Sharing the Wealth: Remote Chance of New Coach Inheriting All-American

An average of 50 schools annually get new bench bosses but the chances of a coach inheriting an All-American are slim and none in an era of players departing early for the NBA if they generate any success at all. Only two players in the last 25 years exemplified supreme loyalty as All-Americans for two different coaches - North Carolina's Antawn Jamison (Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge in 1997 and 1998) and Notre Dame's Troy Murphy (Matt Doherty and Mike Brey in 2000 and 2001).

Yale's Tony Lavelli is the only player in NCAA history to become a major-college All-American under three different head coaches (Red Rolfe in 1946, Ivy Williamson in 1947 and Howard Hobson in 1948 and 1949). Larry Brown, Doherty's successor at Southern Methodist, is among the coaches who have shared an All-American as UCLA's Rod Foster was also an A-A under Larry Farmer. Following is an alphabetical list of major-college players who earned All-American accolades under two different coaches:

Player School Coaches and All-American Years
Ernie Andres Indiana Everett Dean (1938) and Branch McCracken (1939)
Gene Banks Duke Bill Foster (1979) and Mike Krzyzewski (1981)
Butch Beard Louisville Peck Hickman (1967) and John Dromo (1969)
Larry Bird Indiana State Bob King (1977 and 1978) and Bill Hodges (1979)
Charley Brown Seattle John Castellani (1958) and Vince Cazzetta (1959)
Bill Cartwright San Francisco Bob Gaillard (1977 and 1978) and Dan Belluomini (1979)
Kresimir Cosic Brigham Young Stan Watts (1972) and Glenn Potter (1973)
Bob Cousy Holy Cross Doggie Julian (1948) and Buster Sheary (1949 and 1950)
Hook Dillon North Carolina Ben Carnevale (1946) and Tom Scott (1947)
Rod Foster UCLA Larry Farmer (1981) and Larry Brown (1983)
Artis Gilmore Jacksonville Joe Williams (1970) and Tom Wasdin (1971)
Jack Gray Texas Ed Olle (1934) and Marty Kanow (1935)
Tom Heinsohn Holy Cross Buster Sheary (1955) and Roy Leenig (1956)
Antawn Jamison North Carolina Dean Smith (1997) and Bill Guthridge (1998)
Ron Johnson Minnesota Ozzie Cowles (1959) and John Kundla (1960)
Leo Klier Notre Dame Moose Krause (1944) and Elmer Ripley (1946)
Butch Lee Marquette Al McGuire (1977) and Hank Raymonds (1978)
Mike Maloy Davidson Lefty Driesell (1968 and 1969) and Terry Holland (1970)
Dick McGuire St. John's Joe Lapchick (1947) and Frank McGuire (1949)
Jim McIntyre Minnesota Dave MacMillan (1948) and Ozzie Cowles (1949)
Calvin Murphy Niagara Jim Maloney (1968) and Frank Layden (1969 and 1970)
Troy Murphy Notre Dame Matt Doherty (2000) and Mike Brey (2001)
Eddie Phillips Alabama C.M. Newton (1980) and Wimp Sanderson (1982)
David Robinson Navy Paul Evans (1986) and Pete Herrmann (1987)
Dave Schellhase Purdue Ray Eddy (1965) and George King (1966)
Dave Stallworth Wichita State Ralph Miller (1963 and 1964) and Gary Thompson (1965)
Wes Unseld Louisville Peck Hickman (1966 and 1967) and John Dromo (1968)
Kenny Walker Kentucky Joe B. Hall (1985) and Eddie Sutton (1986)
Bryan Warrick St. Joseph's Jim Lynam (1981) and Jim Boyle (1982)
Richard Washington UCLA John Wooden (1975) and Gene Bartow (1976)

Youth Movement: Where Does UK's Davis Rank All-Time Among Freshmen?

A championship ring certainly propels Kentucky's Anthony Davis into the discussion for acknowledging the best freshman center of all-time along with Patrick Ewing, Keith Lee, Greg Oden, Robert Parish, Jeff Ruland, Ralph Sampson, Joe Smith and Wayman Tisdale. The 2012 NCAA title is a credential making it easier to possibly place him atop the list of premium frosh pivotmen although Ohio State's Oden reached the NCAA final with comparable statistics a mere five years ago.

In any credible assessment, an observer shouldn't get too caught up in the moment. Actually, it's probably stretching credulity to proclaim Davis as the best freshman in SEC history, let alone the greatest yearling in NCAA annals. That's because the most fantastic frosh probably was Tennessee forward Bernard King, who averaged 26.4 ppg and 12.3 rpg while shooting 62.2% from the floor in 1974-75.

A huge difference between Davis and King was the quality of the competition. By any measure, the SEC's top players this season don't come anywhere close to comparing to all-league choices King opposed such as Leon Douglas, Kevin Grevey, Eddie Johnson, Mike Mitchell and Rick Robey - all of whom played at least seven NBA seasons. Another SEC first-year sensation was Louisiana State guard Chris Jackson. Granted, Jackson didn't have the dynamic defensive presence of Davis but you simply can't ignore the fact that Jackson averaged more than twice as many points in 1988-89.

UK fans could even build a case that John Wall's freshman campaign only three years ago was more significant. After all, the Wildcats improved their record from the previous season with Wall in coach John Calipari's debut by a stunning 12 games, which was 50% higher than what they improved with Davis manning the middle.

Frankly, it's disconcerting how much many pundits either have memory loss or possess little more than an amateurish knowledge of hoops history outside the region where they work. Celebrating the first 40 years of freshman eligibility, following is's national perspective of the all-time freshman squads:

Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse (2002-03: 22.2 ppg, 10 rpg)
Leading scorer and rebounder for 2003 NCAA Tournament champion was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Posted a remarkable 22 double-doubles in 35 games.

Kevin Durant, Texas (2006-07: 25.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 40.4 3FG%)
Forced by the NBA's new rule requiring draftees to attend college at least one year, he became national player of the year. Finished fourth in the nation in scoring and rebounding. Led the Big 12 Conference in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and double-doubles (20).

Chris Jackson, Louisiana State (1988-89: 30.2 ppg, 4.1 apg, 81.5 FT%)
Exploded for 53 points vs. Florida and 55 vs. Ole Miss en route to setting NCAA freshman scoring records with 965 points and 30.2 average. Consensus SEC player of the year was an AP and USBWA first-team All-American.

Bernard King, Tennessee (1974-75: 26.4 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 62.2 FG%)
No freshman has matched his overall statistical figures. The Volunteers improved their overall record by only one game from the previous season, however.

Robert Parish, Centenary (1972-73: 23 ppg, 18.7 rpg, 57.9 FG%)
Scored school-record 50 points at Lamar in a game he also grabbed 30 rebounds. Collected 31 points and 33 rebounds vs. Southern Mississippi and 38 points and 29 rebounds vs. Texas-Arlington. Contributed 14 contests with at least 20 rebounds as a frosh, averaging 21.3 rpg in a 14-game, mid-season stretch.

Mark Aguirre, DePaul (1978-79: 24 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 52.0 FG%)
Top freshman scorer in the nation broke the Blue Demons' scoring record with 767 points. He had a 29-point, eight-rebound performance vs. UCLA in his college debut and finished the season by being named to the All-Final Four team.

Anthony Davis, Kentucky ( 2011-12: 14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 62.3 FG%)
Lowest-ever scoring average for a national POY, but he set an NCAA record for most blocked shots by a freshman en route to becoming Final Four Most Outstanding Player despite scoring only six points on 1-of-10 field-goal shooting in NCAA championship contest.

Magic Johnson, Michigan State (1977-78: 17 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.4 apg)
Led the Big Ten Conference in league play in assists (6.8 apg), tied for third in scoring (19.8 ppg) and finished sixth in rebounding (8.2 rpg) to help the Spartans go from a 10-17 record the previous year to 25-5 and capture the Big Ten title.

Keith Lee, Memphis State (1981-82: 18.3 ppg, 11 rpg, 3.5 bpg, 53.8 FG%)
Led the Tigers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots as they improved their record from 13-14 the previous season to 24-5. Set Metro Conference record with 11.5 rebounds per game in league competition.

Wayman Tisdale, Oklahoma (1982-83: 24.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 58.0 FG%)
NCAA consensus first-team All-American. Big Eight Conference player of the year broke Wilt Chamberlain's league scoring record with 810 points, including 46 vs. Iowa State.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California (1995-96: 21.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 51.8 FG%)
The first freshman ever to be named Pacific-10 Conference player of the year led the Bears in steals with 52. His best game overall was a 32-point, 18-rebound performance at Washington State.

Adrian Dantley, Notre Dame (1973-74: 18.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 55.8 FG%)
Led the Irish in free-throw shooting (82.6%) and was second on the team in scoring and rebounding. He had a 41-point outing vs. West Virginia. Notre Dame improved its record from 18-12 the previous season to 26-3.

Mark Macon, Temple (1987-88: 20.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.9 apg)
Scored in double figures in 33 of 34 games. Led the 32-2 Owls in scoring and was second in assists. He was the first freshman ever to be the leading scorer for a team ranking No. 1 in a final AP national poll.

Mark Price, Georgia Tech (1982-83: 20.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 87.7 FT%)
First freshman ever to lead the vaunted Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. He also paced the ACC in free-throw percentage and three-point field goals.

Ralph Sampson, Virginia (1979-80: 14.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.6 bpg, 54.7 FG%)
Led the Cavaliers to the NIT championship. He was the headliner of perhaps the greatest single crop of freshman recruits in NCAA history.

Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech (1989-90: 20.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 8.1 apg)
Only freshman ever to score more than 20 points in four straight NCAA playoff games. He led the ACC in assists.

Michael Beasley, Kansas State (2007-08: 26.2 ppg, 12.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 53.2 FG%)
He had a total of 13 30-point games en route to 28 double-doubles.

Greg Oden, Ohio State (2006-07: 15.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.3 bpg, 61.6 FG%)
Powered the Buckeyes to the NCAA playoff championship game where they lost to two-time champion Florida.

Quentin Richardson, DePaul (1998-99: 18.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg)
Conference USA player of the year when he led the league in rebounding and was second in scoring, seventh in field-goal percentage and ninth in free-throw percentage, making him the only player in the C-USA to rank in the top 10 in each of those categories. He led the Blue Demons in scoring 21 times and in rebounding on 23 occasions.

Joe Smith, Maryland (1993-94: 19.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.1 bpg)
One of only two players in ACC history to be an all-league first-team selection in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Kevin Love, UCLA ( 2007-08: 17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 55.9 FG%)
Led the Bruins' Final Four squad in scoring and rebounding, contributing 23 double-doubles.

Derrick Rose, Memphis (2007-08: 14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 apg)
Ringleader of team that should have won NCAA title but shoddy free-throw shooting enabled Kansas to frustrate the Tigers in overtime in the championship game.

Lionel Simmons, La Salle (1986-87: 20.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 52.6 FG%)
Set the stage for becoming three-time MAAC MVP and one of only four major-college players ever to score more than 600 points in each of four seasons. La Salle's Tom Gola is the only individual to finish his college career with a higher total of points and rebounds (4,663 from 1952-55).

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State (2010-11: 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 54.1 FG%)
Helped the Buckeyes spend the entire season ranked among the nation's top four teams.

John Wall, Kentucky (2009-10: 16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.8 spg)
He was SEC MVP but how impactful was his season when teammate DeMarcus Cousins earned the SEC Freshman of the Year award?

Ten Most Overlooked Freshman Seasons

Freshman, School (Season: Statistical Achievements)
Jason Conley, Virginia Military (2001-02: 29.3 ppg, 8 rpg, 81.8 FT%)
Stephen Curry, Davidson (2006-07: 21.5 ppg, 85.5 FT%, 40.8 3FG%)
Jacky Dorsey, Georgia (1974-75: 25.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg)
Larry Hughes, Saint Louis (1997-98: 20.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 spg)
Harry Kelly, Texas Southern (1979-80: 29 ppg, 7.8 rpg)
Karl Malone, Louisiana Tech (1982-83: 20.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 58.2 FG%)
CJ McCollum, Lehigh (2009-10: 19.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 42.1 3FG%)
Jeff Ruland, Iona ( 1977-78: 22.3 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 59.4 FG%)
Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington (2005-06: 24.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.2 spg)
Gary Trent, Ohio University (1992-93: 19 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 65.1 FG%)

Professional Grade: How Long Before There is a Brown Out at SMU?

What can Brown do for SMU or what will Brown do to SMU? That is the question! Hiring a coaching fossil such as Larry Brown has already generated more national publicity than Southern Methodist basketball enjoyed collectively since 1988, which was Brown's last year as a college coach and the Mustangs' last year to post an NCAA playoff victory.

Next Town Brown is probably comfortable with nomadic SMU because the Mustangs are joining their third different league since the SWC disbanded in 1996. If Brown can guide SMU to the NCAA playoffs in the next few years for the first time since 1993, it will be the equivalent of him directing UCLA to an NCAA runner-up finish in his debut season with the Bruins in 1980. If he can win an NCAA Tournament game with the Mustangs, it will be the equivalent of him capturing a national title in his swan song with Kansas in 1988.

SMU, a total of 55 games under .500 over the last 24 seasons, is already vastly overpaying for an antique bench boss nearly a quarter century removed from the day-to-day college grind, a coach-in-waiting who has never had an NCAA playoff appearance in nine years and two recruiters hired from former powerhouses that have fallen on hard times. But is an even more critical cost in integrity looming? There is a shaky track record to worry about inasmuch as UCLA and Kansas each were on probation the season following Brown's departure.

After checking the national registry for truck drivers with standout sons/players (remember Danny Manning), Brown's first significant act with SMU was a down-and-dirty deed discarding several players at this late stage because they "weren't good enough to play for him." We're taking for granted that Brown's "good" refers to on-the-court performance rather than off-the-hardwood decorum. He apparently is more fond of bringing in a troubled transfer such as Josiah Turner from Arizona (before he abandoned ship for the pros during the summer) rather than retaining Jeremiah Samarrippas, who was SMU's captain as a sophomore. Perhaps Dean Smith should have treated a similar undersized guard the same shabby way when the Hall of Famer became North Carolina's head coach in 1961-62 after Brown averaged a modest 4.5 ppg as a sophomore the previous season.

Only a splendid tactician can be the lone individual ever to win NCAA and NBA titles. And Brown, who coached nearly half of the franchises in this year's NBA playoffs, has a shot at turning things around quickly for the Mustangs because the Big East Conference will be a shell of its former self after Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia depart for other leagues. But isn't there something more important than meandering all over the country seeking nirvana?

Brown, one of six men to be hired by an NBA team after winning an NCAA championship, is the only one in this category to compile a winning NBA playoff record. Three other coaches directed teams to the NCAA Final Four and the NBA championship series - Jack Ramsay (St. Joseph's 1961 and Portland Trail Blazers 1977), Fred Schaus (West Virginia 1959 and the Los Angeles Lakers 1962), 1963, 1965, 1966) and Butch van Breda Kolff (Princeton 1965 and the Lakers 1968, 1969). Neither Ramsay (8-11) nor Schaus (6-7) finished their collegiate coaching careers with winning NCAA playoff records, however.

Only Phil Jackson and Pat Riley coached in and won more NBA playoff games than Brown. It's a star-crossed crossing over from college to the NBA. Following is an alphabetical list summarizing the NBA careers of Brown and 14 additional individuals who aligned with NBA franchises as head coaches after marshalling a college team to the Final Four:

Coach NCAA Final Four Team(s) NBA Years Regular-Season Playoff Record
Larry Brown UCLA '80/Kansas '86 & '88 27 1,098-904 100-93
John Calipari Massachusetts '96/Memphis '08/Kentucky '11 & '12 3 72-112 0-3
P.J. Carlesimo Seton Hall '89 8 204-296 3-9
*Bob Feerick Santa Clara '52 2 63-74 0-2
Ed Jucker Cincinnati '61, '62 & '63 2 80-84 0-0
Doggie Julian Holy Cross '47 & '48 2 47-81 0-0
Frank McGuire St. John's '52/North Carolina '57 1 49-31 6-6
Mike Montgomery Stanford '98 2 68-96 0-0
Harold Olsen Ohio State '39, '44, '45 & '46 3 95-63 7-11
Rick Pitino PC '87/Kentucky '93, '96 & '97/Louisville '05 & '12 6 192-220 6-7
Jack Ramsay St. Joseph's '61 21 864-783 44-58
Fred Schaus West Virginia '59 7 315-245 23-38
Jerry Tarkanian UNLV '77, '87, '90 & '91 1 9-11 0-0
Butch van Breda Kolff Princeton '65 9 266-253 21-12
Tex Winter Kansas State '58 & '64 2 51-78 0-0

*Feerick's NBA record includes one season with the Washington Capitols (1949-50) before he was named coach at Santa Clara.

NOTES: Jucker (Rollins), Julian (Dartmouth), McGuire (South Carolina), Olsen (Northwestern), Pitino (Kentucky and Louisville), Schaus (Purdue), Tarkanian (Fresno State), van Breda Kolff (Lafayette and Hofstra) and Winter (Northwestern and Long Beach State) returned to college as head coaches after their stints in the NBA. . . . Ken Loeffler was coach of the St. Louis Bombers and Providence Steamrollers for three seasons (1946-47 through 1948-49) before directing La Salle to back-to-back Final Fours (1954 champion and 1955 runner-up). . . . Phil Woolpert, coach of San Francisco's back-to-back NCAA champions (1955 and 1956), coached the San Francisco Saints for one season in the old American Basketball League.

Davis Decides to Have All His Game Days With Alma Mater North Carolina

Well, at least Hubert Davis didn't think he was qualified sans coaching experience to be the bench boss of a power six conference akin to colleague Doug Gottlieb. Davis, an analyst for ESPN the past seven years, returned to his alma mater after being hired as an assistant by North Carolina coach Roy Williams.

Davis, recruited by Williams before leaving to become Kansas' coach, was an All-ACC second-team selection as a senior in 1991-92 (career averages of 11.8 ppg, 81.9 FT% and 43.5 3FG%) before playing 11 seasons in the NBA with five different franchises. He probably hopes some of the coaching acumen of ESPN Game Day crew members Bob Knight and Digger Phelps rubbed off on him.

With former coach Fran Fraschilla seemingly going after every job opening in Texas the last couple of seasons, ESPN might need to be more sensitive to assessing any ulterior motives of the Worldwide Leader's commentators. Regulars Jay Bilas, Dan Dakich, Dino Gaudio, Miles Simon, Bob Valvano and Tim Welsh each has previous DI coaching experience in various capacities. Theoretically, Dick Vitale could join new SMU mentor Larry Brown in the geriatric crowd.

