• #801 by jbcarol on 16 Mar 2017
  • Missouri

    Mizzou hired Cuonzo Martin, 45 to replace Kim Anderson for a reported $21 million over seven years. The East St. Louis native was coach at Missouri State for three seasons where his teams were 26-28 in the MVC and made the NIT second round in his last season. He has won a battle with cancer.  This hire makes "Martin" and "Kennedy" the most common last names of SEC men's basketball coaches replacing "Anderson" in that elite group.

    Martin was hired by Tennessee to replace Bruce Pearl. His teams went 32-20 in three seasons including leading the Vols to the Sweet 16 in 2014.  He was replaced by Donnie Tyndall. 

    Martin led the Cal Bears also for three seasons. His teams went 28-24 in the Pac-12. His 2016 team made the NCAA-T and his 2017 team slept walked through their NIT game as if they knew they were losing a coach.

    Cuonzo Martin has more previous D-1 head coaching wins than anyone who has taken Mizzou job. Norm Stewart had 97, Mike Anderson 89, Frank Haith 129, and Q Snyder & K Anderson zero apiece.

    Martin has also led teams to the NCAA Tournament twice in his nine seasons as a head coach.

    Mizzou hired former player and assistant Kim Anderson (born May 12, 1955 in Sedalia). At 6-7, Anderson matched Andy Kennedy as tallest coach in the SEC in '14-15. Anderson played 21 games for the Trail Blazers during the '78-79 season. After a pro playing career in Europe, Anderson was an assistant to Norm Stewart from '82-85 and '91-99, working at Baylor in the interim. After a break from coaching, Anderson became head coach at Central Missouri, winning the DII National Championship in 2014.

    Anderson's teams were 8-46 in SEC play over three seasons. Sanctions hanging over from the Frank Haith era included Mizzou missing the 2016 SEC Tournament. In 2017, Missouri went 2-7 vs. NCAA Tournament teams with wins over Arkansas and Vandy. A win over Auburn in the SEC Tournament's Wednesday game provided a last feel good moment.

    2017 Missouri’s eight wins and .250 winning percentage are the program’s worst figures since 1966-67. Missouri finished the season shooting 30.4 % from 3-point range, the worst single-season shooting % in team history. They lost 35 consecutive true road games which is currently an active streak.

    In 2011 Miami Coach Frank Haith, 47, took over for Mike Anderson who had taken the Tigers to the Elite Eight and the second round of the NCAA tournament after turning around the program following the Quin Snyder error.

    Haith coached Mizzou to a 14-4 mark in the Big 12 but dropped their NCAA opener to Norfolk State. Haith's first SEC season ended tied for fifth at 11-7. Mizzou lost their NCAA opener.  Haith had been subject to a prolonged and bitter NCAA investigation tied to his time at Miami. He seemed to catch a break in 2013 when the NCAA acknowledged wrongdoing in their handling of the case.  Haith was suspended for a few games at the start of the '13-14 season in which Mizzou finished tied for sixth in the SEC and were able to advance to the NIT second round.  Haith left Mizzou for Tulsa after not receiving a contract extension. Haith was noted for heavy reliance on transfer players.

    Frank Haith was 20-16 (55.6% or 10-8 on average) in SEC regular season play.
  • #802 by jbcarol on 29 Mar 2017

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    To determine the all-time Top 100, the AP formula counted poll appearances (one point each) to mark consistency and No. 1 rankings (two points each) to acknowledge elite programs. Keep in mind that AP doesn’t release a poll after the NCAA Tournament, so eventual national champions are not factored into these rankings.

