College basketball coaching carousel: Grading 2016’s best and worst hires after a full recruiting cycle


Time has come for CBS Sports’ annual review of the biggest coaching hires in college basketball — four years after they were made. 

Let’s check the files to see which athletic directors knew what they were doing during the carousel spins of 2016. You’ll recall that was the year Villanova won the national title at the buzzer, courtesy of Kris Jenkins. It was also the final season for Tubby Smith at Texas Tech, Josh Pastner at Memphis, Bo Ryan at Wisconsin and Eddie Jordan at Rutgers, among others. (You can see the entire list here.)

As I’ve explained in each of the previous three Aprils (we first came up with this idea in 2017, and you can read the four-years-post evaluations hires from 2013, 2014 and 2015 in those links right there), a balanced way of grading out a school’s hiring is to give a coach a full “recruiting cycle,” which is a four-year span. We’ve got a mixed bag to sort through here. 

When handing out grades, everything from overall record to NCAA Tournament showings to NCAA issues (where applicable) and of course recruiting prowess is considered. 

Grading the most notable hires from 2016

All hires listed below come from college basketball’s Major Seven conferences: ACC, American Athletic Conference, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.



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