Davis had an infectious laugh on TV that seemed as if it was forced at times solely to mollify his elders. He became ESPN’s virtual carbon copy of CBS network nabob Greg Anthony — earnest and affable but frequently appeared to be in over his head at the major-league level without first earning his spurs via proper grooming in the minors. Who will replace Davis on the Game Day crew and in's ranking of Top 40 college commentators?

Foreign Policy: WAC Spans the Globe for All-Conference Choices

A demise of the Western Athletic Conference seems possible if mid-level schools such as Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio and Texas State renege on joining the league. But before the WAC goes on life support, it is time to issue props to the alliance for its history of being a trend setter recruiting impact foreigners.

No coach today is worth his sneaker endorsement deal without a passport and several international contacts. The WAC continued its "foreign aid" tradition this season with two all-conference first-team selections - Nevada forward Olek Czyz (Poland) and Hawaii center Vander Joaquim (Angola).

It's undeniable that more and more teams are looking abroad for important imports to make certain they don't have a trade deficit. Many of their competitors enjoyed a trade surplus in the aftermath of Yugoslavian import Kresimir Cosic bursting on the scene in the early 1970s. Cosic, a center for Brigham Young, became a three-time All-WAC first-team choice from 1970-71 through 1972-73. Brigham Young already had a foreign flavor because forward Kari Liimo (Finland) became an all-league pick in 1966-67 and 1967-68.

The coach of one opposing team called Cosic "the looniest guy with talent ever." Sports Illustrated reported that his "zest for the game was something to behold," explaining that he was "forever clapping hands, raising fists high, laughing, shouting `Opa! Opa! (I'm open, I'm open), jackknifing for layups, dribbling through his legs, passing behind his back, and joyfully firing all manner of shots from improbable positions and angles." Although teammates claimed they were sometimes hurt by Cosic's "circus act," his crowd appeal was unprecedented.

The fast track of major-college recruiting includes a global autobahn - and its precarious, impossibly varied tributaries. By any measure, the foreign legion has revolutionized the sport. The following list depicts how the WAC has benefited more from all-league first- and second-team foreigners than any conference:

All-WAC Choice Pos. School Native Country All-League Recognition
Paul Afeaki C Utah Tonga 2nd in 1991-92
Mustafa Al-Sayyad C Fresno State Sudan 2nd in 2004-05
Kresimir Cosic C Brigham Young Yugoslavia 1st from 1970-71 through 1972-73
Olek Czyz F Nevada Poland 1st in 2011-12
Carl English G Hawaii Newfoundland 2nd in 2001-02 and 1st in 2002-03
Vander Joaquim C Hawaii Angola 1st in 2011-12
Kari Liimo F Brigham Young Finland 1st in 1966-67 and 2nd in 1967-68
Luc Longley C New Mexico Australia 2nd in 1988-89 and 1st in 1989-90 and 1990-91
Hanno Mottola F Utah Finland 2nd in 1997-98 and 1st in 1998-99
Filiberto Rivera G Texas-El Paso Puerto Rico 1st in 2003-04 and 2004-05
Magnum Rolle F-C Louisiana Tech Bahamas 2nd in 2009-10
Timo Saarelainen F Brigham Young Finland 1st in 1984-85
Olivier Saint-Jean F San Jose State France 1st in 1996-97
Predrag Savovic G-F Hawaii Yugoslavia 1st in 2000-01 and 2001-02
Ugo Udezue F-C Wyoming Nigeria 2nd in 1998-99

Beat the Press Then Meet the Press: Farmer Marketed Like Richie Rich

Nationally, a GSA (Government Services Administration) salacious scandal fueled distrust of the government. Locally, regional officials can also get caught with their hands and every other appendage in the cookie jar.

A four-month audit generated allegations there was a "toxic culture of entitlement" in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture under former UK guard Richie Farmer, an icon in his native state despite averaging a modest 9.6 ppg for the legendary 1991-92 Rick Pitino-coached squad dubbed "The Unforgettables." Farmer played in a record five Sweet 16 classics, starting with eighth grade and ending as a high school senior when he erupted for 51 points in the 1989 state championship contest. Pitino, who had well-documented problems of his own a couple of years ago in Louisville, said: "I love Richie Farmer, always will love Richie Farmer. He can do no wrong in my eyes. So I don't know what you're talking about. And if he did something wrong, I'll pray for him."

Pitino better get some knee pads if reports are accurate about the extent of state property not being accounted for by the department. Farmer, who refused to speak with auditors about using state resources and employees for personal gain, was accused of using state workers to run his personal errands during his eight years in office as agriculture commissioner. The alleged rampant abuse included taking him hunting (allegedly shot a doe from the passenger seat of state-issued vehicle and told a merit employee to field dress it for him), shopping and doctor visits, mowing his lawn, chauffeuring his dog, reserving questionable hotel rooms, moving a gun safe from his garage to basement and building a basketball court in his backyard. The far-reaching audit, resulting in 42 ethics violations, alleged misuse of state resources. There were reports claiming Farmer spent state money on a 60-inch television so he could watch college basketball in his office, questioned whether he gave his girlfriend/mistress any work to do after putting her on his agency's payroll with a $5,000/month state job and pondered the condition of two returned laptop computers that were "'wiped' in an uncharacteristically aggressive manner."

Did athlete adulation prevent any honorable whistleblower from coming forward during Farmer's stewardship or lack thereof? The report, triggering public pillorying, highlighted a lavish 2008 conference costing the taxpayers almost $100,000 and included gifts such as 25 Remington rifles worth $449 apiece, 52 knives, 50 cigar boxes, 30 $50 mall gift cards, 175 watches and 50 bottles of bourbon. Only 13 of 17 member commissioners attended the conference and the audit reveals Farmer took a majority of the remaining gifts. One of the rifles had a customized #32, which was Farmer's jersey number during his playing days with the Wildcats and hangs from the rafters of their arena. Unforgettably, he reportedly used products purchased by his department and donated by vendors to create gift baskets for his family members and a relative was employed for nearly five years as an amusement ride inspector despite never receiving certification to do the work.

The audit isn't amusing at all when considering Farmer declined to participate in budget furloughs mandated by the legislature because of serious deficits facing the commonwealth while some of his department's employees apparently had unjustified state vehicles. Farmer, facing home foreclosure last summer while in the midst of a divorce, failed in his bid to become lieutenant governor a couple of years ago amid rumors he melted down over a campaign manager refusing to reimburse him for hundreds of dollars worth of candy purchases. Farmer's attorney, originally saying he would be "shocked" if the state attorney general found grounds for criminal charges, also claimed his "somewhat idol" client was accustomed to "receiving gifts you or I might not receive."

An unprecedented animosity seems to be escalating toward greedy segments of government milking the taxpayer and insisting on spending money the country or specific state doesn't have and feeling they can orchestrate guidelines to their wily whims. Amid the unaccountability, House Republicans, perceiving disregard for the Constitution, pursued a contempt citation against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stemming from his failure to divulge sufficient documents about the "Fast and Furious" ATF "gunwalking" operation selling 1,500 firearms to Mexican drug cartels. The nation's top cop, treating the DOJ as a partisan sanctuary city according to detractors, appeared to be shedding as much information on the controversial ATF topic as the number of FGM he had for Columbia's freshman basketball squad in 1969-70 (misfired on all four field-goal attempts).

At any rate, if you're interested in political players, has conducted extensive research on "unforgettable" politicians and political appointees who were college hoopsters.

The Biggest Losers: Large Number of Schools Were Sinking Ships in 2011-12

This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Titantic's sinking. None of 35 struggling schools rammed into an iceberg but they endured a 100% icy reception this past season when suffering their most defeats in history.

A total of 100 NCAA Division I schools have incurred their most defeats in a single season over the last five years. Some observers might perceive South Florida's turnaround as one of the premier achievements in recent years. But a sure-fire indication that the Big East Conference was down last season is reflected by the Bulls going from a school-worst 10-23 record in 2010-11 to finishing tied for fourth place in the 16-team alliance in 2011-12.

No major college has an all-time high for setbacks lower than the 16 losses incurred by UNLV. Elsewhere, Nebraska never has won an NCAA playoff game but the Huskers have also never incurred a 20-loss campaign. Additional schools never to lose at least 20 games in a single season include Boise State, College of Charleston, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Temple, UAB, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky.

Nearly one-fourth of the current active coaches have the dubious distinction of holding the school single-season record for most reversals. But they can take some comfort in the fact that revered NCAA title mentors such as Jim Calhoun, Denny Crum, Jud Heathcote and Mike Krzyzewski are in the same category. Following is an alphabetical list of NCAA DI schools and the rock-bottom season or seasons when they sustained their most setbacks (TBD with coaches denotes "to be determined"):

