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Grading the notable new college basketball coaches for 2013-14

As the coaching carousel comes to a close, we grade new faces at UCLA, USC, Minnesota and more
<p> As the coaching carousel comes to a close, we grade new faces at UCLA, USC, Minnesota and more</p>

Coaching turnover in college basketball appears to be as tame as ever.

With 39 coaching changes so far, the 2013-14 coaching carousel is poised to be the most inactive since in four years. In each of the last three seasons, at least 50 Division I programs changed coaches.

College Basketball 2014-15: Utah Utes Team Preview

Delon Wright leads a potential breakout season in Salt Lake City
College Basketball 2014-15: Utah Utes Team Preview

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak is not interested in celebrating any checkpoints or milestones in his rebuilding of the program. The Utes clearly are making progress as Krystkowiak enters his fourth season, but he’s not declaring the project ahead of schedule. 

 

College Basketball 2014-15: UCLA Bruins Team Preview

Norman Powell leads UCLA through rebuilding season
College Basketball 2014-15: UCLA Bruins Team Preview

When Steve Alford was chosen to replace longtime coach Ben Howland in April 2013, the hire didn’t exactly have UCLA fans jumping for joy. Howland, after all, had taken the Bruins to three straight Final Fours in the past decade and was fresh off a Pac-12 regular-season title.

College Basketball 2014-15: Pac-12 Predictions and Awards

Brandon Ashley and Arizona lead our preseason picks
College Basketball 2014-15: Pac-12 Predictions and Awards

The Pac-12 hierarchy can be somewhat predictable. Arizona and UCLA usually find their way at or near the top. Washington State and Oregon State generally land at or near the bottom. 

 

College Basketball: Ranking the Pac-12 Coaches for 2014-15

Arizona's Sean Miller leads group short on Final Fours
College Basketball: Ranking the Pac-12 Coaches for 2014-15

The Pac-12 has reversed its fortunes among the major conferences, but there remains an area where the league is lagging.

 

Remember, this is a league that is two years removed from sending only two teams to the NCAA Tournament, its regular season champion not among them.

 

That has changed with 11 NCAA Tournament teams during the last two seasons, three more than the previous three seasons combined.

 

Grading College Basketball's First-Year Coaches in 2013-14

Tubby Smith, Steve Alford among those with stellar debuts
Grading College Basketball's First-Year Coaches in 2013-14

When UCLA and Stephen F. Austin met in the Sweet 16, the game represented two of the success stories for first-year coaches.

UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose hire received lukewarm reviews, advanced the Bruins to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. Meanwhile, Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood became one of the top first-year coaches in NCAA history by going 32-3.

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