College basketball coaching changes 2022 tracker, rumors, carousel: Two power conference jobs left to fill


IN — Jon Scheyer | OUT — Mike Krzyzewski
After 42 years, Coach K is walking away once Duke’s season ends. He will leave a massive void in college basketball once he goes, and with 12 Final Fours, five national championships and nearly 1,200 wins, he has a case as the greatest college hoops coach in the sport’s history. At 34, Scheyer, the coach-in-waiting, will by far be the youngest head coach in a power conference. Duke plays Thursday in the Sweet 16 vs. Texas Tech in the West’s regional semifinals. 2

IN — Todd Golden | OUT — Mike White
Golden brought San Francisco to the NCAAs this year, marking the program’s first run to the Big Dance since 1998. He went 57-36 in three seasons as the head coach at USF. Golden has prior experience in the SEC; he was on Bruce Pearl’s staff for two seasons at Auburn from 2014-16. At 36, Golden is the second-youngest power-conference head coach to Scheyer, once Scheyer officially gets that title at Duke.3

IN — Mike White | OUT — Tom Crean
In the end, AD Josh Brooks got what he sought: a sitting head coach with proven success in the NCAA Tournament. White’s career record: 243-127. Crean was fired March 8 after going 47-75 in four seasons and never finishing better than 10th in the SEC. White will have a short move from Gainesville, Florida, after leaving the Gators following seven seasons there. White won six NCAA Tournament games in seven years at Florida. Georgia has as many tournament wins as a program dating back to 1983.4

IN — Jerome Tang | OUT — Bruce Weber
After being courted by mid-majors and a few high-major programs in recent years, the longtime Baylor assistant has found his calling in Manhattan, Kansas. Tang was regarded by many as the best assistant coach at a power-conference school. Now he gets to run a program for the first time in his career. Weber’s resignation ended a 10-year tenure that included five NCAA Tournaments and an Elite Eight run in 2018. Weber went 184-147 at K-State and finished atop the Big 12 standings twice in his time.5

IN — Kenny Pane | OUT — Chris Mack
Payne is a beloved figure in school history and the first Black coach of Louisville’s men’s basketball program. He played on the 1986 championship team and also previously served as an assistant at Kentucky under John Calipari before working for the New York Knicks the past two seasons. Payne signed a six-year deal worth $3.35 million annually. The school remains mired in NCAA-investigation purgatory and awaits potential significant punishment later this year.6

IN — Matt McMahon | OUT — Will Wade
After seven seasons of success with the Racers, Matt McMahon agreed on Monday to become LSU’s next coach. He replaces the disgraced Wade, who arrived at LSU in 2017 and wasted little time making noise both on and off the court. The school received its long-overdue Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in early March, which prompted the process to fire Wade for cause. LSU could face significant sanctions from the NCAA (including a potential postseason ban for multiple years) even after firing Wade. With seven major violations levied against the men’s basketball program, LSU’s future is murky at best heading into this offseason. McMahon is a great coach with a huge challenge ahead of him, but it’s the lone SEC program that’s the only power-conference school in its state.

IN— Kevin Willard | OUT — Mark Turgeon
One of the worst-kept secrets in college basketball became official on Monday when Willard signed a seven-year deal starting at $3.9 million. Willard leaves Seton Hall after 12 years with a 225-161 record, including a 1-5 mark in the NCAA Tournament. Turgeon stepped down in early December after the Terps — a ranked team entering this season — started 5-3.8

IN — Chris Jans | OUT — Clayton Bates
Once New Mexico State made the NCAA Tournament, the Mississippi State job was Jans’ to turn down. He did not do that. Less than 24 hours after New Mexico State lost to Arkansas in the second round of the NCAAs, Jans had agreed to be the Bulldogs’ coach. It’s being near-universally regarded as a perfect fit.

IN — Dennis Gates | OUT — Cuonzo Martin
The Tigers’ fan base is aching for consistency and national relevance, and it just never came under Martin, who arrived in 2017. The Tigers went 2-21 (5-13 SEC) this season; Martin went 78-77 in five seasons. Gates comes via Cleveland State, which went 50-40 over the past three seasons. Gates is a disciple of Leonard Hamilton. He was interviewed by nearly a half-dozen power-conference programs in the past two years and was one of the hottest mid-major names after resurrecting Cleveland State.10

OUT — Kevin Willard
Seton Hall had one of the most underwhelming performances of any 12-seed-or-better in the NCAAs, perhaps giving signal to what everyone knew: Willard was on his way to Maryland. The job should close once Saint Peter’s run in the tournament is done, as sources told CBS Sports that Shaheen Holloway has the job if he wants it. (Which he does.)