NCAA DI College Season W-L Pct. Coach (Year at School)
Air Force 1995-96 5-23 .179 Reggie Minton (12th of 16)
Akron 1995-96 3-23 .115 Dan Hipsher (1st of nine)
Alabama 1968-69 4-20 .167 C.M. Newton (1st of 12)
Alabama A&M 2011-12 7-21 .250 Willie Hayes (1st of TBD)
Alabama State 1996-97 8-21 .276 Rob Spivery (1st of nine)
Albany 2009-10 7-25 .219 Will Brown (9th of TBD)
Alcorn State 2009-10 2-29 .065 Larry Smith (2nd of three)
American 1983-84 6-22 .214 Ed Tapscott (2nd of eight)
Appalachian State 1974-75 3-23 .115 Press Maravich (3rd of three)
Arizona 1958-59 4-22 .154 Fred Enke (34th of 36)
Arizona State 1969-70 4-22 .154 Ned Wulk (13th of 25)
Arizona State 2006-07 8-22 .267 Herb Sendek (1st of TBD)
Arkansas 1970-71 5-21 .192 Lanny Van Eman (2nd of four)
Arkansas-Little Rock 1999-2000 4-24 .143 Sidney Moncrief (only season)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2001-02 2-26 .071 Harold Blevins (7th of seven)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2003-04 1-26 .037 Van Holt (2nd of six)
Arkansas State 1994-95 8-20 .286 Nelson Catalina (11th of 11)
Arkansas State 2007-08 10-20 .333 Dickey Nutt (13th of 13)
Arkansas State 2011-12 14-20 .412 John Brady (4th of TBD)
Army 1991-92 4-24 .143 Tom Miller (2nd of three)
Auburn 1972-73 6-20 .231 Bill Lynn (10th of 10)
Auburn 2010-11 11-20 .355 Tony Barbee (1st of TBD)
Austin Peay 1969-70 5-21 .192 George Fisher (8th of nine)
Ball State 2007-08 6-24 .200 Billy Taylor (1st of TBD)
Baylor 1923-24 11-29 .275 Frank Bridges (4th of six)
Belmont 1977-78 8-23 .258 Dick Campbell (4th of four)
Belmont 1978-79 13-23 .361 Don Purdy (1st of eight)
Bethune-Cookman 1997-98 1-26 .037 Horace Broadnax (1st of five)
Binghamton 2011-12 2-29 .065 Mark Macon (3rd of three)
Boise State 1980-81 7-19 .269 Dave Leach (1st of three)
Boston College 2011-12 9-22 .290 Steve Donahue (2nd of TBD)
Boston University 1999-2000 7-22 .241 Dennis Wolff (6th of 15)
Bowling Green 2005-06 9-21 .300 Dan Dakich (9th of 10)
Bradley 2011-12 7-25 .219 Geno Ford (1st of TBD)
Brigham Young 1996-97 1-25 .038 Tony Ingle (interim)
Brown 1968-69 3-23 .115 Stan Ward (15th of 15)
Brown 2011-12 8-23 .258 Jesse Agel (4th of four)
Bryant 2009-10 1-29 .033 Tim O'Shea (2nd of TBD)
Bucknell 2008-09 7-23 .233 David Paulsen (1st of TBD)
Buffalo 1991-92 2-26 .071 Dan Bazzani (9th of 10)
Butler 1980-81 5-22 .185 Joe Sexson (4th of 12)
Butler 1989-90 6-22 .214 Barry Collier (1st of 11)
California 1978-79 6-21 .222 Dick Kuchen (1st of seven)
UC Irvine 1996-97 1-25 .038 Rod Baker (6th of six)
Cal Poly 1994-95 1-26 .037 Steve Beason (9th of nine)
UC Riverside 2006-07 7-24 .226 Vonn Webb (only season)
UC Santa Barbara 1982-83 7-20 .259 Ed DeLacy (5th of five)
Cal State Fullerton 1964-65 1-25 .038 Alex Omalev (5th of 12)
Cal State Northridge 1960-61 10-24 .294 Paul Thomas (3rd of five)
Campbell 2003-04 3-24 .111 Robbie Laing (1st of TBD)
Canisius 2007-08 6-25 .194 Tom Parrotta (2nd of six)
Canisius 2011-12 5-25 .167 Tom Parrotta (6th of six)
Centenary 2010-11 1-29 .033 Adam Walsh (1st of TBD)
Central Arkansas 2010-11 5-24 .172 Corliss Williamson (1st of TBD)
Central Connecticut State 1990-91 4-24 .143 Mike Brown (3rd of three)
Central Michigan 2003-2004 6-24 .200 Jay Smith (7th of nine)
Central Michigan 2005-2006 4-24 .143 Jay Smith (9th of nine)
Charleston Southern 1978-79 2-25 .074 David Reese (1st of two)
Charlotte 1984-85 5-23 .179 Hal Wissel (3rd of three)
Chattanooga 2011-12 11-21 .344 John Shulman (8th of TBD)
Chicago State 2002-03 3-27 .100 Bo Ellis* (5th of five)
Cincinnati 1983-84 3-25 .107 Tony Yates (1st of six)
The Citadel 2007-08 6-24 .200 Ed Conroy (2nd of four)
The Citadel 2011-12 6-24 .200 Chuck Driesell (2nd of TBD)
Clemson 1967-68 4-20 .167 Bobby Roberts (6th of eight)
Clemson 1982-83 11-20 .355 Bill Foster (8th of nine)
Clemson 1999-2000 10-20 .333 Larry Shyatt (2nd of five)
Cleveland State 2003-04 4-25 .138 Mike Garland (1st of three)
Coastal Carolina 1995-96 5-21 .192 Michael Hopkins (1st of three)
Colgate 1982-83 3-24 .111 Tony Relvas (1st of four)
Colgate 1985-86 1-24 .040 Tony Relvas (4th of four)
College of Charleston 1949-50 4-19 .174 Willard Silcox (3rd of six)
Colorado 2008-09 9-22 .290 Jeff Bzdelik (2nd of three)
Colorado State 1980-81 3-24 .111 Tony McAndrews (1st of seven)
Columbia 2002-03 2-25 .074 Armond Hill (8th of eight)
Connecticut 1968-69 5-19 .208 Burr Carlson (2nd of two)
Connecticut 1986-87 9-19 .321 Jim Calhoun (1st of 26)
Coppin State 2001-02 6-25 .194 Fang Mitchell (16th of TBD)
Cornell 1973-74 3-23 .115 Tony Coma* (2nd of two)
Creighton 1993-94 7-22 .241 Rick Johnson (3rd of three)
Dartmouth 1917-18 0-26 .000 F.H. Walker (only season)
Davidson 1988-89 7-24 .226 Bobby Hussey (8th of eight)
Davidson 1989-90 4-24 .143 Bob McKillop (1st of TBD)
Dayton 1992-93 4-26 .133 Jim O'Brien (4th of five)
Delaware 2006-07 5-26 .161 Monte Ross (1st of TBD)
Delaware State 1987-88 3-25 .107 Marshall Emery (6th of six)
Denver 2006-07 4-25 .138 Terry Carroll (6th of six)
DePaul 2008-09 9-24 .273 Jerry Wainwright (4th of five)
DePaul 2010-11 7-24 .226 Oliver Purnell (1st of TBD)
Detroit 1987-88 7-23 .233 Don Sicko* (6th of six)
Detroit 2007-08 7-23 .233 Perry Watson (15th of 15)
Detroit 2008-09 7-23 .233 Ray McCallum (1st of TBD)
Drake 1996-97 2-26 .071 Kurt Kanaskie (1st of seven)
Drexel 2007-08 12-20 .375 Bruiser Flint (7th of TBD)
Duke 1994-95 13-18 .419 Mike Krzyzewski* (15th of TBD)
Duquesne 2005-06 3-24 .111 Danny Nee (5th of five)
East Carolina 1983-84 4-24 .143 Charlie Harrison (2nd of five)
East Carolina 2006-07 6-24 .200 Ricky Stokes (2nd of two)
Eastern Illinois 2007-08 7-22 .241 Mike Miller (3rd of seven)
Eastern Kentucky 1998-99 3-23 .115 Scott Perry (2nd of three)
Eastern Michigan 2000-01 3-25 .107 Jim Boone (1st of five)
Eastern Washington 1986-87 5-23 .179 Joe Folda (2nd of two)
Eastern Washington 1995-96 3-23 .115 Steve Aggers (1st of five)
East Tennessee State 1986-87 7-21 .250 Les Robinson (2nd of five)
Elon 1994-95 3-24 .111 Mark Simons (2nd of 10)
Evansville 2003-04 7-22 .241 Steve Merfeld (2nd of five)
Fairfield 1989-90 7-21 .250 Mitch Buonaguro (4th of six)
Fairleigh Dickinson 2011-12 3-26 .103 Greg Vetrone (3rd of TBD)
Florida 1981-82 5-22 .185 Norman Sloan (8th of 15)
Florida A&M 1993-94 4-23 .148 Ron Brown (1st of three)
Florida A&M 2011-12 10-23 .303 Clemon Johnson (1st of TBD)
Florida Atlantic 1999-2000 2-28 .067 Sidney Green (1st of six)
Florida International 2009-10 7-25 .219 Isiah Thomas (1st of three)
Florida State 2000-01 9-21 .300 Steve Robinson (4th of five)
Fordham 2002-03 2-26 .071 Bob Hill (4th of four)
Fordham 2009-10 2-26 .071 Dereck Whittenburg (7th of seven)
Fresno State 2008-09 13-21 .382 Steve Cleveland (4th of six)
Furman 2008-09 6-24 .200 Jeff Jackson (3rd of TBD)
Gardner-Webb 2002-03 5-24 .172 Rick Scruggs (8th of 15th)
George Mason 1969-70 4-23 .148 Hap Spuhler (3rd of three)
Georgetown 1971-72 3-23 .115 Jack Magee (6th of six)
George Washington 1988-89 1-27 .036 John Kuester (4th of five)
Georgia 1951-52 3-22 .120 Red Lawson (1st of 14)
Georgia Southern 2010-11 5-27 .156 Charlton Young (2nd of TBD)
Georgia State 1984-85 2-26 .071 Tom Pugliese* (2nd of two)
Georgia Tech 1980-81 4-23 .148 Dwane Morrison (8th of eight)
Gonzaga 1989-90 8-20 .286 Dan Fitzgerald (5th of 15)
Grambling State 1999-2000 1-30 .032 Larry Wright (1st of nine)
Green Bay 1984-85 4-24 .143 Dick Lien (3rd of three)
Hampton 1974-75 2-21 .087 Solomon Frazier/Joe Buggs
Hampton 2011-12 12-21 .364 Edward Joyner Jr. (3rd of TBD)
Hartford 2008-09 7-26 .212 Dan Leibovitz (3rd of four)
Harvard 2003-04 4-23 .148 Frank Sullivan (13th of 16)
Hawaii 1977-78 1-26 .037 Larry Little (2nd of nine)
High Point 2008-09 9-21 .300 Bart Lundy (6th of six)
Hofstra 2011-12 10-22 .312 Mo Cassara (2nd of TBD)
Holy Cross 2009-10 9-22 .290 Sean Kearney (only season)
Houston 1999-2000 9-22 .290 Clyde Drexler (2nd of two)
Houston Baptist 2010-11 5-26 .161 Ron Cottrell (20th of TBD)
Howard 1999-2000 1-27 .036 Kirk Saulny (2nd of two)
Idaho 2006-07 4-27 .129 George Pfeifer (1st of two)
Idaho State 1949-50 5-25 .167 Ed Willett (2nd of two)
Illinois 2007-08 16-19 .457 Bruce Weber (5th of nine)
Illinois-Chicago 2010-11 7-24 .226 Howard Moore (1st of TBD)
Illinois State 1990-91 5-23 .179 Bob Bender (2nd of four)
Indiana 2008-09 6-25 .194 Tom Crean (1st of TBD)
Indiana State 1988-89 4-24 .143 Ron Greene (4th of four)
Indiana State 2002-03 7-24 .226 Royce Waltman (6th of 10)
IUPU Fort Wayne 2003-04 3-25 .107 Doug Noll (5th of six)
IUPUI 1990-91 9-23 .281 Bob Lovell (9th of 12)
Iona 2006-07 2-28 .067 Jeff Ruland (9th of nine)
Iowa 2009-10 10-22 .313 Todd Lickliter (3rd of three)
Iowa State 1975-76 3-24 .111 Ken Trickey (2nd of two)
Jackson State 1982-83 6-24 .200 Paul Covington (16th of 19)
Jackson State 2011-12 7-24 .226 Tevester Anderson (9th of TBD)
Jacksonville 2005-06 1-26 .037 Cliff Warren (1st of TBD)
Jacksonville State 2010-11 5-25 .167 James Green (3rd of TBD)
James Madison 1985-86 5-23 .179 John Thurston (1st of three)
James Madison 2005-06 5-23 .179 Dean Keener (2nd of four)
James Madison 2006-07 7-23 .233 Dean Keener (3rd of four)
Kansas 1961-62 7-18 .280 Dick Harp (6th of eight)
Kansas 1972-73 8-18 .308 Ted Owens (9th of 19)
Kansas State 1945-46 4-20 .167 Fritz Knarr (2nd of two)
Kennesaw State 2011-12 3-28 .097 Lewis Preston (1st of TBD)
Kent State 1977-78 6-21 .222 Rex Hughes* (4th of four)
Kentucky 1988-89 13-19 .406 Eddie Sutton (4th of four)
Lafayette 1994-95 2-25 .074 John Leone (7th of seven)
Lamar 1989-90 7-21 .250 Tony Branch (2nd of two)
La Salle 1995-96 6-24 .200 Speedy Morris (10th of 15)
Lehigh 1996-97 1-26 .037 Sal Mentesana (1st of six)
Liberty 2001-02 5-25 .167 Mel Hankinson (4th of four)
Lipscomb 2001-02 6-21 .222 Scott Sanderson (3rd of TBD)
Long Beach State 2007-08 6-25 .194 Dan Monson (1st of TBD)
Long Island University 1993-94 3-24 .111 Paul Lizzo (19th of 20)
Louisiana-Lafayette 1994-95 7-22 .241 Marty Fletcher (9th of 11)
Louisiana-Monroe 2011-12 3-26 .103 Keith Richard (2nd of TBD)
Louisiana State 1966-67 3-23 .115 Press Maravich (1st of six)
Louisiana Tech 1993-94 2-25 .074 Jerry Loyd (5th of five)
Louisville 1997-98 12-20 .375 Denny Crum (27th of 30)
Loyola of Chicago 2011-12 7-23 .233 Porter Moser (1st of TBD)
Loyola (Md.) 2003-04 1-27 .036 Scott Hicks (4th of four)
Loyola Marymount 2008-09 3-28 .097 Bill Bayno (only season)
Maine 2007-08 7-23 .233 Ted Woodward (4th of TBD)
Manhattan 1985-86 2-26 .071 Tom Sullivan (only season)
Marist 2009-10 1-29 .033 Chuck Martin (2nd of TBD)
Marquette 1963-64 5-21 .192 Eddie Hickey (6th of six)
Marshall 1991-92 7-22 .241 Dwight Freeman (2nd of four)
Marshall 2004-05 6-22 .214 Ron Jirsa (2nd of four)
Maryland 1940-41 1-21 .045 Burton Shipley (18th of 24)
Maryland-Baltimore County 2009-10 4-26 .133 Randy Monroe (6th of TBD)
Maryland-Baltimore County 2011-12 4-26 .133 Randy Monroe (8th of TBD)
Maryland-Eastern Shore 2007-08 4-28 .125 Meredith Smith (only season)
Massachusetts 1979-80 2-24 .077 Ray Wilson (1st of two)
Massachusetts 1980-81 3-24 .111 Ray Wilson (2nd of two)
McNeese State 1987-88 7-22 .241 Steve Welch (1st of seven)
McNeese State 1991-92 7-22 .241 Steve Welch (5th of seven)
Memphis 1969-70 6-20 .231 Moe Iba (4th of four)
Mercer 1990-91 2-25 .074 Brad Siegfried (2nd of two)
Miami (Fla.) 1991-92 8-24 .250 Leonard Hamilton (2nd of 10)
Miami (Ohio) 2011-12 9-21 .300 Charlie Coles (16th of 16)
Michigan 2007-08 10-22 .312 John Beilein (1st of TBD)
Michigan State 1949-50 4-18 .182 Alton Kircher (only season)
Michigan State 1964-65 5-18 .217 Forddy Anderson (11th of 11)
Michigan State 1987-88 10-18 .357 Jud Heathcote (12th of 19)
Middle Tennessee State 2000-01 5-22 .185 Randy Wiel (5th of six)
Milwaukee 1994-95 3-24 .111 Steve Antrim (8th of eight)
Milwaukee 1997-98 3-24 .111 Ric Cobb (3rd of four)
Minnesota 2006-07 9-22 .290 Dan Monson (7th of seven)
Mississippi 1964-65 4-21 .160 Eddie Crawford (3rd of six)
Mississippi State 1985-86 8-22 .267 Bob Boyd (5th of five)
Mississippi Valley State 2008-09 7-25 .219 Sean Woods (1st of TBD)
Missouri 1966-67 3-22 .120 Bob Vanata (5th of five)
Missouri-Kansas City 2008-09 7-24 .226 Matt Brown (2nd of TBD)
Missouri State 1980-81 9-21 .300 Bob Cleeland (1st of three)
Monmouth 2007-08 7-24 .226 Dave Calloway (10th of 13)
Montana 1944-45 7-23 .233 George Dahlberg (1st of 11)
Montana State 1933-34 5-22 .185 Schubert Dyche (6th of seven)
Montana State 1969-70 4-22 .154 Gary Hulst (1st of three)
Morehead State 1997-98 3-23 .115 Kyle Macy (1st of nine)
Morehead State 2005-06 4-23 .148 Kyle Macy (9th of nine)
Morgan State 2005-06 4-26 .133 Butch Beard (5th of five)
Mount St. Mary's 2001-02 3-24 .111 Jim Phelan (48th of 49)
Murray State 1978-79 4-22 .154 Ron Greene (1st of seven)
Navy 2011-12 3-26 .103 Ed DeChellis (1st of TBD)
Nebraska 1962-63 6-19 .240 Jerry Bush (8th of eight)
Nebraska 1999-2000 11-19 .367 Danny Nee (14th of 14)
Nebraska 2002-03 11-19 .367 Barry Collier (3rd of six)
Nevada 1971-72 2-24 .077 Jack Spencer (13th of 13)
New Hampshire 1987-88 4-25 .138 Gerry Friel (19th of 20)
New Hampshire 1990-91 3-25 .107 Jim Boylan (2nd of three)
New Hampshire 1999-2000 3-25 .107 Phil Rowe (1st of six)
New Mexico 1979-80 6-22 .214 Charlie Harrison (only season)
New Mexico State 2004-05 6-24 .200 Lou Henson (16th of 16)
New Orleans 2009-10 8-22 .267 Joe Pasternack (3rd of four)
New York University 1970-71 5-20 .200 Lou Rossini (13th of 13)
Niagara 2010-11 9-23 .281 Joe Mihalich (13th of TBD)
Nicholls State 1990-91 3-25 .107 Rickey Broussard (1st of 12)
Nicholls State 2001-02 2-25 .074 Rickey Broussard (12th of 12)
Nicholls State 2002-03 3-25 .107 Ricky Blanton (1st of two)
Norfolk State 2010-11 12-20 .375 Anthony Evans (4th of TBD)
North Carolina 2001-02 8-20 .286 Matt Doherty (2nd of three)
UNC Asheville 1993-94 3-24 .111 Randy Wiel (1st of three)
North Carolina A&T 2002-03 1-26 .037 Curtis Hunter (4th of four)
North Carolina Central 2008-09 4-27 .129 Henry Dickerson (5th of five)
UNC Greensboro 2008-09 5-25 .167 Mike Dement (8th of 11)
North Carolina State 1966-67 7-19 .269 Norman Sloan (1st of 14)
North Carolina State 1992-93 8-19 .296 Les Robinson (3rd of six)
North Carolina State 1993-94 11-19 .367 Les Robinson (4th of six)
UNC Wilmington 2008-09 7-25 .219 Benny Moss (3rd of four)
Northeastern 1995-96 4-24 .143 Dave Leitao (2nd of two)
Northern Arizona 1988-89 2-25 .074 Pat Rafferty (1st of two)
Northern Illinois 2011-12 5-26 .161 Mark Montgomery (1st of TBD)
Northern Iowa 2000-01 7-24 .226 Sam Weaver (3rd of three)
North Texas 1989-90 5-25 .167 Jimmy Gales (4th of seven)
Northwestern 1999-2000 5-25 .167 Kevin O'Neill (3rd of three)
Northwestern State 1984-85 3-25 .107 Wayne Yates (5th of five)
Notre Dame 1965-66 5-21 .192 Johnny Dee (2nd of seven)
Oakland 1974-75 4-22 .154 Eugene Boldon (7th of eight)
Oakland 1975-76 5-22 .185 Eugene Boldon (8th of eight)
Oakland 1977-78 4-22 .154 Jim Mitchell (2nd of three)
Ohio University 1997-98 5-21 .192 Larry Hunter (9th of 12)
Ohio State 1994-95 6-22 .214 Randy Ayers (6th of eight)
Ohio State 1997-98 8-22 .267 Jim O'Brien (1st of five)
Oklahoma 1955-56 4-19 .174 Doyle Parrack (1st of seven)
Oklahoma 1968-69 7-19 .269 John MacLeod (2nd of six)
Oklahoma State 1971-72 4-22 .154 Sam Aubrey (2nd of three)
Old Dominion 1986-87 6-22 .214 Tom Young (2nd of six)
Oral Roberts 1992-93 5-22 .185 Ken Trickey (6th of six)
Oregon 1921-22 7-24 .226 George Bohler (2nd of three)
Oregon State 2007-08 6-25 .194 Jay John (6th of six)
Pacific 1983-84 3-27 .100 Tom O'Neil (2nd of six)
Pennsylvania 2009-10 6-22 .214 Jerome Allen* (1st of TBD)
Penn State 2004-05 7-23 .233 Ed DeChellis (2nd of eight)
Pepperdine 1965-66 2-24 .077 Robert Dowell (18th of 20)
Pepperdine 2009-10 7-24 .226 Tom Asbury (8th of nine)
Pittsburgh 1976-77 6-21 .222 Tim Grgurich (2nd of five)
Portland 1988-89 2-26 .071 Larry Steele (2nd of seven)
Portland State 2002-03 5-22 .185 Heath Schroyer (1st of three)
Prairie View 1991-92 0-28 .000 Elwood Plummer (8th of 18)
Presbyterian 2009-10 5-26 .161 Gregg Nibert (21st of TBD)
Princeton 2007-08 6-23 .207 Sydney Johnson (1st of four)
Providence 1984-85 11-20 .355 Joe Mullaney (18th of 18)
Purdue 2004-05 7-21 .250 Gene Keady (25th of 25)
Quinnipiac 2000-01 6-21 .222 Joe DeSantis (5th of 11)
Radford 2011-12 6-26 .188 Mike Jones (1st of TBD)
Rhode Island 1999-2000 5-25 .167 Jerry DeGregorio (1st of two)
Rice 2007-08 3-27 .100 Willis Wilson (16th of 16)
Richmond 1977-78 4-22 .154 Carl Slone (4th of four)
Richmond 2006-07 8-22 .267 Chris Mooney (2nd of TBD)
Rider 1988-89 5-23 .179 John Carpenter (23rd of 23)
Robert Morris 1996-97 4-24 .143 Jim Boone (1st of four)
Rutgers 1954-55 2-22 .083 Don White (10th of 11)
Rutgers 1987-88 7-22 .241 Craig Littlepage (3rd of three)
Sacramento State 2008-09 2-27 .069 Brian Katz (1st of TBD)
Sacred Heart 1999-2000 3-25 .107 Dave Bike (22nd of TBD)
St. Bonaventure 2004-05 2-26 .071 Anthony Solomon (2nd of four)
St. Francis (N.Y.) 1983-84 2-26 .071 Gene Roberti (5th of five)
St. Francis (N.Y.) 1993-94 1-26 .037 Ron Ganulin (3rd of 14)
Saint Francis (Pa.) 2005-06 4-24 .143 Bobby Jones (7th of nine)
St. John's 2003-04 6-21 .222 Mike Jarvis* (6th of six)
Saint Joseph's 1911-12 6-22 .214 John Donahue (1st of eight)
Saint Joseph's 2010-11 11-22 .333 Phil Martelli (16th of TBD)
Saint Louis 1982-83 5-23 .179 Rich Grawer (1st of 10)
Saint Mary's 2000-01 2-27 .069 Dave Bollwinkel (4th of four)
Saint Peter's 2011-12 5-26 .161 John Dunne (6th of TBD)
Samford 1975-76 3-23 .115 Fred Crowell (1st of four)
Sam Houston State 1967-68 9-22 .290 Archie Porter (4th of 11)
Sam Houston State 1978-79 5-22 .185 Dennis Price (4th of four)
San Diego 2003-04 4-26 .133 Brad Holland (10th of 13)
San Diego State 1986-87 5-25 .167 Smokey Gaines (8th of eight)
San Francisco 1985-86 7-21 .250 Jim Brovelli (1st of 10)
San Francisco 2007-08 10-21 .323 Jessie Evans* (4th of four)
San Jose State 2005-06 6-25 .194 George Nessman (1st of TBD)
San Jose State 2006-07 5-25 .167 George Nessman (2nd of TBD)
Santa Clara 2011-12 8-22 .267 Kerry Keating (5th of TBD)
Savannah State 2004-05 0-28 .000 Ed Daniels Jr. (3rd of three)
Savannah State 2005-06 2-28 .067 Horace Broadnax (1st of TBD)
Seattle 1992-93 6-24 .200 Al Hairston (2nd of nine)
Seton Hall 1982-83 6-23 .207 P.J. Carlesimo (1st of 12)
Siena 2004-05 6-24 .200 Rob Lanier (4th of four)
South Alabama 2001-02 7-21 .250 Bob Weltlich (5th of five)
South Carolina 1937-38 3-21 .125 Ted Petoskey (3rd of five)
South Carolina 1998-99 8-21 .276 Eddie Fogler (6th of eight)
South Carolina 2011-12 10-21 .323 Darrin Horn (4th of four)
South Carolina State 2011-12 5-26 .161 Tim Carter (5th of TBD)
USC Upstate 1977-78 4-26 .133 Bill Hinson (1st of three)
Southeast Missouri State 2008-09 3-27 .100 Zac Roman (only season)
South Florida 2010-11 10-23 .303 Stan Heath (4th of TBD)
Southeastern Louisiana 1988-89 3-24 .111 Leo McClure (only full season)
Southern 2010-11 4-26 .133 Rob Spivery (6th of six)
Southern California 2011-12 6-26 .188 Kevin O'Neill (3rd of TBD)
Southern Illinois 2011-12 8-23 .258 Chris Lowery (8th of eight)
SIU-Edwardsville 2009-10 5-23 .179 Lennox Forrester (3rd of TBD)
Southern Methodist 1981-82 6-21 .222 Dave Bliss (3rd of nine)
Southern Methodist 1993-94 6-21 .222 John Shumate (6th of seven)
Southern Methodist 2008-09 9-21 .300 Matt Doherty (3rd of six)
Southern Mississippi 1971-72 0-24 .000 Jeep Clark (1st of five)
Southern Utah 2009-10 7-22 .241 Roger Reid (3rd of five)
Stanford 1992-93 7-23 .233 Mike Montgomery (7th of 18)
Stephen F. Austin 1989-90 2-25 .074 Mike Martin (2nd of two)
Stetson 2010-11 8-23 .258 Derek Waugh (11th of 11)
Stony Brook 2005-06 4-24 .143 Steve Pikiell (1st of TBD)
Syracuse 1961-62 2-22 .083 Marc Guley (12th of 12)
Temple 1958-59 6-19 .240 Harry Litwack (7th of 21)
Temple 1974-75 7-19 .269 Don Casey (2nd of nine)
Tennessee 1990-91 12-22 .353 Wade Houston (2nd of five)
Tennessee 1993-94 5-22 .185 Wade Houston (5th of five)
Tennessee-Martin 2011-12 4-27 .129 Jason James (3rd of TBD)
Tennessee State 2002-03 2-25 .074 Nolan Richardson III* (3rd of three)
Tennessee Tech 1979-80 5-21 .192 Cliff Malpass (4th of four)
Tennessee Tech 1993-94 10-21 .323 Frank Harrell (6th of 10)
Tennessee Tech 1997-98 9-21 .300 Frank Harrell (10th of 10)
Texas 1982-83 6-22 .214 Bob Weltlich (1st of six)
Texas A&M 1991-92 6-22 .214 Tony Barone (1st of seven)
Texas A&M 2001-02 9-22 .290 Melvin Watkins (4th of six)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2011-12 6-24 .200 Willis Wilson (1st of TBD)
Texas-Arlington 1976-77 3-24 .111 Bob LeGrand (1st of 11)
Texas Christian 2005-06 6-25 .194 Neil Dougherty (4th of six)
Texas-El Paso 2002-03 6-24 .200 Billy Gillispie (1st of two)
Texas-Pan American 2009-10 6-27 .182 Ryan Marks (1st of TBD)
Texas-San Antonio 1985-86 7-24 .226 Don Eddy* (2nd of two)
Texas Southern 2007-08 7-25 .219 Robert Moreland (27th of 27)
Texas Southern 2008-09 7-25 .219 Tony Harvey (1st of TBD)
Texas State 2005-06 3-24 .111 Dennis Nutt (6th of six)
Texas Tech 1990-91 8-23 .258 Gerald Myers (21st of 21)
Texas Tech 2011-12 8-23 .258 Billy Gillispie (1st of TBD)
Toledo 2009-10 4-28 .125 Gene Cross (2nd of two)
Toledo 2010-11 4-28 .125 Tod Kowalczyk (1st of TBD)
Towson 2011-12 1-31 .031 Patrick Skerry (1st of TBD)
Troy 1977-78 1-23 .042 Wes Bizilia (5th of nine)
Tulane 1989-90 4-24 .143 Perry Clark (1st of 11)
Tulsa 1948-49 4-20 .200 John Garrison (2nd of two)
Tulsa 1976-77 7-20 .259 Jim King (2nd of 5th)
Tulsa 1987-88 8-20 .286 J.D. Barnett (3rd of six)
Tulsa 2003-04 9-20 .310 John Phillips (3rd of four)
Tulsa 2004-05 9-20 .310 John Phillips* (3rd of four)
UAB 2001-02 13-17 .433 Murry Bartow (6th of six)
UCF 2000-01 8-23 .258 Kirk Speraw (8th of 17)
UCLA 1937-38 4-20 .167 Caddy Works (17th of 18)
UCLA 1938-39 7-20 .259 Caddy Works (18th of 18)
UCLA 1940-41 6-20 .231 Wilbur Johns (2nd of nine)
UNLV 1994-95 12-16 .429 Tim Grgurich* (only season)
UNLV 1995-96 10-16 .385 Bill Bayno (1st of six)
Utah 2011-12 6-25 .194 Larry Krystkowiak (1st of TBD)
Utah State 1981-82 4-23 .148 Rod Tueller (3rd of nine)
Utah Valley 2009-10 12-18 .400 Dick Hunsaker (7th of TBD)
Valparaiso 1989-90 4-24 .143 Homer Drew (2nd of 22)
Vanderbilt 2002-03 11-18 .380 Kevin Stallings (4th of TBD)
Vermont 1987-88 3-24 .111 Tom Brennan (2nd of 19)
Villanova 1973-74 7-19 .269 Rollie Massimino (1st of 19)
Villanova 1992-93 8-19 .296 Steve Lappas (1st of nine)
Villanova 2011-12 13-19 .406 Jay Wright (11th of TBD)
Virginia 1960-61 3-23 .115 Billy McCann (4th of six)
Virginia Commonwealth 1997-98 9-19 .321 Sonny Smith (9th of nine)
Virginia Military 1970-71 1-25 .038 Mike Schuler (2nd of three)
Virginia Military 1981-82 1-25 .038 Charlie Schmaus (6th of six)
Virginia Military 1982-83 2-25 .074 Marty Fletcher (1st of four)
Virginia Tech 1953-54 3-24 .111 Red Laird (7th of eight)
Wagner 1990-91 4-26 .133 Tim Capstraw (2nd of 10)
Wagner 2009-10 5-26 .161 Mike Deane (7th of seven)
Wake Forest 2010-11 8-24 .250 Jeff Bzdelik (1st of TBD)
Washington 1993-94 5-22 .185 Bob Bender (1st of nine)
Washington State 1952-53 7-27 .206 Jack Friel (25th of 30)
Weber State 1986-87 7-22 .241 Larry Farmer (2nd of three)
Western Carolina 2000-01 6-25 .194 Steve Shurina (1st of five)
Western Illinois 2003-04 3-25 .107 Derek Thomas (1st of five)
Western Kentucky 1945-46 15-19 .441 Ed A. Diddle (24th of 42)
Western Kentucky 1997-98 10-19 .345 Matt Kilcullen* (4th of four)
Western Michigan 1978-79 7-23 .233 Dick Shilts (3rd of three)
Western Michigan 1982-83 5-23 .179 Vern Payne (1st of seven)
West Virginia 2001-02 8-20 .286 Gale Catlett (21st of 24)
Wichita State 1995-96 8-21 .276 Scott Thompson (4th of four)
William & Mary 2011-12 6-26 .188 Tony Shaver (9th of TBD)
Winston-Salem State 2006-07 5-24 .172 Bobby Collins (1st of TBD)
Winthrop 1993-94 4-23 .148 Dan Kenney (2nd of six)
Wisconsin 1981-82 6-21 .222 Bill Cofield (6th of six)
Wofford 1979-80 7-25 .219 Wayne Earhardt (3rd of eight)
Wright State 1996-97 7-20 .259 Jim Brown (interim)
Wyoming 1958-59 4-22 .154 Everett Shelton (19th of 19)
Wyoming 1973-74 4-22 .154 Moe Radovich (1st of three)
Xavier 1972-73 3-23 .115 Dick Campbell (2nd of two)
Yale 1998-99 4-22 .154 Dick Kuchen (13th of 13)
Youngstown State 1992-93 3-23 .115 John Stroia (4th of four)
Youngstown State 2001-02 5-23 .179 John Robic (3rd of six)
Youngstown State 2004-05 5-23 .179 John Robic (6th of six)

