Career record: 399-208 in 19 years at Northern Arizona, Pittsburgh and UCLA Howland is actively looking to get back into coaching after being away from the game this past season after being let go at UCLA. The 56-year-old took the Bruins to the Final Four three times in his 10 years at UCLA and made the NCAA tournament seven times. Howland has ties to the Big East from his time at Pittsburgh and is interested in Marquette. Will the Golden Eagles have mutual interest? He would provide the school with a big name in the business, one that has had a great deal of success. But would Howland be looking at Marquette as a stepping stone to a bigger gig? That has to be weighed.
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Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth coach
Career record: 137-46 in five seasons at VCU The Oregon, Wis., native has been a hot commodity ever since he took VCU to the Final Four in his second season as coach in 2011. Smart has reportedly turned down overtures from UCLA, Illinois, North Carolina State, Minnesota and USC in the past, raising the legitimate question as to if he'd leave VCU for Marquette. He grew up in Wisconsin and could want to return home, but how much does that matter? The Rams haven't been a fluke under Smart. His style would be a perfect match with Marquette and would be a home-run hire for the Golden Eagles. There's something to be said about being comfortable, though, and Smart is set at VCU.
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Brian Wardle, UW-Green Bay coach
Career record: 71-55 in four seasons at UW-Green Bay Wardle makes sense because he played at Marquette and has had recent success at UW-Green Bay. After averaging 14.4 points in his four years with the Golden Eagles, Wardle joined Tom Crean's staff as an assistant coach in 2003. He left to coach under Tod Kowalczyk at Green Bay in 2005 and eventually took over as head coach when Kowalczyk left for Toledo in 2010. Wardle led the Phoenix to the Horizon League regular season crown this past season but Green Bay was upset by UW-Milwaukee in the league tournament and fell in the opening round of the NIT. His hiring would signal more of a rebuild considering he'll need time to continue learning on the fly.
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Gregg Marshall, Wichita State coach
Career record: 174-71 in 16 years at Winthrop and Wichita State Like Smart, Marshall has built something special at Wichita State. The Shockers went undefeated in the regular season this past season but fell to Kentucky in the Round of 32 on Sunday. Marshall led Wichita State to the Final Four in 2013 and has won 25 or more games six years in a row. He had similar success at Winthrop, leading the Eagles to seven NCAA tournament berths in nine years. While he's comfortable at Wichita State, Marquette can nearly double his salary, and his name may never be hotter.
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Mike Hopkins, assistant coach at Syracuse
Career record: None The coach-in-waiting at Syracuse, Hopkins has never been a head coach. But he's served under Jim Boeheim since 1996 after playing four seasons under the Hall of Fame coach. Hopkins has turned down interest from programs like Charlotte and St. Bonaventure, but was a finalist for the USC job last offseason. How long will he wait for Boeheim to retire? There's no sign of that happening any time soon, and Hopkins could get anxious. While he has no head coaching experience, Hopkins is very highly thought of around the country and knows the Big East. Concerns he would get his feet wet and then bolt for Syracuse when Boeheim does retire are valid.