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Replacement Coaches For Every ACC Program

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NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Miami-Florida
Jim Larranaga and Roy Williams could be golfing all day in a few years.
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The college basketball season starts with optimism in most places but inevitably, by the end of the season, some teams are disappointments and, at some point, every coach is replaced.

So we thought we’d take a stab at candidates to replace every ACC coach.

  • Boston College - the Eagles need a good recruiter and a big name, preferably someone with experience in New England. We can think of a guy who fits all of that and who is burning for a chance to redeem himself. And a chance to compete against kill Louisville, even though he would deny it, would make Rick Pitino very, very happy. He’s still radioactive though so maybe former BC assistant Ed Cooley.
  • Clemson - they could use a young go-getter with familiarity with the ACC and who has succeeded at a school with spotty basketball history. Who fills that bill better than UNCG’s Wes Miller?
  • Florida State - Leonard Hamilton has mastered the art of being competitive yet not being a real threat. Presumably FSU would like to take it to the next level. Gregg Marshall would be a great fit and his arrogance would go over well with the FSU fan base which often feels insecure. Plus he’s seen better days at Wichita.
  • Georgia Tech - Whenever they give up on Josh Pastner, the Yellow Jackets need a mature coach who has integrity, respect and a history of winning. Why not Johnny Dawkins? Bonus: ACC teams seem to go after Duke assistants (or former assistants) pretty often anyway.
  • Louisville - Richard Pitino obviously. Kidding! But Kelvin Sampson could be lured.
  • Miami - The Hurricanes have prospered under Jim Larranaga but might like a younger coach whenever he quits. Who would love Coral Gables and the Miami lifestyle? Too bad Buzz Peterson’s not available. Too bad Lute Olson is not available. He’d be perfect. The next best thing? TJ Otzelberger. Because moving from Vegas to Miami must makes sense.
  • North Carolina - They’ll want to keep it in the family and he hasn’t proven himself yet but how about Jerry Stackhouse? If he could win at UNC he’d be a huge force. People might even overlook his personality.
  • Notre Dame - They’d like a guy with a track record and energy and being Catholic wouldn’t hurt. Is Porter Moser Catholic?
  • NC State - Kevin Keatts should be there for a good while but in keeping with State’s long tradition of hiring guys from smaller programs, why not Dan Muller from Illinois State?
  • Pitt - Jeff Capel should be there for a long time but after Capel? Nate Oates? He can't possibly stay at Alabama. Can he? He just doesn't seem like an SEC guy. Pitt could call him home.
  • Syracuse - with Mike Hopkins killing it at Washington the first call will go there.
  • Virginia - Ron Sanchez of course. They won’t want to let go of Bennett Ball and Sanchez is going to be pretty good at it.
  • Virginia Tech - Somehow the toughest of all. This one could used a sorting hat, a la Hogwarts; if there was one for basketball it might look for a guy who's good but out and looking to get back in. So why not Bryce Drew?
  • Wake Forest - They might get first dibs on Wes Miller and he might prefer a Big Four team. Just not Wake Forest (or Duke or NC State). We can think of a guy who isn’t busy right now who’d be a great fit for Wake Forest who knows the school well and who has one huge, massive, never to be topped credential: the first 16 seed to win an NCAA game. We refer of course to Ryan Odom, son of former coach Dave, and who is still benefitting from UMBC’s massive upset of Virginia two NCAA tournaments ago.

But what about Duke you say? Well it’s hard to imagine Duke without Coach K but he’s turned it into such a powerhouse that it could make a lot of big time choices. If it stays in the family then Bobby Hurley, or Wojo, or Chris Collins or Tommy Amaker or possibly Jon Scheyer. If not? Lots of people would like to see Brad Stevens in Durham.

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