*Coach wasn't in charge of team the entire season.

High School Reunion: College Version of Networking for Coaching Job has conducted extensive research on schools hiring coaches of prep phenoms who attended the same university. New Virginia Tech coach James Johnson is one of six active NCAA Division I mentors who got their start as a college assistant by tagging along directly or being reunited with one of their star high school players.

Head Coach School College Start as Assistant Standout High School Player(s)
Bobby Braswell Cal State Northridge Long Beach State (1989) Lucious Harris and Tyrone Mitchell
Mike Brey Notre Dame Duke (1987) Danny Ferry
Mick Cronin Cincinnati Cincinnati (1996) Damon Flint
Keith Dambrot Akron Akron (2001) Dru Joyce III, Derrick Tarver and Romeo Travis
James Johnson Virginia Tech Old Dominion (1997) Michael Williams
Mark Phelps Drake North Carolina State (1996) Damon Thornton and Kenny Inge

NOTE: Brey and Cronin were high school assistant coaches.

Back to Old Stomping Grounds: Quick Return to VT for James Johnson

James Johnson, an assistant for Virginia Tech the past five seasons under recently-dismissed Brad Greenberg, returned to the Hokies as head coach after serving as chief assistant with ACC rival Clemson for less than two weeks. VT had tried to retain him by offering to match his Clemson salary offer, but Johnson said it wasn't about the money, raising questions regarding whether there was a "family atmosphere" work environment.

Johnson isn't the only coach to make a good first impression before moving on to another school. He joins the following alphabetical list of current head coaches at a school where they previously served as an assistant before being hired while working elsewhere:

Active Coach School Years as Assistant for Same College Before Working Elsewhere
Mike Anderson Arkansas 1985-86 through 2001-02 under Nolan Richardson
Roman Banks Southern 1997-98 through 2002-03 under Tommy Green and Ben Jobe
Mick Cronin Cincinnati 1996-97 through 2000-01 under Bob Huggins
Howie Dickenman Central Connecticut State 1975-76 and 1976-77 under Bill Detrick
Tim Floyd Texas-El Paso 1977-78 through 1985-86 under Don Haskins
John Gallagher Hartford 2006-07 and 2007-08 under Dan Leibovitz
Chris Holtmann Gardner-Webb 2003-04 through 2007-08 under Rick Scruggs
Bob Huggins West Virginia 1977-78 under Joedy Gardner
Brad Huse Montana State 1994-95 and 1995-96 under Mick Durham
George Ivory Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2002-03 through 2005-06 under Van Holt
Rob Jeter Milwaukee 1999-2000 and 2000-01 under Bo Ryan
James Johnson Virginia Tech 2007-08 through 2011-12 under Brad Greenberg
James Jones Yale 1995-96 and 1996-97 under Dick Kuchen
Derek Kellogg Massachusetts 1996-97 under John Calipari
Billy Kennedy Texas A&M 1990-91 under Kermit Davis Jr.
Dale Layer Liberty 2007-08 under Ritchie McKay
Mike Martin Brown 2005-06 under Glen Miller
Steve Masiello Manhattan 2001-02 through 2004-05 under Bobby Gonzalez
Bob McKillop Davidson 1978-79 under Eddie Biedenbach
Scott Nagy South Dakota State 1990-91 through 1992-93 under Jim Thorson
Gregg Nibert Presbyterian 1981-82 through 1983-84 under Butch Estes
Kevin Nickelberry Howard University 1995-96 through 1997-98 under Mike McLeese
Dave Rice UNLV 1991-92 under Jerry Tarkanian and 1994-95 through 2003-04 under Tim Grgurich, Bill Bayno and Charlie Spoonhour
Keith Richard Louisiana-Monroe 1984-85, 1985-86 and 1989-90 through 1993-94 under Mike Vining
Bo Ryan Wisconsin 1976-77 through 1983-84 under Bill Cofield and Steve Yoder
Bill Self Kansas 1985-86 under Larry Brown
Dave Simmons McNeese State 1987-88 through 1993-94 under Steve Welch
Marty Simmons Evansville 1997-98 through 2001-02 under Jim Crews
Roy Williams North Carolina 1978-79 through 1987-88 under Dean Smith
Jay Wright Villanova 1987-88 through 1991-92 under Rollie Massimino

NOTE: Cronin, Dickenman, Huggins, Kellogg, Richard, M. Simmons and Williams graduated from the schools where they are coaching.

Southern Discomfort: Tyndall Adds to List of Coaches Leaving Alma Maters

We don't know if the song "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" was the background music. But Donnie Tyndall, departing Morehead State for Southern Mississippi, is the latest coach to make the gut-wrenching decision to leave his alma mater for a coaching position with another school or NBA franchise.

Three former Princeton coaches - Sydney Johnson, Joe Scott and John Thompson III - are among the following alphabetical list of active mentors who voluntarily left their Division I alma maters:

Active Coach Alma Mater (Coaching Years) Subsequent Job (Years)
Jim Baron St. Bonaventure '77 (1993-2001) Rhode Island (2002-12)
Ed Conroy The Citadel '89 (2007-10) Tulane (since 2011)
Ed DeChellis Penn State '82 (2004-11) Navy (since 2012)
Sydney Johnson Princeton '97 (2008-11) Fairfield (since 2012)
Billy Kennedy Southeastern Louisiana '86 (2000-05) Miami (FL) assistant (2006)
Lon Kruger Kansas State '74 (1987-90) Florida (1991-96)
Larry Krystkowiak Montana '86 (2005 and 2006) Milwaukee Bucks (2007 and 2008)
Mike Krzyzewski Army '69 (1976-80) Duke (since 1981)
Thad Matta Butler '90 (2001) Xavier (2002-04)
Ray McCallum Ball State '83 (1994-2000) Houston (2001-04)
Greg McDermott Northern Iowa '88 (2002-06) Iowa State (2007-10)
Oliver Purnell Old Dominion '75 (1992-94) Dayton (1995-2003)
Joe Scott Princeton '87 (2005-07) Denver (since 2008)
Blaine Taylor Montana '81 (1992-98) Stanford assistant (1999-2001)
John Thompson III Princeton '88 (2001-04) Georgetown (since 2005)
Donnie Tyndall Morehead State '93 (2007-12) Southern Mississippi (since 2013)

NOTE: Baron (Canisius), Kennedy (Texas A&M), Krystkowiak (Utah), Matta (Ohio State), McCallum (Detroit), McDermott (Creighton), Purnell (DePaul) and Taylor (Old Dominion) are currently coaching other colleges.

Famine Relief: Waves Crashing for Pepperdine in West Coast

Pepperdine is runner-up to San Francisco for most all-league selections in West Coast Conference history. But the Waves have fallen on hard times and are the nation's only school not to have an all-conference choice in the last seven seasons.

Elsewhere, Rutgers might need to visit its archives and bring Dick Vitale back as a recruiter. The Scarlet Knights, failing to secure All-Big East Conference acclaim since Quincy Douby in 2005-06, have the longest all-league famine among members of power alliances. Following is an alphabetical list of schools enduring honor droughts having no all-league picks at least the past four seasons:

School Conference Last All-League Selection(s)
DePaul Big East Draelon Burns in 2007-08
Florida A&M Mid-Eastern Athletic Rome Sanders in 2006-07
Jacksonville State Ohio Valley Courtney Blake in 2006-07
Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt Tony Hooper in 2006-07
Pepperdine West Coast Alex Acker and Glen McGowan in 2004-05
Rutgers Big East Quincy Douby in 2005-06
Sacramento State Big Sky Alex Bausley and DaShawn Freeman in 2005-06
Samford Ohio Valley Travis Peterson in 2007-08
Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Randal Falker and Bryan Mullins in 2007-08
Texas Tech Big 12 Martin Zeno in 2007-08

From Penthouse to Outhouse: No Tourney Guarantee for Final Four Teams

It has previously happened once to Kansas and Ohio State, but they aspire not to join Louisville and Louisiana State as schools to twice fail to appear in the NCAA Tournament the season after reaching a Final Four. A total of 27 schools since the NCAA Tournament field expanded to at least 48 teams in 1980 failed to qualify for the NCAA playoffs the ensuing season after advancing to the national semifinals.

However, Butler found this past year that all isn't lost when failing to return to the tourney. Despite the disappointment of not participating in the NCAA playoffs, the last 11 schools in this category averaged 20 victories.

Final Four Team Record Next Year League Finish
Indiana State '79 16-11 in 1979-80 T5th in MVC
Michigan State '79 12-15 in 1979-80 9th in Big Ten
Purdue '80 21-11 in 1980-81 4th in Big Ten
Louisiana State '81 14-14 in 1981-82 T4th in SEC
Georgia '83 17-13 in 1983-84 T7th in SEC
North Carolina State '83 19-14 in 1983-84 7th in ACC
Houston '84 16-14 in 1984-85 T5th in SWC
Virginia '84 17-16 in 1984-85 8th in ACC
Louisville '86 18-14 in 1986-87 1st in Metro
Providence '87 11-17 in 1987-88 8th in Big East
Kansas '88 19-12 in 1988-89 6th in Big Eight
Seton Hall '89 12-16 in 1989-90 T7th in Big East
UNLV '91 26-2 in 1991-92 1st in Big West
Duke '94 13-18 in 1994-95 9th in ACC
Oklahoma State '95 17-10 in 1995-96 T4th in Big Eight
Mississippi State '96 12-18 in 1996-97 T3rd in SEC Western
Syracuse '96 19-13 in 1996-97 T4th in Big East 7
Minnesota '97 20-15 in 1997-98 8th in Big Ten
Marquette '03 19-12 in 2003-04 8th in C-USA
Louisville '05 21-13 in 2005-06 T11th in Big East
George Mason '06 18-15 in 2006-07 T5th in CAA
Louisiana State '06 17-15 in 2006-07 6th in SEC Western
Florida '07 24-12 in 2007-08 4th in SEC Eastern
Ohio State '07 24-13 in 2007-08 5th in Big Ten
Connecticut '09 18-16 in 2009-10 T11th in Big East
North Carolina '09 20-17 in 2009-10 T9th in ACC
Butler '11 22-15 in 2011-12 T3rd in Horizon League

NOTES: Kansas and UNLV were on NCAA probation. . . . Duke, George Mason, Indiana State, Louisiana State '07, Louisville '87, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Providence and Seton Hall were eligible schools that also didn't participate in the NIT.

Winning Ways: No Surprise UK and KU Were in NCAA Championship Contest

It shouldn't have been any surprise that Kentucky and Kansas opposed each other in this year's NCAA title game. The two schools are all about winning championships, combining for 105 regular-season conference crowns. KU's streak of eight straight Big 12 titles, catapulting the Jayhawks to a staggering average of almost 33 victories annually over the last six years, enables them to be atop the following list of schools with more than 25 regular-season major-college league championships:

*WKU's total is 42 if include 14 titles won in the KIAC/SIAA in the 1930s and 1940s. All current members of the SEC (except for Arkansas) previously were in the SIAA and six of the 12 ACC members comprised a portion of it.

The Road Well-Traveled: Nomads Brown and Jankovich Hook Up at SMU

Seems as if it takes a vagabond to know one. When Tim Jankovich joined Larry Brown at Southern Methodist as coach-in-waiting, it paired two wanderlust bench bosses. USC's Kevin O'Neill is the only active mentor who has packed his suitcases more often for so many moves.

SMU is the fifth different university Jankovich has worked for in the state of Texas. Following is a look at the pit stops for head coaches who worked with more than 10 different colleges and NBA franchises in a coaching capacity:

Kevin O'Neill (14) - *Arizona, Delaware, Detroit (NBA), Indiana (NBA), *Marquette, *Marycrest (Iowa), Memphis (NBA), New York (NBA), *North Country Community College (N.Y.), *Northwestern, *Southern California, *Tennessee, *Toronto (NBA), Tulsa

Larry Brown (13) - *Carolina/Denver (ABA), *Charlotte (NBA), *Detroit (NBA), *Indiana (NBA), *Kansas, *L.A. Clippers (NBA), *New Jersey (NBA), *New York (NBA), North Carolina, *Philadelphia (NBA), *San Antonio (NBA), *SMU, *UCLA

Tim Jankovich (13) - Baylor, Colorado State, *Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Illinois, *Illinois State, Kansas, Kansas State, *North Texas, Oklahoma State, Pan American, SMU, Texas, Vanderbilt

Billy Kennedy (11) - California, *Centenary, Creighton, Miami (Fla.), *Murray State, New Orleans, Northwestern State, *Southeastern Louisiana, *Texas A&M, Tulane, Wyoming

*Worked for team as head coach.

Keep Hoop Alive: First-Rounder Kendall Wright Joins Select Circle

Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, a basketball player in college before concentrating solely on football, was rumored to have his NFL draft stock falling. But Wright, standing his ground as if he was taking a charge, was chosen in the first round (20th selection overall) by the Tennessee Titans.

