Follow the bouncing coach Increased pressures at all levels spark a season of change; Men's college basketball preview

THE BALTIMORE SUN

They are supposed to be the constants, the anchors holding " firm in college basketball's swirling sea of change. In a sport in which players often leave before their eligibility runs out, the stability of the coaches becomes the focal point upon which alumni dollars are raised and television ratings generated.

But that stability is being threatened heading into the 1997-98 season.

More than a fifth of the 306 schools with Division I programs will have new head coaches. The recent reassignment of Liberty coach Jeff Meyer brings the number of coaching changes to 63 since the end of last season. Many left for better jobs, others were fired and a few, including a legend named Dean Smith, simply retired.

The number of changes -- representing a shade more than 20 percent -- is the second-largest since the NCAA began keeping records on coaching moves in 1950. The only year when there were more changes was 1987, when 66 of 290 Division I teams switched coaches. In contrast, as recently as 1994, there were only 33 changes among 301 schools.

The two winningest programs of all time found themselves in the market after Rick Pitino left Kentucky for the Boston Celtics last spring and Smith, in a surprise announcement, left North Carolina for the golf course last month, replaced by longtime assistant Bill Guthridge.

Another high-profile program, Michigan, recently removed Steve Fisher for alleged NCAA improprieties after an eight-year stint that included three Final Fours and one national championship.

But this coaching carousel is a trend that seems to afflict programs at every tier of Division I.

Some coaches wound up with better jobs -- albeit interim positions -- despite not being rehired at their former schools. After Brian Ellerbe did not return to Loyola for his fourth season by what was called "mutual consent" with athletic director Joe Boylan, he was hired as an assistant at Michigan and later was named to direct the Wolverines this season. Ditto for Don Newman, who went 20-114 in five years at Sacramento State and is now coaching Arizona State after Bill Frieder was fired.

Why are more coaches being fired, particularly at the middle and lower level on which most schools in Division I reside? There are myriad reasons, some as simple as a won-lost record or not adhering to NCAA rules; others are more complex, such as not building the fan support needed to raise money that helps defray the cost of the school's nonrevenue sports, or being perceived ++ as not fitting in with the community or the philosophy of the athletic program.

"Where it has changed the most is at the lower levels of Division I," said Virginia athletic director Terry Holland. "The pressures that were normally reserved for only the top 60 programs in the country have been passed down. It's a lot easier for athletic directors to hire a new coach and give him an extra $30,000 or $40,000 than fix an entire program for hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Holland, who was previously the athletic director at Davidson, said that he was able to stick with Bob McKillop for several losing years because expectations were not high at the small school outside Charlotte, N.C. McKillop finally turned things around. But others were not as fortunate and their athletic director not as patient as Holland, a former coach at Davidson and Virginia.

Terry Truax, who in 14 years took Towson State twice to the NCAA tournament, was fired by new athletic director Wayne Edwards last March after a 9-19 season. He was told that the school wanted to go "in a new direction." Edwards wound up hiring Mike Jaskulski, an assistant at Miami. Truax said he understands the pitfalls of a profession in which most Division I coaches make more than $100,000 a year and many between $350,000 and $500,000.

"The coaches have created their own monster," said Truax, who recently was offered a job coaching a professional team in Seoul, South Korea. "Dean Smith said that most coaches are overpaid. When you have a $500,000 job, you might do certain things to protect that lifestyle, like cut corners when it comes to recruiting. And you also have athletic administrators who start to feel the pressure to generate money."

Truax had tried to take advantage of his success and came close to leaving Towson a couple of times. But coaches sometimes stay too long. Others leave before they're going to get fired, as was the case with Pat Kennedy's going to DePaul from Florida State after several run-ins with new athletic director Dave Hart. When a request for a contract extension was turned down, Kennedy left despite having three years remaining.

The man who replaced him, Steve Robinson, left Tulsa despite signing a seven-year contract weeks after being courted by Memphis and Tennessee and three months before Hart contacted him. It left much bitterness among Robinson's former employers and raised the question as to why coaches can leave without much, if any penalty, but players who transfer are usually required to sit out an entire season.

The attraction of big-name coaches is as strong as it has ever been, even if the coach has lost some of his luster. Georgia State and Jacksonville hired Lefty Driesell and Hugh Durham, respectively, and Rhode Island brought in Jim Harrick less than a year after he was fired at UCLA for lying to his athletic director about a recruiting dinner.