    27    Florida    306
    29    Missouri    300
    30    Alabama    297
    31    Arkansas    289

    38    Tennessee    243

    46    Vanderbilt    204
    47    LSU            198

    58    Miss State    140

    62    S Carolina    135

    75    T A&M    105

    80    Auburn    90

    92    Georgia    66

    100    Mississippi    49
  • #803 by jbcarol on 30 Mar 2017
  • LSU

    Will Wade, 34, was hired from VCU as LSU's coach replacing Johnny Jones. Wade's first head coaching job was with UT-Chattanooga for two seasons before being hired at Virginia Commonwealth in 2015 replacing Shaka Smart.  Wade's '16 team made the NCAA round of 32 and the '17 team also made the tournament despite not winning the A-10. VCU became one of only eight schools to make the NCAA Tournament six seasons in a row.

    Johnny Jones, a former player for Dale Brown's 1981 Final Four team, followed Johnson after an 11-year run at North Texas where he won 50.8% of his conference games and he made the NCAA-T twice. Jones first LSU team in '13 went 9-9 in the regular season finishing 9th in league. His third team was 11-7 in the SEC and made the NCAA tournament.  LSU recruited the nation's number one player Ben Simmons who not only went onto becoming the NBA's number one pick, he also became the first number one pick in nearly 40 years to not play in the NCAA tournament. Jones received criticism for passing up opportunities for post season play which was Simmons' choice.

    Squarely on the hot seat, Jones' '15-16 team went (10-21, 2-16 SEC). His last season tilted his overall SEC record to 42-48 (prorated to 8.4-9.6).

    Trent Johnson completed four seasons at LSU. His first LSU team won the SEC regular season championship going 13-3. His overall record was 27-8 and LSU advanced to the NCAA second round. Johnson suffered two tough seasons in '10 and '11 and after a 7-9 run in '12 wrapped up at LSU with a 25-39 (39.1%) or 6.2 - 9.8 prorated regular season conference record.  The '12 team was one and done in the NIT. Johnson went to TCU where his '13 team was 1-16 in conference.

    Butch Pierre was 5-4 as an interim replacing ASU Coach John Brady mid-season in '08.

    John Brady coached LSU for 10.5 seasons in a feast or famine type of run.  Brady finished sixth in the SEC-W five times.  This included three of his first four seasons and his last two seasons. Brady's teams earned first round SEC-T byes in five other seasons.

    Brady's 2006 team reached the NCAA-T Final Four. This was LSU's fourth Final Four appearance ever but their only one during the SEC Expansion Era to-date. Brady also reached the NCAA-T Sweet 16 in his third season. Brady's teams reached the NCAA-T four times and the NIT two times.

    Brady's SEC conference regular season record was 74-93 (44.3%) prorated to 7-9 as an average season. Brady's 2000 team shared the SEC regular season title with an overall 28-6 record (12-4 SEC). His Final Four team finished 27-9 (14-2 SEC) and was outright SEC regular season champs.

    Dale Brown had the second longest SEC Basketball coaching tenure ever.  Brown coached from 1972 to 1997. Coach Brown first made the post season in his seventh season at LSU. Brown then made the post season 15 consecutive years. His teams failed to make the post season his last four years. Coach Brown's teams made the NCAA-T ten consecutive seasons.

    Coach Brown's teams made the NCAA-T Sweet 16 five times, the Elite 8 four times, and the Final Four twice. LSU won the SEC regular season championship outright in '79, '81 and '85 and shared the title in '91. LSU won the SEC Tourney in 1980, the second year of the revived tournament. Coach Brown's best record was with his '81 team which went 31-5 (17-1 SEC).

    Brown's SEC regular season record was 238-200 (54.3%) or 8.7-7.3 prorated. His latter seasons after SEC Expansion were some of his tougher seasons. Coach Brown went 39-57 (40.6%) in six seasons prorating to 6.5-9.5.
  • #804 by jbcarol on 30 Mar 2017
  • Number of Teams the SEC placed in the Mens NCAA-T from 1992 Tourney to present with seeds in parentheses:

    2017 [5]: Kentucky (2), Florida (4), South Carolina (7), Arkansas (Eight), Vandy (9)

    2016 [3]: A&M (3), Kentucky (4), Vandy (11)