Wright collected 10 points and 6 rebounds in 13 basketball games as a freshman in 2008-09. He finished his collegiate career as the most prolific receiver in Baylor history, setting or tying 16 school records. Wright led the Bears with 108 receptions for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2011. He had two games with more than 200 yards - Kansas State and Oklahoma (including an 87-yard TD from Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III). The Titans had a similar ex-hoopster wide receiver in the NFL playoffs following the 2008 campaign when Justin Gage (Missouri) caught 10 passes in a 13-10 loss against the Baltimore Ravens.

Historically, the first 15 NFL drafts from 1936 through 1950 had a former college basketball regular selected among the top 10 picks. Four of the top six choices and five of the top 11 in the 1957 draft were ex-college hoopsters. In 1963, five of the top 22 picks, including four from schools that have always been or subsequently became members of the Big Ten Conference, were in the same category.

Wright, who broke the Texas Bowl record with 12 catches vs. Illinois in 2010, is the fourth ex-Baylor hoopster to become an NFL first-round draft pick. He joins the following alphabetical list of NFL first-round draft choices who played varsity college basketball for a major university:

First-Round Choice Pos. College Selected in Draft By NFL Pick Overall
Neill Armstrong OE-DB Oklahoma A&M Philadelphia Eagles 8th in 1947
Doug Atkins DE Tennessee Cleveland Browns 11th in 1953
Terry Baker QB-RB Oregon State Los Angeles Rams 1st in 1963
Sammy Baugh QB Texas Christian Boston Redskins 6th in 1937
*Hub Bechtol E Texas Tech/Texas Pittsburgh Steelers 5th in 1947
Johnny Bright RB Drake Philadelphia Eagles 5th in 1952
Jim Brown RB Syracuse Cleveland Browns 6th in 1957
Bob Carey WR Michigan State Los Angeles Rams 13th in 1952
Fred Carr LB Texas Western Green Bay Packers 5th in 1968
Lynn Chandnois HB Michigan State Pittsburgh Steelers 8th in 1950
George Connor OL-DT-LB Notre Dame New York Giants 5th in 1946
Olie Cordill HB Rice Cleveland Browns 5th in 1940
Ernie Davis HB Syracuse Washington Redskins 1st in 1962
Glenn Davis HB Army Detroit Lions 2nd in 1947
Len Dawson QB Purdue Pittsburgh Steelers 5th in 1957
Mike Ditka TE Pittsburgh Chicago Bears 5th in 1961
Rickey Dudley TE Ohio State Oakland Raiders 9th in 1996
Ray Evans TB-DB Kansas Chicago Bears 9th in 1944
James Francis LB Baylor Cincinnati Bengals 12th in 1990
Reuben Gant TE Oklahoma State Buffalo Bills 18th in 1974
Tony Gonzalez TE California Kansas City Chiefs 13th in 1996
Otto Graham QB Northwestern Detroit Lions 4th in 1944
Bud Grant E Minnesota Philadelphia Eagles 14th in 1950
Bob Griese QB Purdue Miami Dolphins 4th in 1967
Kevin Hardy DL Notre Dame New Orleans Saints 7th in 1968
Tom Harmon HB-DB Michigan Chicago Bears 1st in 1941
Todd Heap TE Arizona State Baltimore Ravens 31st in 2001
King Hill QB Rice Chicago Cardinals 1st as bonus pick in 1958
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch OE Michigan Cleveland Rams 5th in 1945
Paul Hornung RB Notre Dame Green Bay Packers 1st as bonus pick in 1957
Jack Jenkins FB-LB Vanderbilt Washington Redskins 10th in 1943
Ed "Too Tall" Jones DL Tennessee State Dallas Cowboys 1st in 1974
Matt Jones E Arkansas Jacksonville Jaquars 21st in 2005
Shante Jones DE Arizona State Dallas Cowboys 23rd in 1994
Billy Kilmer QB UCLA San Francisco 49ers 11th in 1961
Ron Kramer WR Michigan Green Bay Packers 4th in 1957
Johnny Lattner HB Notre Dame Pittsburgh Steelers 7th in 1954
Bobby Layne QB Texas Chicago Bears 3rd in 1948
Ronnie Lott DB Southern California San Francisco 49ers 8th in 1981
Johnny Lujack QB Notre Dame Chicago Bears 4th in 1946
Don Lund FB-LB Michigan Chicago Bears 7th in 1945
Bob MacLeod B Dartmouth Brooklyn Dodgers 5th in 1939
Jim McDonald B Ohio State Philadelphia Eagles 2nd in 1938
Banks McFadden HB Clemson Brooklyn Dodgers 3rd in 1940
Rich McGeorge TE Elon Green Bay Packers 16th in 1970
Donovan McNabb QB Syracuse Philadelphia Eagles 2nd in 1999
R.W. McQuarters CB Oklahoma State San Francisco 49ers 28th in 1998
Leonard Mitchell DE Houston Philadelphia Eagles 27th in 1981
Mack Mitchell DE Houston Cleveland Browns 5th in 1975
Julius Peppers DE North Carolina Carolina Panthers 2nd in 2002
Pat Richter TE Wisconsin Washington Redskins 7th in 1962
Andre Rison WR Michigan State Indianapolis Colts 22nd in 1989
Jack Robbins QB Arkansas Chicago Cardinals 5th in 1938
Reggie Rogers DL Washington Detroit Lions 7th in 1987
Art Schlichter QB Ohio State Baltimore Colts 4th in 1982
Del Shofner E Baylor Los Angeles Rams 11th in 1957
Norm Snead QB Wake Forest Washington Redskins 2nd in 1961
Joe Stydahar T West Virginia Chicago Bears 6th in 1936
Doak Walker HB-DB Southern Methodist New York Bulldogs 3rd in 1949
Byron "Whizzer" White B Colorado Pittsburgh Steelers 4th in 1938
Alfred Williams DE Colorado Cincinnati Bengals 18th in 1991
Jack Wilson HB Baylor Cleveland Browns 2nd in 1942
Kendall Wright WR Baylor Tennessee Titans 20th in 2012

*Bechtol played in the AAFC, where he was a second-round pick (9th overall).

Life in Real World: Randolph Childress Joins Wake Forest's Staff

When former Wake Forest All-American guard Randolph Childress joined his alma mater as director of player development, the thought might have crossed your mind as to what other standout players might have done in the real world after their basketball deflated. If so, has conducted extensive research on the subject. Have you wondered "Whatever Happened to . . . . ?"

McDermott Joins Vanishing Breed of White First-Team All-Americans

With political correctness running amuck, there is always a risk of being portrayed akin to Al Campanis when discussing race issues. has conducted extensive research on trailblazing African-Americans who broke the color barrier at current NCAA Division I schools. And now it's time to assess the racial overtones of college basketball through the current minority prism of the white player.

According to a politically-direct UCF study several years ago, Creighton's Doug McDermott faced an uphill climb this year becoming an NCAA consensus first-team All-American inasmuch as fewer than 1/3 of NCAA Division I players are white. There is some credence to refraining from judging a book by its cover. But the last time a majority of the NCAA consensus All-American first-team selections were white was 1969-70 (LSU's Pete Maravich, Purdue's Rick Mount and Kentucky's Dan Issel).

McDermott could become the first mid-major player to be a two-time NCAA consensus first-team All-American since UNLV's Larry Johnson in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Non-whites accounted for more than 83 percent of the NCAA consensus All-American first- and second-selections since the shot clock was introduced nationwide in 1985-86. Alarmists might beg to differ, but the white American player hasn't exactly slipped into extinction. This isn't boxing, but McDermott is clearly the latest "Great White Hope" along with Indiana sophomore-to-be center Cody Zeller, the younger brother of North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, a second-team All-American this season as a senior.

McDermott, who averaged 25.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in three non-league victories over Big Ten Conference members, could become only the sixth white player in the last 30 seasons to emerge as a multiple-year consensus first-team All-American. Following is an alphabetical list of only 19 different white players in that time span named as an NCAA consensus first-team All-American:

White First-Team All-American Pos. School A-A Season(s)
Steve Alford G Indiana 1985-86 and 1986-87
Andrew Bogut C Utah 2004-05
Nick Collison F Kansas 2002-03
Dan Dickau G Gonzaga 2001-02
Danny Ferry F Duke 1988-89
Jimmer Fredette G Brigham Young 2010-11
Tyler Hansbrough F-C North Carolina 2006-07 through 2008-09
Bobby Hurley G Duke 1992-93
Casey Jacobsen F-G Stanford 2000-01
Christian Laettner F-C Duke 1991-92
Raef LaFrentz F-C Kansas 1996-97 and 1997-98
Kevin Love C UCLA 2007-08
Doug McDermott F Creighton 2011-12
Chris Mihm C Texas 1999-2000
Adam Morrison F Gonzaga 2005-06
Chris Mullin G St. John's 1984-85
Troy Murphy F Notre Dame 1999-2000 and 2000-01
J.J. Redick G Duke 2004-05 and 2005-06
Keith Van Horn F Utah 1996-97

Blue Blood Program: Kentucky is Ultimate Mount Rushmore Hoop Power

Choose any combination of categories (victories, national team records, winning streaks, final Top 20 or 25 polls, total of All-Americans, conference championships, etc.) and one basketball program has consistently stood above them all. It's the University of Kentucky, which is ranked #1 by as the all-time premier basketball school! However, excellence and Kentucky didn't co-exist at the beginning.

Basketball at UK reportedly started in 1903 when W.W.H. Mustaine called together some students, took up a collection totaling $3 for a ball and told them to start playing. There was no official coach the first seven seasons when managers guided the squad to a 21-35 record (.375). Centre (KY), the state power in the early years, defeated Kentucky (87-17 in 1909-10) and Louisville (61-7 in 1919-20) by more than 50 points, handing each perennial power its most lopsided loss in history.

Believe it or not, the mighty Wildcats lost their first six games against Georgetown. And the 'Cats didn't have Hoya Paranoia. The nemesis was Georgetown College (KY), not Georgetown University (DC).

At the time, Lexington wasn't the place to be. Eleven of Kentucky's first 13 coaches through 1927 coached just one campaign. But in-state Georgetown was whipped by the Wildcats, 67-19, in legendary coach Adolph Rupp's college debut in 1930. Rupp's first two seasons as Kentucky's coach were the Wildcats' last two years as a member of the Southern Conference before they joined the SEC. His salary was $2,800 in 1930-31 and $3,000 in 1931-32. Current coach John Calipari probably earns that much per tweet.

Over the decades, UK's program evolved to the pressure point that, buttressed by so many loyal supporters, it seems as if it is managed by three million "coaches." Although Kentucky was late in embracing African-American players and boasts a booster culture of suspect off-the-court shenanigans, it is difficult for any program to measure up to the success enjoyed by the Wildcats' fans in Big Blue Heaven since an inauspicious start.

In the aftermath of Kentucky's eighth NCAA championship, it seems like an appropriate time for a history lesson acknowledging the following timeline capturing the Wildcats' illustrious history since the introduction of national postseason competition in the late 1930s:

1937-38: Joe Hagan's 48-foot shot with 12 seconds remaining enabled Kentucky to edge Marquette, 35-33. Showing the state's obsession with hoops success after the game, Gov. Happy Chandler pounded a nail into the floor to mark the spot of the decisive shot. Hagan went to Kentucky to play football, tried out for the basketball team uninvited by coach Adolph Rupp and was captain of the Wildcats' 1937 football squad.

1939-40: Kentucky began a streak of 19 consecutive victories over Vanderbilt that ended in 1951.

1941-42: Kentucky lost to Notre Dame for the seventh consecutive time, including the last four years by an average of three points. UK's first game in an NCAA Tournament resulted in a 46-44 verdict over Big Ten titlist Illinois. Wildcats forward Ermal Allen, who scored 10 points in two playoff games, went on to intercept four passes as a defensive back for Cleveland (AAFC) in 1947 before becoming a longtime assistant coach and front office staff member of the Dallas Cowboys. Allen competed in the pros under coach Paul Brown after playing football in college under Paul "Bear" Bryant. Forget about Butler's bumbling and stumbling last year because Kentucky's output in a 47-28 loss to Dartmouth in the national semifinals is an all-time Final Four-low.

1943-44: Kentucky freshman center Bob Brannum was an NCAA consensus first-team All-American. He was one of three UK freshmen named to the SEC's All-Tournament first team. Eventual champion Utah entered the NCAA Tournament through the back door after losing to Kentucky in the first round of the NIT.

1944-45: In a gigantic mismatch, Kentucky overwhelmed Arkansas State, 75-6, although Alex Groza, the Wildcats' standout freshman center, did not play in the game. Groza led Kentucky to an 11-0 start with an average of 16.5 points per game before he was inducted into the Army.

1945-46: Kentucky (28-2) captured the NIT in coach Adolph Rupp's 16th of 41 seasons with the Wildcats. Rhode Island's Ernie Calverley was named NIT Most Valuable Player although Kentucky freshman Ralph Beard outscored him, 13-8, when UK won the final, 46-45. Beard had played freshman football for the Wildcats, starting three games at fullback behind quarterback George Blanda.

1946-47: Utah won the NIT as 5-8 Wat Misaka restricted unanimous first-team All-American Ralph Beard to one point in a 49-45 triumph over Kentucky in the championship game. Kentucky standout center Alex Groza saw limited action in the SEC Tournament because of a back injury, but the Wildcats cruised to victories over Vanderbilt (98-29), Auburn (84-18), Georgia Tech (75-53) and Tulane (55-38). The all-tourney team (considered the All-SEC team that season) included five Wildcats on the first five - forwards Jack Tingle and Joe Holland, center Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones and guards Ken Rollins and Beard. Sophomores Beard and Groza are the only set of underclassmen teammates named NCAA consensus first-team All-Americans in the same year since the start of the NCAA Tournament. Tingle, a four-time All-SEC selection, died in 1958 at the age of 33 because of cancer. A reason UK may have failed to repeat as NIT champion was Converse All-American guard Jack Parkinson was serving in the U.S. Air Force.

1947-48: Kentucky's winningest team in school history (36-3 record despite a mid-season stretch featuring 10 road contests in a 12-game span) had an excessive amount of maturity since Ken Rollins, Alex Groza, Dale Barnstable, Jim Line and Cliff Barker were World War II service veterans. Barker, a defensive specialist, was in a German prisoner-of-war camp for 16 months after the Army crewman's B-17 was shot down in Europe. He improved his ballhandling skills by filling idle time in prison camp bouncing and passing a volleyball, the only ball he could find. Kentucky's victory total set an NCAA record that stood for 39 years until 1987. Guard Jack Parkinson, a former All-American, didn't participate in the playoffs for the Wildcats because he was a fourth-year varsity player.

1948-49: Kentucky, unbeaten in SEC competition for the third consecutive season en route to becoming the first school to win more than 30 games overall in three consecutive campaigns, finished sixth nationally in both team offense and defense to successfuly defend its NCAA crown. Wildcats coach Adolph Rupp needed every single one of the victories to finish one win ahead of Harold Anderson (248 with Toledo and Bowling Green State) for most triumphs in the decade. The UK trio comprised of Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Wah Wah Jones were All-Americans for the third straight year. Despite returning seven of his top eight scorers from an NCAA titlist, Rupp experimented with the Wildcats' lineup until he achieved the chemistry he sought. Cliff Barker was moved from forward to guard and forward Dale Barnstable also played some guard. After an early-season defeat to St. Louis on a last-second tip-in, Kentucky won all of its games until bowing in the NIT to eventual finalist Loyola of Chicago. A couple of years later, Groza, Beard and Barnstable admitted in sworn testimony that they accepted $1,500 in bribes to throw the NIT game against Loyola. There was also testimony that bribes from gamblers were accepted to shave points in other contests. Each received a suspended sentence in return for cooperating with federal officials and were banned by the NBA. Beard, who appeared on the cover of the very first issue of Sports Illustrated, and Groza are the only two of the 10 players who started the first NBA All-Star Game in 1951 not to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Beard admits to taking $700, but not even the gambler, a student who sat on Kentucky's bench, said Beard agreed to shave points. "It's like I told the grand jury," Beard said. "I said, `I would like to know what constitutes guilt. If taking money constitutes guilt, I'm guilty. But if influencing the point spread constitutes guilt, I'm as innocent as anybody ever was.' I was too selfish as a player, too proud of who I was, to ever play less than my best."

1949-50: Kentucky claimed its seventh consecutive SEC Tournament title. The Wildcats sustained just 15 defeats a five-year span. Georgia's 71-60 success over UK was the Bulldogs' lone victory in a 31-game stretch of their series from 1940 through 1966. The Wildcats (25-5) were embarrassed by CCNY, 89-50, in their NIT opener.

1950-51: The only regular-season defeat for NCAA champion-to-be Kentucky was against St. Louis (43-42) in the opening round of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Wildcats also bowed to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament final (61-57) at Louisville although the championship trophy already had "Kentucky" engraved on it. A scandal surrounding college basketball had not yet focused intensely on Kentucky when the Wildcats captured their third NCAA title in four years. The Wildcats were the only NCAA champion to have six players finish the season with scoring averages higher than nine points per game until UCLA duplicated the feat in 1995.

1951-52: Kentucky boasted three of the five-man All-SEC AP first-team selections for the third time in four seasons. UK first-team All-American Cliff Hagan established SEC Tournament records for most points in a single game (42 against Tennessee) and in an entire tourney (110 in four games). Kentucky (29-3), the first school to lead the nation in scoring with an average of more than 80 points per game (82.3), claimed its ninth consecutive SEC regular-season title. The Wildcats' two regular-season defeats were in non-league play (61-57 at Minnesota and 61-60 vs. St. Louis in the Sugar Bowl final in New Orleans). It was the third time in four years for SLU to defeat a top-ranked Kentucky club. No other school beat the Wildcats more than twice in an eight-season stretch from 1946-47 through 1954-55. Kentucky humiliated St. John's by 41 points (81-40) early in the season when the Catholic institution became the first to have a black player on the floor at Lexington, Ky. Solly Walker played only a few minutes. St. John's, sparked by center Bob Zawoluk's 32 points, avenged the rout by eliminating the Wildcats (64-57) in the East Regional, ending their 23-game winning streak.

1952-53: Kentucky was barred from playing a competitive schedule as the result of an NCAA ruling regarding improper payments to players.

1953-54: Undefeated Kentucky finished among the top 10 in team offense and won at least 25 games for the eighth consecutive season that it participated in. Cliff Hagan and Frank Ramsey combined for 43.6 points per game and either one or both of them led the Wildcats in scoring in each of their 25 contests. "I am the leader of my team," Rupp said. "I know how to win. The players will do it my way, or they won't do it for me." After a one-year schedule boycott, Kentucky's undefeated squad declined a bid to the NCAA playoffs because its three fifth-year (postgraduate) stars - Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey and Lou Tsioropoulos - were ineligible. The Wildcats defeated national champion-to-be La Salle by 13 points in the UK Invitation Tournament final on their way to being ranked 1st by AP and 2nd by UPI. UK had just two games tighter than a 12-point decision (77-71 over Xavier and 63-56 over Louisiana State). Sandwiched between those two contests were 16 victories by an average margin of 33.7 points.