Driesell, who was fired at James Madison seven victories shy of reaching 700, was hired to build a program with no tradition. Durham was brought in to revive a program that had gone to the Final Four in 1970, something Durham himself had done at Georgia in 1983. Harrick was given a second chance on a career that had seemingly had reached its height with a national championship in 1995.

Many coaches wind up staying put. It would have made perfect sense for Dave Odom to leave Wake Forest along with Tim Duncan, and he reportedly had the chance to go to Georgia or Tennessee. Ben Braun, who spent 11 years at Eastern Michigan before going to California last year, was offered the Michigan job last month. He turned it down and signed a 10-year contract at Cal.

"I like to get to know the neighborhood deli, I like to get to know the neighbors and I even like to get to know my players," Braun said. "If you get to know your players, you have a better chance to coach them. But like anyone else, when the opportunities are there in your profession, you have to consider them. I take it as a compliment to have my name mentioned. But that's not my motivation for coaching."

Said Odom: "Coaches are like other people. We feel pressure. If we can make a change, we feel that the change is always going to be for the better. What we know is that change isn't always for the better. The problems in the short term [at the current school] you might trade for long-term problems somewhere else. At some point, doing something different gives way to stability. Where I live becomes more important than what I'm doing."

Boylan, athletic director at Loyola, said that the tumult in the coaching profession has a lot to do with the exposure the sport receives. It could be called the ESPN generation, with Dick Vitale as its chief spokesman. (Vitale, of course, reached this vaunted position after getting fired by the Detroit Pistons.) Coaches, players and the media are not the only ones watching -- administrators are, too.

"Basketball is like baseball; everybody thinks they can coach a college basketball team," Boylan said.

Edwards, athletic director at Towson, said that the popularity of the sport has led to the widespread changes in the coach's office.

"It's a sport that's very, very visible," said Edwards, who admittedly was influenced by moves made at other America East schools in his decision regarding Truax . "Basketball offers most institutions some degree of recognition without spending millions and millions of dollars like some schools do in football."

And Odom, who is now looking to maintain the level of success he had during Duncan's four years, said that college basketball is merely a reflection of college athletics as a whole.

"College athletics right now is in a state of flux," Odom said. "College presidents, the NCAA, coaches themselves, each as a body is trying to decide what they want college athletics to look like. We've got a lot of different issues to resolve -- Title IX and gender equity being the most visible -- and we're trying to get it all together. Coaches are not the only ones moving around. You see it with athletic directors and presidents, too."

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Don Markus' projected 64-team NCAA tournament field

Team -- Arizona

Conference -- Pac-10

Last season's record -- 25-9

Tournament result -- Beat Kentucky in NCAA championship game

Player to watch -- So. G Mike Bibby

Overview -- The Wildcats have a chip on their shoulder after being picked second in the league

Team -- Arkansas

Conference -- SEC

Last season's record -- 18-14

Tournament result -- Lost to Connecticut in third round of NIT

Player to watch -- Jr. G Kareem Reid

Overview -- Razorbacks come back with top seven players and no lingering NCAA investigation

Team -- Butler

Conference -- Midwestern Collegiate

Last season's record -- 23-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Cincinnati in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Jon Neuhouser

Overview -- A team that plays its home games in fabled Hinkle Field House has to have some magic

Team -- California

Conference -- Pac-10

Last season's record -- 23-9

Tournament result -- Lost to North Carolina in Sweet 16 of NCAA

Player to watch -- So. G Sean Jackson

Overview -- Despite losing five starters, Ben Braun passed up chance to return to Michigan

Team -- Central Florida

Conference -- Trans America

Last season's record -- 7-19

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. G Mark Jones

Overview -- Transfers Jones (Minn.) and Bucky Hodge (Ga. Tech) could help unseat Coll. of Charleston

Team -- Clemson

Conference -- ACC

Last season's record -- 23-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Minnesota in Sweet 16 of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Terrell McIntyre

Overview -- Tigers have depth and balance to win ACC

Team -- Cincinnati

Conference -- Conference USA

Last season's record -- 26-8

Tournament result -- Lost to Iowa State in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Michael Horton

Overview -- With eligibility questions looming, a likely bid has become a big question mark

Team -- Connecticut

Conference -- Big East

Last season's record -- 18-15

Tournament result -- Lost to Florida State in NIT semifinal

Player to watch -- So. G Richard Hamilton

Overview -- With all five starters back, the Huskies should be back in national picture

