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The Coaching Carousel Is Getting Up To Speed

Will it affect Duke?

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Mar 15, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings reacts during the first half against the Wichita State Shockers of First Four of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Dayton Arena.
Mar 15, 2016; Dayton, OH, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Kevin Stallings reacts during the first half against the Wichita State Shockers of First Four of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Dayton Arena.
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The coaching carousel has cranked up and they're being fired and hired left and right, pretty much like always.

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The big news for Duke fans is Georgia Tech's interest in Jeff Capel.

Well of course they are: Capel has a track record as a coach and a recruiter and Tech could use a guy who does both well.

Who knows what Capel is thinking? Is he interested in coaching against his boss and former coach and his alma mater? Is he interested in possibly coaching at Duke eventually?

It's a great opportunity for someone. But as Mark Bradley said in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it's not Duke.

Kevin Stallings has been officially introduced at Pitt and while there was some hostility to his move, at least one person attending the presser was immensely impressed.

Meanwhile out West, former NC State coach Herb Sendek has a new job: he'll be taking over at Santa Clara.

Poor Santa Clara.

Well maybe that's a little harsh. But Sendek is Sendek. When he left Miami of Ohio, a columnist there wrote that Sendek "smiled once. It was a Thursday."

We remembered that, but perhaps inaccurately. Still, that's the gist of it.

At State, he was fond of "daytight compartments" and boring offense. We went to one game and left at halftime. There were 3,000 people in what was then the ESA.

He fled State so unhappy that he refused to take part in a documentary on the program, though given how he was treated you can hardly blame him. State fans were very unkind to him.

But he took his slow offense and his risk-averse style to the desert and after a few years, folks there got bored and frustrated too, though they certainly behaved better than State fans did which is amazing considering the history of boorish behavior at Arizona State.

So Santa Clara, which has some tradition having produced Ken Sears, Kurt Rambis and Steve Nash, and which has appeared in 11 tournaments and produced some significant upsets over the years including Arizona, Maryland and UNC, is now entrusting its program to the closest thing the basketball world has to an green shade accountant.

And it's not like Sendek is a bad guy. He's not. From all accounts he's a nice man, dedicated to his family and deeply religious (being at a Catholic school should make him happy).

He's just a mediocre coach. He's not particularly good with people and his teams take on his restrained personality.

There was little joy at State. It ran out at ASU. At some point, it'll run out at Santa Clara too.