1954-55: David slew Goliath twice in a 23-day period. Kentucky's NCAA-record 129-game homecourt winning streak was snapped by Georgia Tech, 59-58, on January 8. Tech guard Joe Helms scored a game-high 23 points, including a one-handed, 12-footer with 11 seconds remaining to end the Wildcats' 54-game regular-season winning streak and 16-year unbeaten streak at home in the SEC. The Jackets, 2-22 the previous season and 22-73 the previous four years, had lost to Sewanee (TN), 67-66, one game prior to venturing to Lexington, where they had lost 10 times during UK's streak by an average margin of 35 points. Later in January, Tech became the first team to twice defeat Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp in the same season, leading the Wildcats all the way in a 65-59 decision. Georgia Tech, coached by Whack Hyder, used only five players in both upsets after losing its previous 28 games to UK. Despite the pair of setbacks to a team that finished with a losing record (12-13 with homecourt defeats against SEC foes after both UK victories), Rupp improved his career mark to 520-86 (85.8 winning percentage) as the Wildcats went 23-3.

1955-56: Alabama's squad, dominated by Midwest recruits who didn't survive tryouts to receive scholarships from Notre Dame, became the first opponent to score 100 points against Kentucky. The 20-6 Wildcats, the SEC's representative to the NCAA Tournament, were whipped by 24 points (101-77 in the Massacre in Montgomery) as 'Bama went on a 27-2 second-half spurt en route to finishing the season with 16 consecutive victories. It was Alabama's lone victory over UK in a 23-game stretch of their series from 1943 through 1963. UK's Bob Burrow (34 in a loss to Temple) set a school single-game rebounding record.

1956-57: Mississippi State's Jim Ashmore (28.3) and Bailey Howell (25.9), the first set of teammates in NCAA history to average more than 25 points per game in a single season, combined for 61 points in MSU's first victory over Kentucky in 33 years (89-81) as the Wildcats missed their first 13 field-goal attempts. UK, ranked No. 3 entering the NCAA tourney, blew a 12-point halftime lead at home in an 80-68 setback to Michigan State in the Mideast Regional final. It was only the Wildcats' fifth defeat on their homecourt since 1943. They compiled a modest .500 record (4-4) in NCAA playoff competition between national titles in 1951 and 1958.

1957-58: Would Kentucky's storied "Fiddlin' Five," a team equaling the most defeats (six) of any Wildcats squad in the previous 15 seasons, snared the title if it didn't enjoy a home-state edge throughout the playoffs (Mideast Regional at Lexington and Final Four at Louisville)? A highly-partisan crowd give them an emotional lift in the national semifinals when they trailed Temple by four points and the Owls had the ball with less than a minute and half remaining. UK benefitted from a sub-par performance by Seattle's Elgin Baylor in the national final, where he went 9 for 32 from the floor. Baylor was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player although the award could have gone to UK's Johnny Cox, who collected 22 points and 13 rebounds in a 61-60 victory over Temple and 24 points and 16 rebounds in an 84-72 triumph over Seattle. Cox, a 6-4 forward, is the shortest player to lead an NCAA Tournament champion in rebounding (12.6 per game) since the NCAA began keeping rebounding statistics in the early 1950s. Kentucky center Ed Beck (5.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg) is the only championship team member averaging more than five points per game to also post a rebounds-per-game average at least twice as high as his scoring.

1958-59: Forward Johnny Cox was Kentucky's only All-SEC AP first-team selection in a four-year span from 1956-57 through 1959-60. Second-ranked UK (24-3) hit less than one-third of its field-goal attempts in blowing a 15-point lead and absorbing a 76-61 setback against Louisville (19-12) in the Mideast Regional semifinals. The Wildcats' other two defeats were by a minimum of eight points at Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. Kentucky clobbered Marquette, 98-69, in the Mideast consolation game to become the first school to win at least one game in five consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

1959-60: Kentucky's streak of 20-win seasons ended at 14 when the Wildcats finished with an 18-7 record after losing two of their last four games by a total of three points. Excluding the 1952-53 campaign when the Wildcats were banned by the NCAA from competing, it was the first time they didn't finish among the top 10 in a final wire-service poll. It was also the first time they lost more than twice to SEC opponents (10-4) in regular-season competition since 1940.

1960-61: Louisiana State posted a losing record (11-14), but the Tigers managed their lone victory over Kentucky (73-59) in the first 36 games of their series from 1933 to 1972. UK (19-9) incurred four two-point defeats in a nine-game, mid-season span. Ohio State's Jerry Lucas outrebounded Kentucky by himself when he retrieved a tourney-high 30 missed shots in an 87-74 triumph over the Wildcats in the Mideast Regional final.

1961-62: Scotty Baesler, the former mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, represented Kentucky's Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives before running for governor in 1994. He scored a total of 13 points in four NCAA Tournament games for the Wildcats' Mideast Regional runners-up in 1961 and 1962.

1962-63: Kentucky's streak of consecutive season-opener victories ended at 34 when the Wildcats bowed to visiting Virginia Tech, 80-77. Dean Smith, in his second year as North Carolina's coach, won at Kentucky, 68-66. The 12th victory of his career came against UK legend Adolph Rupp, who was bypassed by Smith as the all-time winningest major-college coach 34 seasons later.

1963-64: Kentucky's five starters had an average height of a modest 6-3 1/2, but they each grabbed more than 10 rebounds when the Wildcats established an NCAA single-game record by retrieving 108 missed shots in a 102-59 mauling of Mississippi. All-American Cotton Nash tied his career high by hauling down 30 rebounds, the most ever by a UK player against a Southeastern Conference opponent. Kentucky, ranked No. 3 by UPI and No. 4 by AP entering the NCAA tourney, dropped its opener to Ohio University, 85-69, when the Wildcats fell behind by 16 points at intermission.

1964-65: Florida defeated Kentucky, 84-68, for the Gators' first victory over the Wildcats since 1934. Florida lost 18 games to Kentucky in that span. UK also was defeated by St. Louis for the fifth time in six seasons, 80-75, although the Billikens' average record in that span was just 16-11.

1965-66: Texas Western, featuring an all-black starting lineup with three players 6-1 or shorter in the NCAA final, stunned top-ranked and all-white Kentucky (72-65). Junior college transfer Bobby Joe Hill, one of the Miners' tiny trio, converted steals into layups on consecutive trips down the floor by flustered Kentucky guards to give them a lead they never relinquished. Six of Kentucky's top 11 scorers 12 years later in 1978 when the Wildcats captured the NCAA title were black athletes. Larry Conley, a starting forward for UK national coach of the year Adolph Rupp, didn't eventually achieve the name recognition of Dick Vitale. But Conley was the other hoops analyst with ESPN from the cable network's inception.

1966-67: Kentucky, despite returning its top three scorers from an NCAA finalist, suffered its only non-winning record in coach Adolph Rupp's 41 seasons at the helm when the Wildcats went 13-13. They were 8-10 in league competition for their only losing SEC mark in history until UK duplicated that record under Eddie Sutton in 1988-89. Kentucky's defeats included a 92-77 setback to visiting Cornell, the only Ivy League team to beat the Wildcats since 1942. Adding insult to injury for UK was that 37 of Cornell's points were scored by junior guard Gregg Morris, the first African-American to be honored with an All-Ivy first-team selection. The Cornell contest was one of a school-record seven homecourt defeats for Kentucky. Georgia's 49-40 success over UK was the Bulldogs' lone victory in a 29-game stretch of their series from 1950 through 1971. Bigotry was costly to the 'Cats as in-state African-Americans Butch Beard (Louisville), [Clem Haskins](coaches/clem-haskins) (Western Kentucky) and Wes Unseld (Louisville) were All-Americans who combined for 61.8 points and 38.2 rebounds per game.

1967-68: Kentucky boasted more All-Americans than any school in the 20th Century. But a player who never earned A-A status set the school record for most points in his first varsity game. He is guard Mike Casey, who debuted with 28 at Michigan. Unranked Ohio State won at fifth-ranked Kentucky, 82-81, in the Mideast Regional final on Dave Sorenson's short bank shot with three seconds remaining. The Wildcats hadn't loss at home all season.

1968-69: Kentucky became the first school to win 1,000 games.

1969-70: Louisiana State's Pete Maravich (64) and Kentucky's Dan Issel (51) each scored more than 50 points in the same game when the Wildcats won, 121-105. It was one of eight times in Issel's senior season that he scored at least 40 to help Kentucky become the most prolific scoring team in SEC history (96.8 points per game). Issel set a school single-season scoring record with 33.9 ppg. Teammate Mike Pratt, an All-SEC first-team forward, went on to coach UNC Charlotte for four seasons from 1978-79 through 1981-82. UK, after absorbing just one regular-season defeat (at Vanderbilt), was ranked No. 1 in the nation entering the tourney although starting guard Mike Casey missed the entire campaign because of injuries suffered in an auto accident. But UK lost to eventual NCAA Tournament runner-up Jacksonville, 106-100, in the Mideast Regional final. Casey was the Wildcats' leading scorer as a sophomore in 1967-68 with 20 points per game and their second-leading scorer as a junior the next year with a 19.1-point average.

1970-71: Senior forward Larry Steele, an All-SEC second-team selection, coached the University of Portland for seven seasons from 1987-88 through 1993-94. Tom Payne, who broke the color barrier at Kentucky, led the Wildcats in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and was their second-leading scorer (16.9 ppg) in his only varsity season before turning pro. The All-SEC first-team selection had a 39-point, 19-rebound performance vs. Louisiana State. Payne, the son of an Army sergeant, went from pioneer to pariah in the wake of incurring rape convictions in three states (Georgia, Kentucky and California). Some might contend that his view is a convenient crutch. But after growing up in the integrated atmosphere of Army bases, he says that the racism he experienced during his one tumultuous season with UK led him to detest white people and abuse women. Threatening phone calls, broken car windows and eggs smashed on his front door became routine. "That's the kind of abuse I went through," Payne said. "And people think that's not supposed to affect you? Before I went to college, nothing in my life said I was going to be a criminal. My whole life took a turn going to UK and getting damaged so much. My anger and hatred toward white society came up, and I lashed out."

1971-72: Adolph Rupp, called the "Baron of the Bluegrass," retired after a 41-year coaching career with a 875-190 record. Rupp won four NCAA Tournament championships but had a losing NCAA playoff record (10-12) after capturing his last national title in 1958. "Every boy who puts on a Kentucky uniform just plays a little better than he would in one of another color," Rupp said. Rupp's final game was a 73-54 defeat against Florida State in the Mideast Regional final. Reminiscent of the 1966 NCAA title contest against Texas Western, UK started an all-white lineup while FSU's starters all were black. In a subplot, FSU coach Hugh Durham and three of his players (Ron King, Otto Petty and Larry Gay) were Kentucky natives who had been largely ignored by "The Baron." Rupp sustained eight regional final losses from 1952 through 1972 by an average margin of 10 points. He also incurred a national quarterfinal reversal in 1945 when the first round of the eight-team event was identified as the regional semifinals. Six of Rupp's first seven "field of eight" defeats were against Big Ten Conference teams, including Ohio State four times.

1972-73: In Joe B. Hall's first season at the helm, Kentucky captured its sixth consecutive SEC regular-season championship. Mississippi lost 39 straight games to UK in their series until Ole Miss prevailed, 61-58.

1973-74: Ted Owens-coached Kansas (23-7), the nation's most-improved team, posted its only victory over Kentucky (71-63) in the first 17 meetings of their series from 1950-51 through 1984-85. UK (13-13) didn't participate in a national postseason tournament for the only time in a 21-year span from 1968 through 1988. Rick Pitino, who led Massachusetts in assists with 6.5 per game, would later coach the Wildcats to the 1996 NCAA title.

1974-75: Indiana, undefeated entering the tourney (29-0), lost the Mideast Regional final against Kentucky (92-90) despite Kent Benson's 33 points and tourney-high 23 rebounds. Kentucky prevailed despite 6-of-19 field-goal shooting by leading scorer Kevin Grevey. UK guards Jimmy Dan Conner and Mike Flynn combined to outscore Indiana counterparts Quinn Buckner and Bobby Wilkerson, 39-22. It was IU's only setback in a 68-game stretch from March 15, 1974, until December 1, 1976. Incredibly, Final Four Most Outstanding Players-to-be Jack Givens of Kentucky and Butch Lee of Marquette were blanked in the same game in their freshman season when Kentucky mauled Marquette, 76-54, in the Mideast Regional. UK finished national runner-up after entering the tourney with an 11-13 NCAA playoff record in its first 11 appearances after capturing the 1958 title. Kentucky had four regulars shoot better than 50% from the floor during the campaign - forward Kevin Grevey, guard Jimmy Dan Conner, and centers Rick Robey and Mike Phillips. If only they combined to hit 44.2% of their field-goal attempts instead of 36.5% (19 of 52) in the championship game, the Wildcats could have defeated UCLA rather than losing 92-85.

1975-76: Kentucky (20-10) won the NIT title after finishing in a tie for fourth place in the SEC. The Wildcats probably would have participated in the NCAA Tournament instead of the NIT if forward-center Rick Robey didn't miss more than half of the season because of a knee injury. Georgia defeated UK, 81-76, for the Bulldogs' lone victory in a 21-game stretch of their series from 1972 through 1982.

1976-77: Guard Truman Claytor, who averaged a modest 6.6 points per game, erupted for a game-high 29 points in Kentucky's 93-78 triumph over Virginia Military in the East Regional semifinals.

1977-78: Jack Givens sank 18 of 27 field-goal attempts against Duke's zone defense and scored Kentucky's last 16 points of the first half en route to a 41-point performance in a 94-88 triumph in the final. Givens and three different teammates comprised the four different players to lead Kentucky in scoring in the four previous tourney games. It marked the vaunted Wildcats' lone NCAA championship in a 37-year span from 1959 through 1995. The basketball gods might have preordained the title as a tribute to former UK coach Adolph Rupp, who passed away early in the season (December 11, 1977). Neither of Kentucky's top two point producers - Givens or Rick Robey - led the Wildcats in scoring in any of their first three playoff victories propelling them to the Final Four.

1978-79: Kentucky (19-12 record) incurred its first second-division finish in the SEC (6th place) since the league's inaugural season in 1932-33 before losing at home in the first round of the NIT to Clemson before an NIT single-game attendance record of 23,522 spectators. The Wildcats bowed three times to Tennessee by an average of 11.3 points.

1979-80: Kentucky All-American guard Kyle Macy, a three-time All-SEC first-team selection after transferring from Purdue, eventually coached Morehead State for nine seasons from 1997-98 through 2005-06.

1980-81: Kentucky defeated eventual NCAA champion Indiana but Louisiana State became the first SEC member other than UK in 28 years to reach the Final Four.

1981-82: Mississippi, managing its first winning SEC record in 22 years (11-7), posted the Rebels' lone victory over Kentucky in a 28-game stretch of their series from 1975 through 1986. Middle Tennessee State (seeded No. 11) overcame an early 8-0 deficit to defeat the Wildcats (#6), 50-44, in the first round of the Mideast Regional. Missing center Sam Bowie (leg injury), no UK player scored more than eight points.

1982-83: The first meeting between in-state rivals Kentucky and Louisville in more than 24 years was memorable as the Cardinals outscored the Wildcats 18-6 in overtime in the Mideast Regional final to reach the Final Four. Kentucky (23-8) might have prevailed if center Sam Bowie didn't miss a second season because of a leg injury.

1983-84: In the first regular-season meeting in 61 years between in-state rivals Kentucky and Louisville, the Wildcats whipped the Cardinals, 65-44. Later, Kentucky's Melvin Turpin tied a SEC Tournament record with 42 points against Georgia. UK finished among the Top 10 in a final wire-service poll for the seventh time in the last 10 years under coach Joe B. Hall. UK's Sam Bowie became the only player ever to return to All-American status after being a medical redshirt. Georgetown, leading the nation in field-goal percentage defense (39.5%), exhibited its tenacity in the national semifinals when they harassed Kentucky into shooting a dismal 9.1% in the second half (3 of 33) en route to a 53-40 victory. Georgetown's Michael Jackson, a 6-1 guard averaging 1.4 rebounds per game entering the Final Four, retrieved 10 missed shots against UK's formidable frontline to help the Hoyas overcome a seven-point halftime deficit. The Wildcats went 13 minutes in one stretch without a basket.

1985-86: Eddie Sutton, guiding Kentucky to more than 30 victories for the first time in 20 seasons, became the first individual to be named national coach of the year for two different schools since wire services began issuing such awards in the mid-1950s. He captured the honor in back-to-back seasons with Arkansas in the late 1970s. First-team All-American Kenny Walker hit all 11 of his field-goal attempts in a 71-64 victory over Western Kentucky in the second round of the Southeast Regional. Walker was the game-high scorer in all four of the Wildcats' playoff contests this year and supplied the team-high total in each of their seven tourney assignments over the last two seasons. He is the only player to be the game-high scorer in back-to-back NCAA contests between schools from the same conference (vs. Alabama and Louisiana State).

1986-87: Ohio State defeated Kentucky for the fifth time in as many NCAA playoff matchups.

1987-88: Kentucky became the fourth different SEC school in four years to have its NCAA Tournament participation vacated. The previous SEC offenders were Georgia '85, Alabama '87 and Florida '87.

1988-89: Kentucky's NCAA-record streak of consecutive non-losing seasons was stopped at 60 when the Wildcats compiled a 13-19 mark in Eddie Sutton's last year as their coach. They lost their home opener, 85-82, to a rag-tag squad from Northwestern (LA) State that finished the campaign with a 13-16 mark. The following indiscretions left UK's program in turmoil: (1) Chris Mills transferred to Arizona in the wake of a Los Angeles newspaper reporting that Emery Worldwide employees had discovered $1,000 in an accidentally opened package sent to Mills' father by Wildcats assistant Dwane Casey. Teammate LeRon Ellis, another product from California, transferred to Syracuse; (2) prize recruit Shawn Kemp, a Proposition 48 casualty, dropped out of school after an alleged theft, and (3) starter Eric Manuel's ACT score was questioned when it doubled from the second time he took the test to the third. Manuel eventually transferred.

1989-90: Kentucky had eight different players hit a three-point basket in a 104-73 victory over Furman on December 19, 1989. Four days later, Kentucky (53) and Southwestern Louisiana (31) combined for 84 three-point field-goal attempts when USL upset UK, 116-113. The Wildcats averaged an NCAA-record 28.9 three-point attempts per game during the season.

