent successor.
Old school: Nebraska It's a tall task to build a basketball program in the shadows of a football giant. Sadler was not up to it. His 101-89 record in six seasons was pretty good, considering. But a last-place finish in the Cornhuskers' first year in the Big Ten cost him his job on March 9. Nebraska hired Tim Miles away from Colorado State to replace him. Sadler has $3.4 million left on his contract.
Old school: Mississippi State One of the truly underrated coaches, Stansbury survived 14 seasons coaching basketball in a football-mad region and had only one losing season. He announced his retirement March 15 with a 293-166 record and 11 postseason appearances to his credit. Well done. Longtime Division I assistant Rick Ray, whose most recent stop was at Clemson, got the nod to replace Stansbury.
Old school: Samford Unlike Rick Stansbury, Tillette was not able to end his long tenure at a Southern school on his own terms. Samford fired him on March 13, ending his 15 seasons as Bulldogs coach. He was 229-219, including 11-19 this season. On the plus side, he no longer has to correct those who confuse Samford with Stanford. Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer made the move to Samford for his first head-coaching job.
Old school: Florida International Thomas took over at FIU in a surprising move in 2009, one that gave the former New York Knicks coach and president a chance to restore the reputation he tarnished through a series of embarrassments in New York. But the Hall of Famer was fired by the school after going 26-65 in three seasons, and failing to win more than 11 games in any of them. The Panthers replaced their famous coach with a famous name of another kind. Richard Pitino, son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, got the chance to become a head coach at age 29.
New school: Kansas State Old school: Illinois Weber led the Illini to the national final in 2005, but there's no resting on your laurels in Champaign. Weber was fired March 9 after a 17-15 season. He was 210-101 in nine seasons with Illinois. School officials targeted Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart as a replacement but were quickly spurned. They instead gave the job to John Groce, who had just led Ohio to the Sweet 16. Weber, meanwhile, wasn't unemployed long. He was snatched up by Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, who had jumped to South Carolina.
New school: College of Charleston Old school: Tulsa Wojcik held the Tulsa school record for coaching wins, with a 140-92 record in seven seasons. But none of those wins came in the NCAA tournament, and Wojcik was fired March 11 after going 17-14 this season. He was replaced by Kansas great Danny Manning. Wojcik then was hired by College of Charleston on March 31.
Old school: Central Michigan Central Michigan cut the cord March 14 after Zeigler went 75-111, with no winning seasons in six years at the school. The Chippewas didn't just lose a coach; they lost their top scorer. Sophomore guard Trey Zeigler, the coach's son, was granted his release the week after his dad was fired and plans to transfer. Keno Davis was hired as Ziegler's replacement.
Old school: Binghamton The former Temple guard compiled a 24-68 record in three seasons at Binghamton before being let go on April 30. He took over after Kevin Broadus was suspended for recruiting violations in October 2009 and eventually fired. Six players were dismissed from that team, some for committing criminal acts, as the small state university in upstate New York paid the price for compromising academics for athletic success. Under Macon, The Bearcats lost their first 26 games this past season before shedding the dubious distinction of being the only winless team in Division I.