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Candid coaches on SEC coaching

Posted on: September 5, 2019 at 12:58:26 CT
FIJItiger MU
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CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest Division I schools. In exchange for complete anonymity, the coaches provided unfiltered honesty about a number of topics in the sport.


No league has upgraded its stable of coaches over the past decade more than the SEC -- a conference where six men with Final Four appearances (Rick Barnes, John Calipari, Tom Crean, Ben Howland, Frank Martin, Bruce Pearl) on their resumes now work. As one coach highlighted, yes, Jerry Stackhouse is an unproven commodity at Vanderbilt. But literally every other coach in the conference has already shown himself to be a high-level recruiter or coach or both. In fact, if you get bored, go make a personal ranking of SEC coaches. What you'll find, no matter your order, is that somebody really good is going to be outside of your top 10. That's a testament, more than anything else, to the commitment SEC schools have made to men's basketball in recent years. And it's starting to produce tangible results -- evidence being that seven SEC programs made last season's NCAA Tournament, and five are now in the CBS Sports preseason Top 25 And 1."

Quotes that stood out

"From top to bottom, the SEC may have the most amount of proven coaches."

"To me, it's the SEC, and it's not close. Almost half of the coaches in the league have made the Final Four. And I know Stack [Jerry Stackhouse] is new [at Vanderbilt]. But everybody else in the league has already proven they can either really coach or really recruit or both. ... Who are the bad coaches in the SEC? There might not be any."

Edited by FIJItiger at 12:59:49 on 09/05/19
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Candid coaches on SEC coaching - FIJItiger MU - 9/5 12:58:26
     RE: Candid coaches on SEC coaching - tmcats KSU - 9/5 15:40:17
          You got Martin wrong, should be - MU-TULSA MU - 9/5 16:36:37
               touche'(nm) - tmcats KSU - 9/6 12:18:06

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