1990-91: UK was on NCAA probation.

1991-92: Duke's Christian Laettner hit a dramatic decisive last-second shot against Kentucky in overtime after receiving a long inbounds pass in the East Regional final. The game is acknowledged as one of the most suspenseful in NCAA history. UK coach Rick Pitino was criticized in some quarters for leaving Grant Hill unguarded for his approximate 80-foot pass to Laettner with 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime. Swingman John Pelphrey, averaging more than 12 points per game for the third straight season, went on to become coach at South Alabama and Arkansas. Teammate Sean Woods eventually coached Mississippi Valley State in the NCAA playoffs.

1992-93: Kentucky's longest All-American drought (four years) since World War II ended when Wildcats forward Jamal Mashburn was honored. Junior guard Travis Ford of the Final Four-bound Wildcats was their leader in assists (4.9 apg), steals (1.6 spg), field-goal percentage (52.7%) and free-throw percentage (88.1%). He went on to become coach at Eastern Kentucky, Massachusetts and Oklahoma State.

1993-94: Kentucky tied an NCAA record by overcoming a 31-point, second-half deficit in a 99-95 victory at Louisiana State. The Wildcats trailed 68-37 with 15 1/2 minutes remaining before rallying. Neither Kentucky, North Carolina nor UCLA won at least two playoff games for the first time in 31 tournaments. Arkansas became the first SEC member other than Kentucky ever to win a Final Four game.

1994-95: A school-record 11 blocked shots by freshman center Samaki Walker helped Louisville nip Kentucky, 88-86, for the Cardinals' first victory over the Wildcats since 1989.

1995-96: Kentucky became the first SEC team in 40 years to go undefeated in league regular-season competition. The Wildcats won all but one of their regular-season SEC games by double digits but lost in the SEC Tournament final to Mississippi State. UK quickly regrouped, however, and the Big Blue showed clearly in the NCAA playoffs that it was the nation's premier team. Kentucky's dominance in the Midwest Regional led some observers to again believe the Wildcats were untouchable, but two rugged games at the Final Four revealed that the principal difference between the Wildcats and the remainder of the field was roster depth brimming with high school All-Americans. UK, entering the Final Four with an opportunity to become the first NCAA kingpin to win all of its playoff games by at least 20 points, won both Final Four games by a single-digit margin. Freshman Ron Mercer gave Kentucky a big boost with 20 points in the final after scoring just four points in the regional. The Wildcats won the final despite shooting 38% from the floor, the lowest for a winner in 33 years. Kentucky's Tony Delk tied a championship game record with seven three-pointers. "I want us to play mother-in-law defense: constant nagging and harassment," said UK coach Rick Pitino.

1996-97: Coach Pitino departed of his own volition after the season to return to the NBA. Pitino averaged 30 victories annually his last six years with the Wildcats. All-American Ron Mercer (18.1 ppg) had the lowest SEC-leading scoring average since Vanderbilt's Billy Joe Adcock posted a 17.2 mark in 1947-48. South Carolina's 68-66 success at Kentucky snapped the Wildcats' streak of winning on Senior Day at 32. UK might have been better able to combat Arizona's athleticism on the perimeter in the NCAA final if guard Jeff Sheppard didn't sit out the season as a redshirt.

1997-98: Old Miss posted its first victory at Kentucky in 71 years, 73-64, en route to the Rebels' only finish in a final wire-service Top 20 poll in the 20th Century. Kentucky and Utah reached the NCAA final although neither team had a player named a first-, second- or third-team All-American on the AP honor squad. No team ever had rallied from a double-digit halftime deficit to win the NCAA championship game until Kentucky erased Utah's 41-31 edge at intermission. The Utes had built their halftime cushion by outrebounding UK, 24-6, but they ran out of gas and missed 11 consecutive field-goal attempts in the last five minutes. The Wildcats also benefited from an experienced roster that combined for 49 points and 21 rebounds in a title-game defeat to Arizona the previous year. Kentucky's Jeff Sheppard scored a career-high 27 points against Stanford in a national semifinal overtime victory. Teammate Nazr Mohammed, a center who shed more than 60 pounds since attending high school, scored 17 second-half points against Stanford to help erase his 0-for-6 free-throw shooting in the 1997 final vs. Arizona. Wayne Turner had a splendid assist-to-turnover ratio during the playoffs and helped the "Rally Cats" come back from a 17-point deficit with 9 1/2 minutes remaining to beat Duke, 86-84, in the South Regional final. Kentucky not only had a new coach in Tubby Smith, but its roster was without a couple of outstanding players (Ron Mercer and Antoine Walker) who could have been eligible if they hadn't left early for the NBA. UK was 33-0 when leading with two minutes remaining.

1998-99: Tennessee swept Kentucky in SEC competition for the first time in 20 years. The defending NCAA champion Wildcats lost to Michigan State in the Midwest Regional final.

1999-2000: Kentucky became the first school to win 1,500 games despite scoring fewer than 70 points in each of its first five contests of the season. Louisville hit just one of its first 22 second-half field-goal attempts in a 76-46 debacle at UK.

2000-01: Kentucky became the first school to crack the 100-win plateau in national postseason competition. UK cut a 21-point second-half deficit to one before faltering against USC in the East Regional when All-American Tayshaun Prince didn't produce a field goal in the second half.

2001-02: Prince rebounded with a 41-point outburst in a second-round victory over Tulsa. In SEC play, Georgia posted its first victory at Kentucky in 17 years.

2002-03: Kentucky became the first SEC team in 50 years to go undefeated in league competition before winning the conference tourney. Marquette's Dwyane Wade posted a triple double (29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) when the Golden Eagles ended Kentucky's 26-game winning streak, 83-69, in the Midwest Regional final.

2005-06: Vanderbilt won at Kentucky for the first time in 32 years, 57-52, en route to sweeping the Wildcats in SEC regular-season competition for the first time in the same time frame. The Wildcats failed to have an AP first- or second-team All-SEC selection for the first time other than 1952-53 when they didn't compete intercollegiately because of problems with the NCAA.

2006-07: Kentucky (22-12 record) might have fared better in the NCAA playoffs if guard Rajon Rondo had exercised his remaining eligibility instead of defecting to the NBA.

2007-08: Coach Billy Gillispie got off to a rugged start with Kentucky, losing at home to Gardner-Webb by 16 points. The season could have been a major disaster if the Wildcats didn't win eight games by fewer than seven points.

2008-09: Jody Meeks set a school single-game scoring record with 54 points at Tennessee.

2009-10: Guard John Wall was an NCAA consensus first-team All-American as Kentucky became the first school to have five players (all undergraduates) selected in the first round of the NBA draft. They helped the Wildcats become the first school to reach the 2,000-win plateau.

2010-11: UK, after losing five SEC road assignments in a 10-game span by a total of 11 points, reached the Final Four before losing to eventual NCAA champion Connecticut by one point.

2011-12: Kentucky's well-balanced attack, featuring six players averaging from 9.9 to 14.2 points per game, enabled the Wildcats to become the first NCAA Tournament kingpin to have five different players pace the team in scoring during the playoffs. Anthony Davis, who set an NCAA freshman record for most blocked shots, became unanimous national player of the year despite posting the lowest scoring average (14.2 ppg) for a POY since the award was introduced in 1955.

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Transfer Talk: Several Things Pundits and Coaches Need to Know

Player transfers seem to have become a recent hot-button issue for alarmists. But the new-digs movement most certainly isn't a new epidemic and hasn't changed all that much since the introduction of scholarship limitations and freshman eligibility in the early 1970s.

Despite the prospect of being able to move to another school without sitting out a year if a player has a 2.6 grade-point-average, the revolving door simply isn't a bulging underground railroad picking up steam. The annual roster turnover rate is essentially the same over the last 40 years with between 1/3 and 2/5 of scholarship players out of high school failing to exercise all of their eligibility with a single school.

Regal recruits find plenty of Division I programs telling them they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. However, after matriculating, many of the prep phenoms soon discover they're not in paradise and their new teammates are equally, if not more, talented and that they are no longer the big man on campus. This occasionally causes players to get frustrated because of a lack of playing time. Other players may get homesick, have trouble adjusting to a style of play or undergo an unanticipated coaching change (average of nearly 50 NCAA Division I schools annually made head coaching changes since the mid-1990s).

"It's the play-me-or-trade-me syndrome," former St. John's coach Lou Carnesecca said. "To the kids, the grass is always greener somewhere else."

A variety of factors lead to players packing their bags for other Division I programs, where the player must sit out one full year under normal circumstances. The player can practice with the team, but he is ineligible to play or travel with the squad on the foreign excursions that are becoming more prevalent. These players might look at transferring as a fresh start and sometimes that proves to be correct. However, the year of collecting cobwebs while sitting out or the high expectations placed on the transfer sometimes leads to the rusty player not living up to billing.

There is generally an interesting story, not always "Happily Never After," behind almost all transfers and they shouldn't be treated like disgruntled lepers. All but four of the last 29 Final Fours featured teams with at least one starter or key reserve who began his college career at another four-year DI school. If pundits and coaches seek to weigh in with authoritative opinions, they need to acknowledge the positive impact regarding transfers.

If anything, the NCAA might want to encourage transferring; not make it more restrictive. Would the following individuals have become marquee players if they stayed put at their original college? Here is a list of players who became All-Americans after starting their collegiate playing careers at other four-year schools:

All-American Pos. Original School Transfer School
Courtney Alexander G Virginia 96-97 Fresno State 99-00
Elgin Baylor F College of Idaho 55 Seattle 57-58
Vince Boryla F-C Notre Dame 45-46 Denver 49
Michael Bradley F-C Kentucky 98-99 Villanova 01
Charley Brown G Indiana 56 Seattle 58-59
Art Bunte C-F Utah 52-53 Colorado 55-56
Frank Burgess G Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54 Gonzaga 59-61
Reggie Carter G Hawaii 76 St. John's 78-80
Dan Dickau G Washington 98-99 Gonzaga 01-02
Toney Douglas G Auburn 05 Florida State 07-09
Larry Fogle F Southwestern Louisiana 73 Canisius 74-75
Ricky Frazier G-F St. Louis 78 Missouri 80-82
Hank Gathers F-C Southern California 86 Loyola Marymount 88-90
Gerald Glass F Delta State MS 86-87 Mississippi 89-90
Joey Graham F UCF 01-02 Oklahoma State 04-05
*Harvey Grant F Clemson 85 Oklahoma 87-88
*Ed Gray G Tennessee 94 California 96-97
Al Green G North Carolina State 76-77 Louisiana State 79
Ben Hansbrough G Mississippi State 07-08 Notre Dame 10-11
Red Holzman G Baltimore 39 City College of New York 41-42
Wesley Johnson F Iowa State 07-08 Syracuse 10
Bo Kimble F-G Southern California 86 Loyola Marymount 88-90
Jim Krivacs G Auburn 75 Texas 77-79
John Lucas III G Baylor 02-03 Oklahoma State 04
Kyle Macy G Purdue 76 Kentucky 78-80
Billy McCaffrey G Duke 90-91 Vanderbilt 93-94
Bob McCurdy F-C Virginia 72 Richmond 74-75
Mark McNamara C Santa Clara 78-79 California 81-82
Chris Mills F Kentucky 89 Arizona 91-93
Scoonie Penn G Boston College 96-97 Ohio State 99-00
Lawrence Roberts F-C Baylor 02-03 Mississippi State 04-05
Carlos Rogers C UALR 91 Tennessee State 93-94
Marshall Rogers G Kansas 73 Texas-Pan American 75-76
Clifford Rozier C-F North Carolina 91 Louisville 93-94
Kevin Stacom G Holy Cross 71 Providence 73-74
Dan Swartz C Kentucky 52 Morehead State 54-56
B.J. Tyler G DePaul 90 Texas 92-94
Bill Uhl C Ohio State 52 Dayton 54-56
Win Wilfong F Missouri 52-53 Memphis State 56-57
Leon Wood G Arizona 80 Cal State Fullerton 82-84
Andre Woolridge G Nebraska 93 Iowa 95-97

*Attended junior college between four-year school stints.
NOTE: Burgess was an Air Force veteran.

Kenny Battle (Northern Illinois 85-86/Illinois 88-89), JoJo Hunter (Maryland 77-78/Colorado 80-81) and Jon Manning (Oklahoma City 75-76/North Texas State 78-79) have the unique distinction of scoring more than 500 points for two different major schools. Following is an alphabetical list of transfers who led a university in scoring three consecutive Division I seasons after previously playing for another four-year school since the generally accepted start of the modern era of college basketball in 1950:

Transfer Player School Years Led in Scoring Original School
Maurice Bailey Sacred Heart 2001-02 through 2003-04 Rider
Craig Beard Samford 1982-83 through 1984-85 Tulane
Ricky Berry San Jose State 1985-86 through 1987-88 Oregon State
Jami Bosley Akron 1997-98 through 1999-2000 Ohio State
Frank Burgess Gonzaga 1958-59 through 1960-61 Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Jon Collins Eastern Illinois 1983-84 through 1985-86 Northern Illinois
Ruben Douglas New Mexico 2000-01 through 2002-03 Arizona
Sean Green Iona 1988-89 through 1990-91 North Carolina State
Matt Hicks Northern Illinois 1974-75 through 1976-77 DePaul
Lindsey Hunter Jackson State 1990-91 through 1992-93 Alcorn State
George Lett Centenary 1977-78 through 1979-80 Hawaii
Lenny Manning Austin Peay 1981-82 through 1983-84 Miami (OH)
Danny Moore Southwest Missouri State 1996-97 through 1998-99 Miami (OH)
Tucker Neale Colgate 1992-93 through 1994-95 Ashland (OH)
Marvin O'Connor St. Joseph's 1999-2000 through 2001-02 Villanova
Steve Rogers Alabama 1989-90 through 1991-92 Middle Tennessee State
Kenny Sanders George Mason 1985-86 through 1988-89 Oklahoma
Bill Uhl Dayton 1953-54 through 1955-56 Ohio State
Leon Wood Cal State Fullerton 1981-82 through 1983-84 Arizona

The best was yet to come for the following chronological list of players who transferred from one four-year school to another and subsequently led NCAA Division I in scoring:

Transfer Player School Year Led NCAA in Scoring Original University
Frank Burgess Gonzaga 1960-61 (32.4 ppg) Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Larry Fogle Canisius 1973-74 (33.4 ppg) Southwestern Louisiana
Bob McCurdy Richmond 1974-75 (32.9 ppg) Virginia
Marshall Rogers Texas-Pan American 1975-76 (36.8 ppg) Kansas
Greg "Bo" Kimble Loyola Marymount 1989-90 (35.3 ppg) Southern California
Kevin Bradshaw U.S. International 1990-91 (37.6 ppg) Bethune-Cookman
Greg Guy Texas-Pan American 1992-93 (29.3 ppg) Fresno State
Charles Jones Long Island 1996-97 (30.1 ppg) and 1997-98 (29 ppg) Rutgers
Courtney Alexander Fresno State 1999-2000 (24.8 ppg) Virginia
Ruben Douglas New Mexico 2002-03 (28 ppg) Arizona

NOTE: Burgess and Bradshaw served in the U.S. military.

Some transfers thrive right away in their new surroundings. Following is an alphabetical list of players who played for a four-year school before transferring and becoming a two-time Division I conference MVP:

Player Pos. School Conference MVP Years Original University
Jon Collins F Eastern Illinois 1985 and 1986 in Mid-Continent Northern Illinois
Luis Flores G Manhattan 2003 and 2004 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Rutgers
Steve Hood F James Madison 1990 and 1991 in Colonial Athletic Association Maryland
Charles Jones G Long Island 1997 and 1998 in Northeast Rutgers
Kurk Lee G Towson State 1989 and 1990 in East Coast Western Kentucky
Dwayne Polee G-F Pepperdine 1985 and 1986 in West Coast Athletic UNLV
Carlos Rogers C Tennessee State 1993 and 1994 in Ohio Valley UALR
Steve Rogers F Alabama State 1991 and 1992 in SWAC Middle Tennessee State
Clifford Rozier F Louisville 1993 and 1994 in Metro North Carolina
Carey Scurry F-C Long Island 1984 and 1985 in ECAC Metro Southeastern Oklahoma State

NOTE: Southeastern Oklahoma State was not an NCAA Division I institution.

Often forgotten is the following alphabetical list of standout players who briefly attended a current major college but never played varsity basketball for that university before transferring to another school:

Father Knows Best: Pitinos Could Crack Combo Top 10 in Couple of Years

Similar to the vast majority of player recruits, it's blatantly absurd to proclaim a new head coach ready for the NCAA Division I level because of his last name. There simply are no guarantees that Florida International will halt its streak of 12 losing seasons (none with more than 13 wins) because Richard Pitino, son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, assumed control of the Golden Panthers' program with a six-year contract.

The only things we can reasonably be assured about is that Richard should register a higher winning percentage than his predecessor (Isiah Thomas/.286) and the Pitino clan could move into the all-time top 10 of father-son coaching combinations for most victories. Daddy Pitino boasts 629 victories, including two when he was an interim coach for Hawaii in 1975-76, en route to his sixth Final Four this year. If son Richard, a three-year assistant under his father, averages about 20 victories annually for 30 campaigns, they even have a shot at moving atop the father-son list.

