There is always some bloodletting in college basketball at the end of the season. Coaches come and coaches go. The question is how it effects the local scene. It already has as Danny Hurley (pictured) left Wagner for Rhode Island. Hoops Scoops mentioned in a previous post that Hurley would probably be at the top of the Rams’ list.
Only five of the 26 jobs that became available have been filled so far, which means there could still be an impact on the local area. Illinois has yet to hire a replacement or Bruce Weber after striking out with Shaka Smart. Nebraska, South Carolina and Illinois are the highest profile jobs still open.
Although its unlikely that any of the local coaches with success –Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook), Tim Cluess (Iona), Jim Ferry (LIU)– will land any of those jobs, if those positions are filled by current head coaches, the dominoes will start to fall.
The list below contains every coaching change through Wednesday with the replacements in parenthesis.
Air Force – Jeff Reynolds (Dave Pilipovich)
Brown – Jesse Agel
Canisius – Tom Parrotta
Central Michigan – Ernie Zeigler
College of Charleston – Bobby Cremins
Eastern Illinois – Mike Miller
Grambling State – Bobby Washington
Idaho State – Jim O’Brien (Bill Evans)
Illinois – Bruce Weber
Miami-Ohio – Charlie Coles
Mississippi State – Rick Stansbury
Mount St. Mary’s – Robert Burke
Nebraska – Doc Sadler
North Carolina A&T – Jerry Eaves
Rhode Island – Jim Baron (Danny Hurley)
Samford – Jimmy Tillette
SMU – Matt Doherty
South Carolina – Darrin Horn
Southern Illinois – Chris Lowery
Southern Utah – Roger Reid
Tulsa – Doug Wojcik
UAB – Mike Davis
UNC Greensboro – Mike Dement (Wes Miller)
Wagner – Danny Hurley
Western Kentucky – Ken McDonald (Ray Harper)
Winthrop – Randy Peele