Team -- Coppin State

Conference -- Mid-Eastern Athletic

Last season's record -- 22-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Texas in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Antoine Brockington

Overview -- The Eagles won't be able to sneak up on any of their early-season opponents

Team -- Davidson

Conference -- Southern

Last season's record -- 18-10

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Jr. G Ali Ton

Overview -- It has been a long time coming for this beleaguered program and Bob McKillop

Team -- Duke

Conference -- ACC

Last season's record -- 24-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Providence in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Trajan Langdon

Overview -- Best recruiting class since Fab Five has added size to perimeter game

@Team -- Florida State

Conference -- ACC

Last season's record -- 20-12

Tournament result -- Lost to Michigan in NIT final

Player to watch -- Jr. F Randell Jackson

Overview -- New coach Steve Robinson brings discipline to talented underachievers

Team -- Fresno State

Conference -- WAC

Last season's record -- 20-12

Tournament result -- Lost to Nevada in first round of NIT

Player to watch -- Jr. G Chris Herren

Overview -- Will things ever quiet down under Jerry Tarkanian for Bulldogs to realize their potential?

Team -- George Washington

Conference -- Atlantic 10

Last season's record -- 15-14

Tournament result -- Lost to Michigan State in first round of NIT

Player to watch -- Jr. G Shawnta Rogers

Overview -- The Colonials might have underachieved more than

any team in the country last season

Team -- Georgia

Conference -- SEC

Last season's record -- 24-9

Tournament result -- Lost to UT-Chatt. in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G G.G. Smith

Overview -- G.G.'s dad, Tubby, didn't leave the cupboard bare with all five starters returning

Team -- Hartford

Conference -- America East

Last season's record -- 17-11

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. F Ryan Howse

Overview -- With seven of top eight players back, the Hawks could make NCAA tournament for first time

Team -- Illinois

Conference -- Big Ten

Last season's record -- 22-10

Tournament result -- Lost to UT-Chatt. in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Jerry Hester

Overview -- The Fighting Illini have only three players taller than 6-6

Team -- Illinois State

Conference -- Missouri Valley

Last season's record -- 24-6

Tournament result -- Lost to Iowa State in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. F Rico Hill

Overview -- Four returning starters is a big reason Kevin Stallings turned down Michigan

Team -- Iona

Conference -- Metro Atlantic

Last season's record -- 22-8

Tournament result -- Lost to UConn. in first round of NIT

Player to watch -- So. F Tariq Kirksay

Overview -- Gaels have been dominant in regular season but are still looking for first NCAA bid since 1985

Team -- Iowa

Conference -- Big Ten

Last season's record -- 22-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Kentucky in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Jess Settles

Overview -- The return of former all-conference player Settles gives Hawkeyes best frontcourt in league

Team -- Iowa State

Conference -- Big 12

Last season's record -- 22-9

Tournament result -- Lost to UCLA in Sweet 16 of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Jerry Curry

Overview -- The last time the Cyclones were supposed to be rebuilding, they won 23 games in 1995

Team -- Indiana

Conference -- Big Ten

Last season's record -- 22-11

Tournament result -- Lost to Colorado in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Andre Patterson

Overview -- If Bob Knight loses this team, even Hoosiers fans might finally be fed up

@Team -- Jackson State

Conference -- Southwestern Athletic

Last season's record -- 14-16

Tournament result -- Lost to Kansas in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr F Trent Pulliam

Overview -- All but two players who accounted for 98 points and 108 rebounds return

Team -- Kansas

Conference -- Big 12

Last season's record -- 34-2

Tournament result -- Lost to Arizona in Sweet 16 of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. F Paul Pierce

Overview -- The Jayhawks might want to win one for Roy Williams in case he leaves for Chapel Hill

Team -- Kentucky

Conference -- SEC

Last season's record -- 35-5

Tournament result -- Lost to Arizona in NCAA final

Player to watch -- Sr. G Allen Edwards

Overview -- Tubby Smith will have the same pressure as Rick Pitino but not nearly the talent

Team -- Louisville

Conference -- Conference USA

Last season's record -- 26-9

Tournament result -- Lost to North Carolina in East Regional final

Player to watch -- So. F Nate Johnson

Overview -- Denny Crum will start a new backcourt for the first time in a decade

Team -- Long Island

Conference -- Northeast

Last season's record -- 21-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Villanova in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Charles Jones

