Now that the college basketball coaching carousel is basically over, Jeff Goodman takes a look at the 10 biggest coaching moves of the offseason — ones that will affect the national landscape the most going forward.
Archie Miller, Dayton
The Flyers only went to one NCAA tournament in the past seven years. That's just not enough for this rabid fan base. Dayton tabbed young assistant Archie Miller, Arizona coach Sean Miller's younger brother. Don’t be surprised if Dayton winds up giving Xavier a run atop the Atlantic 10 standings in a couple years.
Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee
The Vols fired Bruce Pearl amid an NCAA investigation and brought in a squeaky-clean guy in former Missouri State coach Cuonzo Martin. I'm not sure anyone can replicate the recent success Pearl had in Knoxville, but Martin should give Tennessee more stability, and also keep the program away from future NCAA issues.
Paul Hewitt, George Mason
The Patriots lost Jim Larranaga to the ACC and Miami, but plucked a guy in Paul Hewitt who has proven he can recruit with just about anyone. Hewitt takes over a legitimate top 25 team, one that will be favored to win the Colonial Athletic Association.
Billy Kennedy, Texas A&M
The Aggies went with Murray State's Billy Kennedy because they weren't willing to open the checkbook to try to lure Buzz Williams from Marquette. This was the right call -- Kennedy knows the area and can coach. He inherits a top 25 team, and just needs to recruit the state well to remain a player in the Big 12.
Billy Gillispie, Texas Tech
Billy Clyde is back. The Red Raiders got rid of Pat Knight and went with former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie, who is well-liked in the Lone Star State from his days with UTEP and Texas A&M. If there's anyone who can make Texas Tech relevant again, it's Gillispie.
Frank Haith, Missouri
This one shocked the coaching community, but do not be surprised if new Missouri coach Frank Haith – who replaced Mike Anderson – hits the ground running in Columbia. He inherits a top 25 team, and if he can get the chemistry right with this group, there's enough talent to do some damage.
Lon Kruger, Oklahoma
The Sooners booted Jeff Capel, who had struggled the last couple of years, and replaced him with Lon Kruger in what was a shocking move. Kruger is a proven coach who should be more consistent than Capel was in Norman. Look for Oklahoma to be fighting for an NCAA tourney berth each year once Kruger gets it going.
Mark Gottfried, N.C. State
North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow (right) took a lot of heat because of her contentious relationship with Gary Williams at Maryland and how she handled this search, but she wound up with former Alabama head man Mark Gottfried. It's a solid hire, especially if Gottfried can return to the ways that made him a feared recruiter in Tuscaloosa. If he can, with all the coaching turnover in the ACC, there's no reason to think the Wolfpack can't be a player in the league again.
Mike Anderson, Arkansas
The Razorbacks made a coaching move despite the fact that John Pelphrey had assembled a top 10 recruiting class. Mike Anderson has managed to keep the incoming freshman group together, and he'll satisfy much of the fan base due to his link to former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson. Anderson is far more comfortable in Fayetteville than he was in Missouri – and that should translate to success for the program.
Mark Turgeon, Maryland
Terps athletic director Kevin Anderson struck out when swinging for the fences in going after Arizona's Sean Miller and Notre Dame's Mike Brey, but wound up going outside the box with the hire of Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon. Anderson has brought in one of the most underrated guys in the business. Although Maryland might be mediocre for a while, there's a reason why most experts consider this job one of the top 10 or 15 in the nation. Turgeon should have the Terps consistently in the NCAA tournament before long. --Jeff Goodman