    2015 [5]: Kentucky (1-overall), Arkansas (5), LSU (9), Georgia (10), Ole Miss (11)

    2014 [3]: Florida (1-overall), Kentucky (Eight), Tennessee (11)

    2013 [3]: Florida (3), Mizzou (9), Ole Miss (12)

    2012 [4]: UK (1-overall), VU (5), UF (7), Bama (9)

    2011 [5]: UF (2), UK (4), VU (5), UT (9), UG (10)

    2010 [4]: UK (1), Vandy (4), UT (6), UF (10)

    2009 [3]: LSU (Eight), UT (9), MSSt (13)

    2008 [6]: UT(2), VU(4), Hogs(Eight), MSt(Eight), UK(11), UGa(14)

    2007 [5]: UF(1), UT(5), VU(6), UK (Eight), Hogs (12)

    2006 [6]: UT(2), UF(3), LSU(4), Hogs(Eight) ,UK(Eight), Bama(10)

    2005 [5]: UK(2), UF(4), Bama (5), LSU (6), MSt (9)

    2004 [6]: UK(1-overall), MSt(2), UF(5), VU(6), Bama(Eight), SC(10)

    2003 [6]: UK(1), UF(2), MSt(5), LSU(Eight), Bama(10), AU(10)

    2002 [6]: Bama(2), UG(3), MSt(3), UK(4), UF(5), OM(9)

    2001 [6]: UK(2), OM(3), UF(3), Hogs(7), UG(Eight), UT(Eight)

    2000 [6]: LSU(4), UT(4), UF(5), UK(5), AU(7), Hogs(11)
    1999 [6]: AU(1), UK(3), Hogs(4), UT(4), UF(6), OM(9)

    1998 [5]: UK (2), SC (3), OM (4), Hogs (6), Vols (Eight)

    1997 [5]: UK (1), SC (2), UGa (3), OM (Eight), VU (10)

    1996 [4]: UK (1), State (5), UGa (Eight), Hogs (12)

    1995 [5]: UK (1), Hogs (2), State (5), Bama (5), UF (10)

    1994 [4]: Hogs (1), UK (3), UF (3), Bama (9)

    1993 [4]: UK (1), Vandy (3), Hogs (4), LSU (11)

    1992 [4]: UK (2), Hogs (3), Bama (5), LSU (7)
  • #805 by jbcarol on 05 Apr 2017
  • #806 by jbcarol on 11 Apr 2017

  • Ray Tanner will present the contracts to the South Carolina Board of Trustees at its next scheduled meeting on April 21, according to
  • #807 by jbcarol on 13 Apr 2017

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    7. Mike Anderson, Arkansas

    Career record: 328-172 (128-74)

    Tourney appearances: 8 (2 at Arkansas)

    2. Frank Martin, South Carolina

    Career record: 213-128 (96-74 at South Carolina)

    Tourney appearances: 5 (1 at South Carolina)
  • #808 by jbcarol on 20 Apr 2017
  • #809 by jbcarol on 24 Apr 2017
  • NCAA Tournament Record for Current SEC Coaches at SEC Schools:

    John Calipari    Kentucky    26-6
    Bruce Pearl    Tennessee**   8-6
    Frank Martin South Carolina 4-1
    Mike White      Florida         3-1
    Cuonzo Martin Tennessee*  3-1
    Billy Kennedy  A&M             2-1
    Mike Anderson Arkansas     2-2
    Andy Kennedy Ole Miss       2-2
    Mark Fox        Georgia        0-2
    Bryce Drew     Vandy          0-1

    *   Cuonzo Martin is currently at Mizzou
    ** Bruce Pearl is currently at Auburn
  • #810 by jbcarol on 28 Apr 2017

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    Throughout last season, Eric Musselman and Johnny Jones kept constant correspondence through text.

    Musselman was going through a historic season at Nevada and Jones was grinding through a rough campaign at LSU. They lobbed messages back and forth, some meant to uplift and others to congratulate.