OUT — Frank Martin
South Carolina fired after a 10-year tenure, which included one NCAA Tournament appearance — a Final Four run in 2017. With six SEC jobs changing over, South Carolina has been the slowest to the draw and missed out on bigger candidates, the biggest being Sean Miller. Chattanooga’s Lamont Paris and South Carolina alum/Wake Forest assistant B.J. McKie are still in the mix here.12

IN — Sean Miller | OUT — Travis Steele
Steele was nearing the end of his fourth season at the helm of the Musketeers program and was unable to lead Xavier to an NCAA Tournament berth. That caused his firing, and within four days, Xavier got it cleared to hire Miller. It’s a huge homecoming, and might be the hire that can get the Musketeers back into consistent national relevance. Miller made four NCAA Tournaments in five seasons with Xavier in the 2000s, though he’ll like serve some sort of suspension later this year due to an NCAA Level I violation attached to him from his time at Arizona.13

OUT — Mo Williams
Williams was 14-35 in two seasons as coach of the Hornets, but is leaving for Jackson State. The Hornets went 10-21 and just missed making the SWAC Tournament.14

OUT — James Whitford
Nine years with the Cardinals for Whitford, who never made the NCAAs and went 131-146. This is a lower-tier MAC job. The school last won a league title in 2001.15

IN — Levell Sanders | OUT — Tommy Dempsey
Dempsey was out a year ago, but we’re noting this change here because Sanders was promoted in February to the full-time post after serving as interim coach. Binghamton’s 12 wins this season are the most the program has had since 2009-10.16

OUT — Duggar Baucom
Baucom was let go after seven seasons and 77 wins. The Bulldogs went 13-28 this season, tying the program’s most wins in a season under Baucom. Widely regarded as one of the toughest jobs in the sport, the program has never made the NCAA Tournament.17

OUT — Dennis Gates
The Vikings will be on the hunt again, and this is a tough job in the Horizon League. Landing a coach as good as Gates will be a challenge.18

OUT — Mark Gottfried
Gottfried’s staff was put on administrative leave last spring after violations were uncovered at Northridge. Former Stanford/TCU coach Trent Johnson coached the team to a 7-22 record this season.19

IN — Mike Schwartz | OUT — Joe Dooley
The East Carolina job coming open was an open secret for a few weeks. Dooley went 44-67 in four seasons, his best season being this past one (15-15). Schwartz is a defensive mind who is believed to be a tremendous fit for the grit and toughness that this job brings. Can he be the guy to lift ECU out of the American’s cellar?20

IN — Pat Chambers | OUT — Michael Fly
Chambers was was hired March 15. The former Penn State coach left in 2020 amid controversy for racially inappropriate language with former player Rasir Bolton. He spent the past season as an assistant at La Sale. Fly was fired after a 55-59 record through four seasons — and a 21-11 mark in 2021-22.21

OUT — Jamion Christian
Entering the season, it was thought Christian was under some pressure to win. George Washington went 12-18 and opted to fire Christian after only three seasons, an unusually quick hook for an A-10 school. One immediate name that will get a good look is Virginia assistant Jason Williford. This might also be a landing spot for Travis Steele.22

IN — Ryan Pedon | OUT — Dan Muller
The Ohio State assistant coach was the No. 2 pick for the Cincinnati job a year ago. Now Illinois State gets a high-energy up-and-coming name who grinds as hard as just about any power-conference assistant in the game. Hard to figure, but Illinois State last made the NCAAs in 1998.23

IN — Mo Williams | OUT — Wayne Brent
Alabama State coach Mo Williams, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, will take over for Brent, who is retiring. Williams was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and the majority of his family attended Jackson State.