Overview -- The 1-2 punch of Jones and Richie Parker should

again be too strong for this league

Team -- Marquette

Conference -- Conference USA

Last season's record -- 22-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Providence in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Aaron Hutchins

Overview -- The Golden Eagles will need to be a bit more consistent during the regular season

Team -- Maryland

Conference -- ACC

Last season's record -- 22-11

Tournament result -- Lost to Coll. of Char. in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Laron Profit

Overview -- Terrapins must compensate for loss of Keith Booth

@Team -- Miami of Ohio

Conference -- Mid-American

Last season's record -- 21-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Clemson in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. F Wally Szczerbiak

Overview -- The Red Hawks have to replace college basketball's most dreadlocked player, Devin Davis

Team -- Minnesota

Conference -- Big Ten

Last season's record -- 31-4

Tournament result -- Lost to Kentucky in NCAA semifinal

Player to watch -- Sr. G Sam Jacobson

Overview -- The Gophers have raised expectations, but the loss of Bobby Jackson could be devastating

Team -- Mississippi

Conference -- SEC

Last season's record -- 20-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Temple in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Ansu Sesay

Overview -- The Rebels now must back up their first 20-win season in nearly 60 years

Team -- Mississippi State

Conference -- SEC

Last season's record -- 12-18

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. F Horatio Webster

Overview -- A down year in Starkville will be forgotten as all five starters return

Team -- Murray State

Conference -- Ohio Valley

Last season's record -- 20-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Duke in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Deteri Mayes

Overview -- The Racers should have enough to compensate for losses of Vincent Rainey and Vincent Dahl

Team -- Navy

Conference -- Patriot

Last season's record -- 20-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Utah in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Michael Heary

Overview -- With four starters back, Mids should take advantage of Adonal Foyle's early exit from Colgate

Team -- New Mexico

Conference -- WAC

Last season's record -- 25-8

Tournament result -- Lost to Louisville in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. C Kenny Thomas

Overview -- Lobos will have to compensate for the loss of Charles Thomas, the school's all-time scorer

Team -- North Carolina

Conference -- ACC

Last season's record -- 28-7

Tournament result -- Lost to Arizona in NCAA semifinal

Player to watch -- Jr. F Antawn Jamison

Overview -- Dean Smith's retirement puts spotlight on longtime assistant Bill Guthridge

Team -- N.C. Charlotte

Conference -- Conference USA

Last season's record -- 22-9

Tournament result -- Lost to Utah in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F DeMarco Johnson

Overview -- Second-year coach Melvin Watkins will have trouble duplicating rookie season

Team -- North Carolina State

Conference -- ACC

Last season's record -- 17-15

Tournament result -- Lost to SW Mo. State in third round of NIT

Player to watch -- So. G Justin Gainey

Overview -- Wolfpack went to the ACC tournament final as eighth seed in Herb Sendek's first season

Team -- Northern Arizona

Conference -- Big Sky

Last season's record -- 21-7

Tournament result -- Lost to Arkansas in first round of NIT

Player to watch -- So. G Ross Land

Overview -- The Lumberjacks led the country in three-point shooting (41.9 percent)

Team -- Oklahoma

Conference -- Big 12

Last season's record -- 19-11

Tournament result -- Lost to Stanford in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Corey Brewer

Overview -- After four tries, Kelvin Sampson is still looking for first

NCAA victory

Team -- Old Dominion

Conference -- Colonial Athletic

Last season's record -- 22-11

Tournament result -- Lost to New Mexico in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Mike Byers

Overview -- Despite loss of Odell Hodge, the Monarchs have become the league's most dominant team

Team -- Pacific

Conference -- Big West

Last season's record -- 24-6

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. C Michael Olowokandi

Overview -- The 7-foot Olowokandi and senior guard Adam Jacobsen are healthy for Tigers

Team -- Princeton

Conference -- Ivy

Last season's record -- 24-4

Tournament result -- Lost to California in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Gabe Lewullis

Overview -- Pete Who? Bill Carmody's first season proved that the system works pretty well

Team -- Purdue

Conference -- Big Ten

Last season's record -- 18-12

Tournament result -- Lost to Kansas in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Chad Austin

Overview -- NCAA investigation might affect Boilermakers' season and Gene Keady's boiling point

Team -- Radford

Conference -- Big South

Last season's record -- 15-13

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. F Corey Reed

Overview -- Highlanders might have enough experience to give Ron Bradley his first NCAA invitation

