School basketball teaching adjustments: Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger retires; Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey employed by Charleston


It is official: one 12 months after COVID-19 introduced the teaching carousel to a close to halt, the merry-go-round is twirling at a charge practically regular to most years. 

Thursday afternoon introduced a giant headline: Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger is retiring. Sources informed me that Kruger’s choice was guided largely by two components. The primary being his son, Kevin, getting the UNLV job. Kruger plans to maneuver again to Las Vegas to be round and watch Kevin start his head teaching profession. The second side of that is tragic: Kruger’s former assistant, Lew Hill, was the pinnacle coach at UTRGV and died unexpectedly in early February. That led to some extra urgency for Kruger, who’s lengthy appeared ahead to a vibrant life after teaching. 

Oklahoma will now open a nationwide search with loads of choices — together with a minimum of one man nonetheless teaching within the NCAA Match

The opposite headline from Thursday was Winthrop’s Pat Kelsey leaving for the Charleston job. A number of sources informed me that Charleston was providing $650,000, which is greater than double what Kelsey was making at Winthrop. Charleston is thought to be the very best job within the CAA. Kelsey was at Winthrop 9 seasons and gained three league postseason titles. 

Elsewhere: Earlier this week Minnesota introduced alumnus Ben Johnson was its option to succeed Richard Pitino. The varsity and Johnson agreed to a five-year contract. He graduated from Minnesota in 2005 and was beforehand an assistant on the college from 2013-18. Johnson spent the previous three years as an assistant at Xavier. With Johnson going to Minneapolis, 5 power-conference jobs are open: Indiana, Marquette, Utah, Oklahoma and DePaul. Evaluation on all these openings could be discovered beneath. 

Excessive-profile jobs which have closed in latest days: Minnesota, Iowa State, UNLV and New Mexico.

Indiana: One of the best job in the marketplace this carousel cycle, after all. Each Gary Parrish and I supplied up completely different takes associated to Indiana this week. His was extra tied to this system’s present scenario within the aftermath of firing Archie Miller, whereas my column was tied to Porter Moser’s will-he-won’t-he and why I imagine Marquette is the extra smart touchdown spot for the white-hot teaching candidate. 

Marquette: Steve Wojciechowski made two NCAA Tournaments in his time there (although it will have been three if there was a match in 2020) and completed with a 128-95 report. Marquette was 13-14 this season with an 8-11 Large East report. Moser would appear to be prime precedence, however that must wait as his Ramblers are into the Candy 16. Marquette’s fan base holds its coaches to a excessive commonplace. If for no matter purpose it is not Moser, they need to nonetheless land a very good coach.

Utah: Traditionally it is one of many 20 finest applications in school basketball historical past. It is in an important metropolis, and people acquainted with the faculty basketball scene Rockies-west will inform you that must be a top-four Pac-12 crew two out of each three years. The 2 in-state coaches will clearly be linked — BYU’s Mark Pope and Utah State’s Craig Smith — however at this stage it looks as if Utah alum/New York Knicks assistant Johnnie Bryant is the main candidate, given ESPN reported former main candidate Alex Jensen handed. 

Oklahoma: Joe Castiglione has been the athletic director at OU since 1998 and is but to misfire on a rent in any of Oklahoma’s main sports activities (soccer, males’s and ladies’s basketball). Now he has to fill vacancies in each basketball applications (ladies’s coach Sherri Coale lately retired after 25 seasons with this system). Individuals who ought to get a name embrace Oral Roberts coach Paul Mills, Utah State coach Craig Smith, North Texas coach Grant McCasland and Houston assistant Kellen Sampson. However would possibly OU have its man already within the constructing? Affiliate head coach Carlin Hartman is able to lead a program and has successfully constructed the roster previously 4 years. He’ll get an interview as properly. There’s some buzz about Mark Turgeon leaving Maryland and being a candidate right here, however I am unable to see it. 

DePaul: Dave Leitao is out, and athletic director DeWayne Peevy will get his first probability to make a rent that may rework a dormant program. Sources are telling me the college is attempting to get a rent finalized by Sunday on the newest, however we’ll see. New York Knicks assistant Kenny Payne, together with Cleveland State coach Dennis Gates, are concerned. I would lean that the following coach will come from this group, barring a shock candidate swooping in final minute. 

We’ll proceed to replace information right here because it is available in. Listed below are the 37 jobs which have modified up to now.



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