This is going to be a bit long, I apologize.
What is everyone’s thought on the current group of Big Ten coaches? I was wondering why the Big Ten was so down this year and was thinking about how many of the coaches in the conference are actually above average.
Here are my thoughts
Quality coaches: Painter, Izzo, Beilein, Turgeon
First year coaches: Holtman (looks really good so far), Miller and Underwood, both of whom are struggling but their past suggests they are good coaches
Who is the next best coach?
-Miles has only made the tourney once in his first five years and probably won’t make it this year
-Chambers hasn’t made the tourney or finished better then 7 - 11 in conference play in his first six years and probably wont make it this year
-Chris Collins made the tourney in year four but brought back essentially the same team and they are really bad
-Greg Gard did really well with Bo Ryan’s players but things have slipped a lot this year and is there anyone on that team that good outside of Happ?
-Pitino is a Pitino, I don’t like him and Minnesota not very good again this year
-McCaffery had a good three year run, but slipped a bit last year and is just bad this year
-Steve Pikiell is maybe a good coach but coaches at Rutgers so who knows, its Rutgers
That seems to be a pretty poor bottom half of the conference coaching wise but I was wondering if I am being unfair? Does anyone think one or more of those seven can turn their programs into semi-regular tourney teams? Should any or all of those schools be expecting more?
Thanks for reading and sorry again for the length.