Team -- Rhode Island

Conference -- Atlantic 10

Last season's record -- 20-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Purdue in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Tyson Wheeler

Overview -- Former UCLA coach Jim Harrick gets new life with Rams

Team -- St. John's

Conference -- Big East

Last season's record -- 13-14

Tournament result -- Did not appear in postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. C Zendon Hamilton

Overview -- Now seniors, Hamilton and Felipe Lopez finally might be ready to go to the Big Dance

Team -- San Francisco

Conference -- West Coast

Last season's record -- 16-13

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. F Hakeem Ward

Overview -- The Dons will be looking to go back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years

Team -- South Alabama

Conference -- Sun Belt

Last season's record -- 23-7

Tournament result -- Lost to Arizona in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. F Rico Alderson

Overview -- Bill Musselman took off for the NBA after spat with new AD, but Jags have four starters back

Team -- South Carolina

Conference -- SEC

Last season's record -- 24-8

Tournament result -- Lost to Coppin State in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Melvin Watson

Overview -- The Gamecocks are still thinking about their NCAA loss to the Eagles

Team -- Stanford

Conference -- Pac-10

Last season's record -- 22-8

Tournament result -- Lost to Utah in Sweet 16 of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. C Tim Young

Overview -- Arthur Lee has the unenviable job of taking over the point for Brevin Knight

Team -- Stephen F. Austin

Conference -- Southland

Last season's record -- 12-15

Tournament result -- Was not invited to postseason

Player to watch -- Sr. F Wayne Allen

Overview -- The town of Nacogdoches might never be the same if the Lumberjacks get NCAA bid

Team -- Syracuse

Conference -- Big East

Last season's record -- 19-13

Tournament result -- Lost to Florida State in first round of NIT

Player to watch -- Sr. F Todd Burgan

Overview -- It has been only two years since the Orangemen went to the Final Four, it only seems like 20

Team -- SW Missouri State

Conference -- Missouri Valley

Last season's record -- 24-9

Tournament result -- Lost to N.C. State in first round of NIT

Player to watch -- Jr. C Danny Moore

Overview -- Steve Alford's coaching star continues to rise

Team -- Temple

Conference -- Atlantic 10

Last season's record -- 20-11

Tournament result -- Lost to Minnesota in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G R. Brokenborough

Overview -- Owls will need to fill void left by Mark Jackson's early exit and death of Marvin Webster Jr.

Team -- Texas

Conference -- Big 12

Last season's record -- 18-12

Tournament result -- Lost to Louisville in Sweet 16 of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Kris Clack

Overview -- Longhorns will have to replace Reggie Freeman's 21.8 points., 7.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists

Team -- UCLA

Conference -- Pac-10

Last season's record -- 24-8

Tournament result -- Lost to Minnesota in Midwest Regional final

Player to watch -- Sr. G Toby Bailey

Overview -- Suspensions of Jelani McCoy (season) and Kris Johnson (indefinite) put cloud over Bruins

Team -- UNLV

Conference -- WAC

Last season's record -- 22-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Arkansas in third round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. C Keon Clark

Overview -- The Runnin' Rebels will improve when Clark and transfer Kevin Simmons become eligible

Team -- Utah

Conference -- WAC

Last season's record -- 29-4

Tournament result -- Lost to Kentucky in West Regional final

Player to watch -- Sr. C Michael Doleac

Overview -- The Utes are out to prove that there is life after Keith Van Horn

Team -- Valparaiso

Conference -- Mid-Continent

Last season's record -- 24-7

Tournament result -- Lost to Boston College in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Sr. G Bryce Drew

Overview -- Valpo is looking for its fifth straight league title and third straight trip to NCAA

Team -- Villanova

Conference -- Big East

Last season's record -- 21-10

Tournament result -- Lost to California in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Fr. G Jermaine Medley

Overview -- Four starters are gone, but it doesn't take much to rebuild these days in Big East

Team -- Wisconsin

Conference -- Big Ten

Last season's record -- 18-10

Tournament result -- Lost to Texas in first round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. F Sam Okey

Overview -- All the focus will be on Okey now that Paul Grant is in the NBA

Team -- Xavier

Conference -- Atlantic 10

Last season's record -- 23-6

Tournament result -- Lost to UCLA in second round of NCAA

Player to watch -- Jr. G Lenny Brown

Overview -- Skip Prosser has made the Musketeers' fans forget all about Pete Gillen

Coaching shuffle

The biggest change in college basketball this season is on the bench. There are 63 new coaches among the 306 Division I programs.