OUT — Fran O’Hanlon
Mike Krzyzewski isn’t the only legend in his conference retiring this year. O’Hanlon, a terrific player once upon a time, spent the past 27 years leading the Leopards. He coached 793 games and is universally respected in the industry.25

OUT — Ashley Howard
La Salle announced Monday that Howard was fired after four seasons in Philadelphia. The Explorers have the worst budget in the Atlantic 10. This is a job that requires a specific kind of coach who both can recruit Philadelphia but also is creative enough to overcome the inherit challenges of the job.26

OUT — Eric Konkol
The Bulldogs lost their head coach to Tulsa on Monday, ending a seven-year run together with him as head coach, but even longer from his days as an assistant. The question becomes, will Kenneth Lofton Jr. remain on this roster or enter the transfer portal? He’s one of the best mid-major players in the country.27

OUT — Matt McCall
The Minutemen never found their footing in five seasons under McCall, amassing a 60-81 record. The UMass job has lost the shine it once carried in the post-John Calipari era. That said, could the school try to lure and land someone like Mark Schmidt to take this job?

IN — Chris Markwood | OUT — Richard Barron
Markwood has experience with Maine, which is huge. Both as a player and a coach. A very tough job. Low budget, way off the map. Maybe as solid of a hire as could be expected here.

OUT — Patrick Baldwin
Had Baldwin’s son/namesake not committed to play for his father this season, Milwaukee would have moved on a year ago. But it waited it out and that decision provided without benefit for the Panthers, who went 10-22 and only had Patrick Baldwin Jr. for 11 games. Question is, will Baldwin Jr. now go to the NBA, or was his stock hurt enough that he should stay and transfer to a power conference for a second season?

IN — George Ivory | OUT — Lindsey Hunter
Hunter resigned after his third season with the Delta Devils. The team was 8-75 during his time. Ivory, who previously coached at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, is MVSU’s fifth coach in a 12-year span. He’s one of the best players in school history.31

OUT — Matt McMahon
McMahon basically had to go this year after guiding Murray State to a 31-3 record. The question is, will assistant Tim Kaine be promoted the way McMahon was after Steve Prohm got the Iowa State job? It’s what I would do. Murray State is jumping to the Missouri Valley this summer.

IN — Chris Crutchfield | OUT — Derrin Hansen
The Mavericks have gone with a powerful personality and great communicator of a coach in Crutchfield. He also has a good foundation and financial support around athletic department. Hansen guided the program from Division II to Division I, but went 10-45 the past two seasons.33

OUT — Chris Jans
A really good job in the WAC with a significant trend of making the NCAA Tournament over the past 15 years. Las Cruces is an outpost of sorts in college hoops, but the program is built to thrive off transfers and junior-college players. It will attract a few quality lesser-known assistants.34

OUT — Mike McConathy
After 23 years, McConathy is retiring as the winningest coach in Northwestern State history. He won 330 games with the Demons (682 in his career) and made the NCAAs thrice — 2001, 2006, 2013. His No. 14 seed Demons team that shocked No. 3 Iowa in 2006 was one of the classic NCAA Tournament upsets of the 2000s.

IN — Archie Miller | OUT — David Cox
Miller opted in after Rhode Island came heavy with a huge financial package and promised all the resources and support Miller could have possibly asked for. URI should almost immediately become a factor again in the A-10.36

OUT — Brian Katz
Katz retired in December after more than 12 years on the job. Brandon Laird has served as the Hornets’ interim coach. Sacramento State went 10-17 in the regular season.37

OUT — Sam Scholl
Coaching in the WCC at schools not named Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and BYU is a tough assignment. Scholl was good in his first year (21-15) but sub-.500 since. One source told CBS Sports that USD AD Bill McGillis wants to hire a sitting head coach.38

IN — Chris Victor | OUT — Jim Hayford
Victor was moved to interim coach, but was promoted to the full-time job after guiding the RedHawks to a 23-8 record with a share of the WAC regular season title. Hayford resigned in November after using a racial slur during a team scrimmage. A subsequent investigation turned up more inappropriate behavior, leading to his ouster.39

IN — Eric Peterson | OUT — Todd Lee
A surprising firing, as Lee was let go after a 66-52 four-year run with the Coyotes. Lee was the 2021 Summit League coach of the year. Peterson, a former Utah assistant, previously served on staff with South Dakota when Craig Smith coached there from 2014-18.40

IN — Eric Konkol | OUT — Frank Haith
The Golden Hurricane lured Konkol out of Conference USA and into the American Athletic Conference. Konkol will need to get to work immediately in the transfer portal to build out as best he can and try to get this program into the top half of the league in two years’ time. 

OUT — Clayton Bates
A quick hook for Bates — he resigned — after being hired in 2020. Western Michigan was 13-29 and finished last in the MAC this season. The Broncos last made the NCAAs in 2014.


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