All the schools in the middle aren’t as attractive as they used to be. Missouri didn’t even get to first base with Shaka Smart and struck out with Purdue’s Matt Painter last year, then settled for Miami’s Frank Haith, an uninspiring candidate who was coming off a 21-15 season and an NIT bid. North Carolina State was rejected by Smart, Arizona’s Sean Miller and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall last year and settled for retread Mark Gottfried, who was out of coaching after resigning under pressure at Alabama in 2009.
Nice to see that Illinois isn’t the only team having problems. This column does a nice job of pointing out how non-elite jobs aren’t going as easily as they used to.