School ............... Former coach .......... New coach

American ............. Chris Knoche .......... Art Perry

Arizona State ........ Bill Frieder .......... Don Newman

Army ................. Dino Gaudio ........... Pat Harris

Bethune-Cookman ...... Tony Sheals ........... Horace Broadnax

Boston College ....... Jim O'Brien ........... Al Skinner

Bowling Green ........ Jim Larranga .......... Dan Dakich

Brigham Young ........ Tony Ingle ............ Steve Cleveland

Irvine ............ Rod Baker ............. Pat Douglass

Canisius ............. John Beilein .......... Mike MacDonald

Centenary ............ Tom Vardeman .......... Billy Kennedy

Central Michigan ..... Leonard Drake ......... Jay Smith

Chattanooga ....... Mack McCarthy ......... Henry Dickerson

Delaware State ....... Art Perry ............. James Dubose

DePaul ............... Joey Meyer ............ Pat Kennedy

Eastern Kentucky ..... Mike Calhoun .......... Scott Perry

Florida State ........ Pat Kennedy ........... Steve Robinson

Furman ............... Jon Cantafio .......... Larry Davis

George Mason ......... Paul Westhead ......... Jim Larranaga

Georgia .............. Tubby Smith ........... Ron Jirsa

Georgia State ........ Carter Wilson ......... Lefty Driesell

Gonzaga .............. Dan Fitzgerald ........ Don Monson

Hampton .............. Byrone Samuels ........ Steve Merfeld*

Idaho ................ Kermit Davis .......... David Farrar

Indiana State ........ Sherman Dillard ....... Royce Waltman

Jacksonville ......... George Scholz ......... Hugh Durham

James Madison ........ Lefty Driesell ........ Sherman Dillard

Kentucky ............. Rick Pitino ........... Tubby Smith

Liberty .............. Jeff Meyer ............ Randy Dunton*

Louisiana State ...... Dale Brown ............ John Brady

Loyola ............... Brian Ellerbe ......... Dino Gaudio

Loyola Marymount ..... John Olive ............ Charles Bradley

Memphis .............. Larry Finch ........... Tic Price

Mercer ............... Bill Hodges ........... Mark Slonaker

Michigan ............. Steve Fisher .......... Brian Ellerbe*

Morehead State ....... Dick Fick ............. Kyle Macy

New Mexico State ..... Neil McCarthy ......... Lou Henson*

New Orleans .......... Tic Price ............. Joey Stiebing

North Carolina ....... Dean Smith ............ Bill Guthridge

North Texas .......... Tim Jankovich ......... Vic Trilli

Northwestern ......... Ricky Byrdsong ........ Kevin O'Neill

Ohio State ........... Randy Ayers ........... Jim O'Brien

Oral Roberts ......... Bill Self ............. Barry Hinson

Oregon ............... Jerry Green ........... Ernie Kent

Rhode Island ......... Al Skinner ............ Jim Harrick

Richmond ............. Bill Dooley ........... John Beilein

Rider ................ Kevin Bannon .......... Don Harnum

Rutgers .............. Bob Wenzel ............ Kevin Bannon

Sacramento State ..... Don Newman ............ Tommy Abatemarco

Mary's ........... Ernie Kent ............ Dave Bollwinkel

Samford .............. John Brady ............ Jimmy Tillette

Seton Hall ........... George Blaney ......... Tommy Amaker

Siena ................ Robert Beyer .......... Paul Hewitt

South Alabama ........ Bill Musselman ........ Bob Weltlich*

Missouri State .... Ron Shumate ........... Gary Garner

SW Louisiana ......... Marty Fletcher ........ Jessie Evans

Stetson .............. Randy Brown ........... Murray Arnold

Tennessee ............ Kevin O'Neill ......... Jerry Green

Texas-Pan American ... Mark Adams ............ Delray Brooks

Towson ............... Terry Truax ........... Mike Jaskulski

Tulsa ................ Steve Robinson ........ Bill Self

Virginia Tech ........ Bill Foster ........... Bobby Hussey

Wright State ......... Jim Brown ............. Ed Schilling

Wyoming .............. Joby Wright ........... Larry Shyatt

* -- interim

Pub Date: 11/13/97

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