    After the season was completed, Musselman was greeted with a contract extension and Jones a pink slip. Instead of simply texting after the year ended, the quick friends – Jones hired Musselman at LSU in 2014 – turned to phone calls, with Jones reaching out first.

    “I knew he had some movement on his staff and instead of texting I actually called a couple of times and I didn’t ask him about a job, but I wanted to make sure he knew I was out there,” Jones said with a smile.  ;)

    After being fired from LSU, Jones didn’t need to work. The Tigers own him $800,000 over the next two seasons and the 56-year-old coach figured he’d just try to get into television so he could travel and visit some other programs while staying attached to the game that has employed him for three-plus decades. But the chance to join Musselman, who quickly became a kindred spirit at LSU, was too intriguing.

    “When this opportunity presented itself, I really jumped at it,” said Jones, who last week was named Nevada’s associate head coach. “I was overly excited to have the opportunity. The eight or nine months we spent together, I knew he was a basketball junkie. He had a tremendous passion about the game, was a really good family guy and there was a certain connection we had that our team benefited from.”

    While roughly the same age, Musselman and Jones never crossed paths until 2014. However, Musselman knew David Patrick, an assistant on Jones’ LSU staff. When a position on Jones’ bench opened in 2014, Patrick recommended he call Musselman, who had spent the previous two seasons at Arizona State.

    “In the initial call Johnny said, ‘Just come check it out. Just get on the plane and meet us?’” Musselman said. “I flew down and met him, I came back and I felt really good about him.”
  • #811 by jbcarol on 01 May 2017
  • #812 by jbcarol on 02 May 2017

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    Alabama associate men’s basketball coach Bob Simon will not be asked to return for the 2017-18 season. Simon leaves Alabama after two seasons under Avery Johnson. His departure is unlikely to slow the recruiting efforts led by assistant Antoine Pettway, and may should clear the way for John Pelphrey to become the lone associate head coach.
  • #813 by jbcarol on 12 May 2017

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    Kevin Stallings spent 17 seasons in charge of the Vanderbilt Commodores basketball program, building an 332-220 record and seven trips to the NCAA Tournament. He resigned in 2016 after a run of four disappointing seasons and accepted the job at Pitt.

    During the 2015-16 season, Stallings received a base salary of $2,020,368 and also was compensated with $174,595 in bonuses and other earnings that put his yearly pay from Vanderbilt at nearly $2.3 million.

    Stallings is the current leader in wins as a Commodores basketball coach, taking the job in 1999 after a successful stint at Illinois State. He led the Redbirds to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances before departing for Nashville.

    Since Vanderbilt is a private institution, the coaches salaries are not readily available...

    Stallings’ first season at Pittsburgh, the Panthers were 16-17, including 4-14 in the ACC.
  • #814 by jbcarol on 12 May 2017
  • #815 by jbcarol on 21 May 2017
  •  Matt Jones‏ @KySportsRadio 21h21 hours ago

    Billy Gillispie comes out of retirement

    Billy Gillispie will return to the sidelines as Ranger College’s head coach.

    In December of 2016 Gillispie announced he was retiring, citing health issues related to high blood pressure that must be immediately addressed or, “irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen.”    Apparently, those health problems have been addressed and he is good to go.

    Gillispie was spotted at a signing ceremony in Springfield, Illinois yesterday for a future Ranger College basketball player.  He confirmed to the The State Journal-Register that his health has improved and he will coach the junior college next fall.

    “That’s the intention,” Gillespie said of coaching in the 2017-18 school year. “I had, unfortunately, I had some high blood pressure issues in December so they thought it was a lot worse than it actually ended up being. I’ve got it under control now.

    “And the other thing: I’d rather die on the sideline than not be coaching, but no, that’s not going to be happening anytime soon, either, I don’t think. But everything is great with the health and I am definitely looking forward to coaching again.”