But keep in mind that only two sons of former coaches with a minimum of 200 triumphs have posted more victories than their dads - Tim Floyd and Dan Monson. At the start of the 2012-13 season, the Pitinos will rank 15th on the following list of all-time winningest father-son head coaching combos in NCAA history (more than 600 victories):

1. Suttons (1,091-514 record through 2011-12, .680)
Father: Eddie Sutton (Creighton/Arkansas/Kentucky/Oklahoma State/San Francisco 1970-89, 1991-2006 and 2008, 802-323 in 37 years, .713)
Son: Scott Sutton (Oral Roberts 2000-12; 250-162 in first 13 years, .607)
Son: Sean Sutton (Oklahoma State 2007 & '08; 39-29 in two years, .574)

2. Meyers (1,023-565, .644)
Father: Ray Meyer (DePaul 1943-84; 724-354 record in 42 years, .672)
Son: Tom Meyer (Illinois-Chicago 1978-83; 77-86 in six years, .472)
Son: Joey Meyer (DePaul 1985-97; 222-125 in 12 years, .640)

3. Ibas (1,006-582, .634)
Father: Hank Iba (Northwest Missouri State/Colorado/Oklahoma State 1930-70; 767-338 in 41 years, .694)
Son: Moe Iba (Memphis State/Nebraska/Texas Christian 1967-70, 81-86, 88-94; 239-244 in 17 years, .495)

4. Knights (972-447 through 2011-12, .685)
Father: Bob Knight (Army/Indiana/Texas Tech 1966-2008; 899-374 in 42 years, .706)
Son: Pat Knight (Texas Tech/Lamar 2008-12; 73-73 in first five years, .500)

5. Bartows (929-549 through 2011-12, .629)
Father: Gene Bartow (Central Missouri State/Valparaiso/Memphis State/Illinois/UCLA/UAB 1962-77 and 1979-96; 647-353 in 34 years, .647)
Son: Murry Bartow (UAB/East Tennessee State 1997-2002 and 2004-12; 282-196 in first 15 years, .590)

6. Driesells (890-512 through 2011-12, .635)
Father: Lefty Driesell (Davidson/Maryland/James Madison/Georgia State 1961-86 and 1989-2003; 786-394 in 41 years, .666) Son: Chuck Driesell (Marymount/The Citadel 1998-2003, 2011 and 2012; 104-118 in first seven years, .468)

7. Thompsons (857-385 through 2011-12, .690)
Father: John Thompson Jr. (Georgetown 1973-99; 596-239 in 27 years, .714)
Son: John Thompson III (Princeton/Georgetown 2001-12; 252-124 in first 12 years, .670)
Son: Ronny Thompson (Ball State 2007; 9-22 in one year, .290)

8. Drews (838-575 through 2011-12, .593)
Father: Homer Drew (Bethel, IN/Ind.-South Bend/Valparaiso 1977-2002 and 2004-11; 639-428 in 34 years, .599)
Son: Bryce Drew (Valparaiso 2012; 22-12 in first year, .647)
Son: Scott Drew (Valparaiso/Baylor 2003-12; 177-135 in first 10 years, .567)

9. Diddles (815-382, .681)
Father: Ed Diddle Sr. (Western Kentucky 1923-64; 759-302 in 42 years, .715)
Son: Ed Diddle Jr. (Middle Tennessee State 1957-62; 56-80 in six years, .412)

10. Moirs (768-438 through 2011-12, .637)
Father: Charlie Moir (Roanoke/Tulane/Virginia Tech 1968-87; 392-196 in 20 years, .667)
Son: Page Moir (Roanoke 1990-2012; 376-242 in first 23 years, .608)

11. van Breda Kolffs (686-427, .616)
Father: Butch van Breda Kolff (Lafayette/Hofstra/Princeton/New Orleans 1952-67, 78-79, 85-94; 482-272 in 28 years, .639)
Son: Jan van Breda Kolff (Cornell/Vanderbilt/Pepperdine/St. Bonaventure 1992-2003; 204-155 in 12 years, .568)

12. Harshmans (679-524, .564)
Father: Marv Harshman (Pacific Lutheran/Washington State/Washington 1946-85; 653-450 in 40 years, .592)
Son: Dave Harshman (Pacific Lutheran 2003-06; 26-74 in four years, .260)

13. Davis (671-411, .620)
Father: Tom Davis (Lafayette/Boston College/Stanford/Iowa/Drake 1972-99 and 2004-07, 597-356 in 32 years, .626)
Son: Keno Davis (Drake/Providence 2008-11; 74-55 in four years prior to hiring by Central Michigan, .574)

14. Durhams (641-450, .588)
Father: Hugh Durham (Florida State/Georgia/Jacksonville 1967-95 and 1998-2005; 634-430 in 37 years, .596)
Son: Doug Durham (Georgia Southern 1995; 7-20 in one year, .259)

15. Floyds (614-354 through 2011-12, .634)
Father: Lee Floyd (Southern Mississippi 1950-54 and 1963-71; 246-147 in 14 years, .626)
Son: Tim Floyd (Idaho/New Orleans/Iowa State/Southern California/Texas-El Paso 1987-98 and 2006-12; 368-207 in first 18 years, .640)

16. Bennetts (611-381 through 2011-12, .616)
Father: Dick Bennett (UW-Stevens Point/Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Wisconsin/Washington State 1977-2001 and 2004-06; 489-307 in 28 years, .614)
Son: Tony Bennett (Washington State/Virginia 2007-12; 122-74 in first six years, .622)

Bo Knows Player Development But Not Transfer Public Relations

By any measure, Wisconsin's Bo Ryan is one of the nation's premier mentors and it's a mystery why he has never been named national coach of the year. Incredibly, Ryan had five freshmen average fewer than three points per game from 2003-04 through 2008-09 go on to become All-Big Ten Conference selections. In the next couple of years, Jared Berggren (1.1 ppg in 2009-10), Mike Bruesewitz (1.1 ppg in 2009-10) and/or Ben Brust (0.7 ppg in 2010-11) could join the Badgers' vastly-improved list.

Another promising UW player was redshirt freshman Jarrod Uthoff before he chose to transfer. Ryan boasts a terrific track record in player development, but he was clueless when it came to handling negative public relations stemming from him originally prohibiting Uthoff from transferring to a couple dozen different universities. Ryan eventually relented and only made other Big Ten members off-limits.

It is painfully clear that loyalty has become too much of a one-way street. Players such as Uthoff considering their options occasionally are grilled by coaches and commentators (many of them patronizing ex-coaches) for contemplating transfers or leaving early for the NBA. There are countless instances of schools holding a player's eligibility or scholarship offer hostage out of sheer vindictiveness. How much more one-sided can it be when such a lame double standard exists?

After all, the value systems for high-profile coaches are sufficiently open-minded to permit bailing on contracts when more lucrative jobs come open. Ryan is one of the following list of 64 different active coaches who had at least four years remaining on their contracts when they departed for greener pastures:

NOTE: Amaker (Harvard), Eustachy (Colorado State), Montgomery (California), Moser (Loyola of Chicago), Scott (Denver), Shyatt (returned to Wyoming) and Waters (Cleveland State) subsequently changed jobs and are now coaching other DI schools

No News Flash Gordons Among First Families of College Basketball

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." - Desmond Tutu

At first glance, it seems somewhat ridiculous for a power conference school such as Indiana to offer a scholarship to an eighth-grader (Eron Gordon). But that is before examining his family tree. His father, Eric Sr., averaged 14.1 points per game with Liberty from 1981-82 through 1983-84, leading the Flames in scoring as a senior with 18.1 ppg before the school moved up to the NCAA Division I level later in the decade. Oldest brother Eric Jr. led the Big Ten Conference in scoring as a freshman All-American in his lone season with IU in 2007-08 before moving on to the NBA. Older brother Evan was named to the Big South Conference All-Freshman team with Liberty in 2009-10 before becoming an all-league second-team selection as a sophomore prior to transferring to Arizona State. If Eron lives up to billing, the Gordons could become one of the most influential families in college basketball history.

In the meantime, hoopdom's "Focus on the Family" will concentrate on the Plumlees and Grants. If youngest brother Marshall Plumlee, a redshirt this past season, improves as much as Duke siblings Mason and Miles, they could combine with their father, former Tennessee Tech frontcourter Perky, to comprise one of most dynamic family units. Mason is expected to become the Blue Devils' go-to plumb line to keep them on the straight and narrow next season after forgoing leaving school early for the NBA. The following legacy list is likely to change next year because of Grant's Army after former Oklahoma All-American Harvey Grant had a third son sign with a major school - Jerai (Clemson), Jerian (Notre Dame) and Jerami (Syracuse signee).

Who are 10 of the top nuclear-power families? The "HoopDaddys" comprised of college players who had at least three sons also go on to compete in a significant way at a similar level include:

1. Barry - Father Rick Barry, a first-team All-American as a senior when he led the nation in scoring, averaged 29.8 ppg and 16.5 rpg for Miami (FL) from 1962-63 through 1964-65. Son Scooter averaged 3.3 ppg for Kansas' 1988 NCAA titlist before leading the Jayhawks with 5.7 apg the next season. Son Jon, a junior college transfer, averaged 14.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 4.5 apg for Pacific and Georgia Tech in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Son Brent averaged 12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.3 apg for Oregon State from 1991-92 through 1994-95. Son Drew, an All-ACC second-team selection as a senior, averaged 10.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 6.2 apg for Georgia Tech from 1992-93 through 1995-96, leading the ACC in assists each of his last three seasons. Son Canyon, a redshirt freshman with the College of Charleston in 2012-13, shoots free throws underhanded like his famous father. Jon, an All-ACC third-team selection as a junior in 1991-92, and Brent, an All-Pacific-10 Conference choice as a senior, were late bloomers who went on to have productive NBA careers. Rick, Jon and Brent were NBA first-round draft choices while Drew was a second-round pick. Bruce Hale, Rick's father-in-law and a Santa Clara alumnus, coached him at Miami (FL) after playing five years in the NBA.

2. Walton - Father Bill Walton, a three-time national player of the year, averaged 20.3 ppg and 15.7 rpg for UCLA from 1971-72 through 1973-74. Son Adam lettered with LSU before incurring a rest-of-season suspension in Dale Brown's final year as coach in 1996-97 and subsequently transferring to a small college in California. Son Nate was an All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton as a senior in 2000-01, becoming the fourth player in school history with two seasons of at least 100 assists. Son Luke, a two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference choice, averaged 9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 4.5 apg for Arizona from 1999-2000 through 2002-03. Son Chris finished among the top 15 in the Mountain West Conference in assists and rebounding as a junior in 2003-04 for San Diego State, finishing his four-year career with averages of 5.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg.

3. Price - Father Dennis Price, an All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection as a junior, averaged 10.9 ppg for Oklahoma from 1957-58 through 1959-60. Son Mark, a three-time All-ACC first-team selection and All-American, averaged 17.4 ppg and 4 apg for Georgia Tech from 1982-83 through 1985-86. Son Matt scored 23 points in 18 games as a freshman for Appalachian State in 1984-85. Son Brent, an All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection as a senior, averaged 18 ppg and 5.8 apg for Oklahoma in 1990-91 and 1991-92 after transferring from South Carolina, where he averaged 12.6 ppg and 3.5 apg in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

4. Haarlow - Father Bill Haarlow Jr., a three-time All-Western Conference selection for the University of Chicago from 1933-34 through 1935-36, was the league's third-leading scorer as a sophomore (9.9 ppg), leading scorer as a junior (13) and second-leading scorer as a senior (12.6). He had three sons play for Princeton in the 1960s - A. William III averaged 10.8 ppg and 5 rpg in 1962-63, Bob averaged 8.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg from 1963-64 through 1965-66 (second-leading scorer for the Tigers' 1965 Final Four team as a teammate of All-American Bill Bradley) and John averaged 12.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg from 1965-66 through 1967-68 (All-Ivy League second-team selection as a junior). With Bill Jr. cited on's comprehensive list of all-time All-Americans, the Haarlows might have been the initial most impactful family on the sport.

5. Paterno - Father Bill Paterno averaged 3.4 ppg with St. Francis (N.Y.) in 1948-49 and 1949-50 after scoring 18 points in nine games in 1947-48. Son Billy averaged 9.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg for Notre Dame from 1973-74 through 1976-77 under coach Digger Phelps, finishing team runner-up in scoring to All-American Adrian Dantley as a sophomore with 13.3 ppg. Son Mike averaged 3.1 ppg for Monmouth in 1987-88. Son Joe averaged 14.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg with Fordham from 1985-86 through 1988-89, leading the Rams in scoring in three seasons and finishing his career as their all-time second-leading scorer. Son Steve averaged 10.8 ppg and 3.6 rpg with Marist from 1987-88 through 1990-91, leading the Red Foxes in scoring as a junior before finishing runner-up as a senior.

6. Raivio - Father Rick Raivio, a three-time All-WCAC selection who led Portland in field-goal shooting all four seasons, finished as the Pilots' all-time leading rebounder (910/9.4 rpg) while averaging 17.2 ppg before becoming a fifth-round draft choice by the Los Angeles Lakers. Son Derek, the WCC co-player of the year as a senior (18 ppg and nation-leading 96.1 FT%), averaged 11.5 ppg and 2.8 apg while shooting 41.6% from beyond the arc from 2003-04 through 2006-07 with Gonzaga en route to becoming the #2 all-time free-throw shooter in DI history (92.7%). Son Nik, a J.C. recruit, was an All-WCC selection as a junior with Portland in 2008-09 when he averaged 16 ppg and 6.5 rpg before heading overseas to play professionally after finishing his Pilots' career with 14.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Son Matt was averaging 11.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for Simon Fraser (Vancouver) in mid-season in 2011-12 after transferring from Santa Rosa (CA) JC.

7. Pollard - Father Pearl Pollard (6-9), a second-team All-Skyline Conference choice as a senior, averaged 10.5 ppg and 7.9 rpg for Utah from 1956-57 through 1958-59 with three national postseason tournament teams, leading the Utes in scoring and rebounding as a senior. Son Carl, 7-2, played briefly for BYU as a freshman in 1983-84 before redshirting in 1984-85, going on a two-year Mormon mission and transferring with a brother to Southern California, where he didn't play prior to competing with Southern Utah in 1989-90 and averaging 1.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg. Son Alan, 6-9, averaged 5.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg while splitting four seasons between Brigham Young and USC from 1984-85 through 1988-89, leading BYU in rebounding as a freshman. Son Mark, 6-11, played briefly for San Diego State in 1990-91 before also leaving at the same time with a brother. Son Neal, 7-0, redshirted at San Diego State in 1988-89 before going on a Mormon mission to New England, playing three games with the Aztecs in 1991-92 and transferring to Utah State, where he didn't play. Son Scot, 6-11, averaged 9.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.7 bpg for four Kansas teams reaching NCAA playoff regional semifinals from 1993-94 through 1996-97 before becoming an NBA first-round draft choice.

8. Doyle - Father Dan Doyle averaged 13.7 ppg and 12.2 rpg for Belmont Abbey (N.C.) in his four-year career. He was selected by the Detroit Pistons in 5th round of 1961 NBA draft (44th pick overall) after pacing Al McGuire-coached teams in scoring average his final three seasons and rebounding as a junior and senior. Son Danny averaged 7.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg with Iona from 1989-90 through 1993-94, leading the Gaels in assists and steals as a senior. Son Joe led then-DII Sacred Heart in scoring, assists and steals as a senior in 1996-97. Son Tim played sparingly for St. John's in 2002-03 before transferring to Northwestern, where he averaged 8.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.3 spg from 2004-05 through 2006-07, leading the Wildcats in assists his last two seasons and in steals as a senior.

9. Huggins - Father Charlie Huggins was an All-WVIAC first-team selection for Alderson-Broaddus (W. Va.) in 1957-58 after transferring from West Virginia. Son Bob averaged 8.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg while shooting 45.9% from the floor and 79.4% from the free-throw line with West Virginia in the mid-1970s after transferring from Ohio University. Son Harry was a two-year letterman for Texas Lutheran in the late 1970s after transferring from Rice. Son Larry averaged 5.6 ppg, 2 rpg and 2.1 apg while shooting 46.3% from the floor and 79.3% from the free-throw line as a captain for Ohio State in the early 1980s.

10. McGee - Father Anthony McGee led Long Beach State in scoring in 1975-76 with 14.8 ppg before contributing 4.5 ppg for the 49ers' NCAA playoff team the next season. Son Tony averaged 4 ppg for Eastern Washington in 1997-98 and 1998-99. Son Antoine averaged 1.4 ppg and 1.7 apg with Colorado from 2002-03 through 2005-06. Son Andre averaged 5.2 ppg and 1.8 apg while shooting 36.5% from beyond the arc with Louisville from 2005-06 through 2008-09, leading the Cardinals in three-point field-goal shooting as a junior (39.4%).

Fife - Father Dan Fife, a 10th-round draft choice by the Milwaukee Bucks before pitching briefly for the Minnesota Twins, averaged 12.6 ppg and 4.9 rpg for Michigan from 1968-69 through 1970-71. Son Dugan averaged 4.6 ppg and 2 rpg for Michigan from 1992-93 through 1995-96. Son Jeremy led Grand Valley State (MI) in assists in 1996-97 and 1997-98. Son Dane averaged 5.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.4 spg while shooting 38.2% from three-point range for Indiana from 1998-99 through 2001-02.

American Idle: Larry Brown Sheds Rust to Come Back For More College

Southern Methodist, after failing to return to the NCAA playoffs under North Carolina alumnus Matt Doherty, doubled down on the Tar Heel connection by hiring dinosaur Larry Brown as the Mustangs lay the groundwork for joining the Big East Conference.

Guiding the Dallas-based school to the Final Four is a Brown out. But Brown, who has been away from the college game for almost a quarter century, will warrant national coach of the year acclaim if he immediately guides Southern Methodist to the 20-win plateau like he did with UCLA and Kansas in each of his seven seasons with them in the 1980s.

First things first! Southern Methodist better hope Brown doesn't come full circle, have a change of heart and renege on his deal like he did with Davidson in the late 1960s. Brown's final season with Kansas in 1988 when he directed the Danny Manning-led Jayhawks to an NCAA title also marked the last year the Mustangs won an NCAA playoff game (83-75 over Digger Phelps-coached Notre Dame at Chapel Hill).

Former Kansas assistant Tim Jankovich subsequently left Illinois State to become the Mustangs' coach-in-waiting under Brown. Oddly, Jankovich joins Brown on the following list of active head coaches who served in non-college head coaching capacities at least nine seasons before returning to a Division I program as bench boss:

Juco Jewels: Crowder Joins J.C. MVP List in Power Conferences

Junior college players such as Marquette's Jae Crowder weren't looked at so condescendingly by many four-year universities because of an improved image after the advent of stiffer academic requirements for Division I freshman eligibility. But amid more rigid scholastic standards for both high school and J.C. prospects, the jucos might go back to being deemed the rogues of recruiting.

Mid-major schools figure to be hit hardest by any reduction in the flow of juco talent but power leagues have often filled in holes from the J.C. ranks. The misconceptions regarding junior college basketball aren't helped when network TV pulls a snafu such as in the early 1990s when it was mistakenly inferred that Kentucky guard Dale Brown was the first instance of the Wildcats recruiting a junior college player.

Actually, legendary coach Adolph Rupp, a Kansas native, regularly attended the NJCAA Tournament at Hutchinson, Kan., in the 1950s and recruited four tournament MVPs or leading scorers. Two of the four didn't play much for Kentucky or transferred, but the other two - Bob Burrow (Lon Morris) and Sid Cohen (Kilgore) - proved to be pivotal players for the Wildcats and were selected in the NBA draft. Burrow, an NCAA consensus second-team All-American in 1956, still holds the school record for rebound average in a career (16.1 rpg). Guard Adrian Smith, a key member of Kentucky's 1958 NCAA champion, was also a junior college recruit. Ditto Doug Pendygraft, who joined UK after setting an NJCAA record with 63 points in a national tournament game for Lindsey Wilson.

John Wooden's first center with UCLA was Carl Kraushaar, a transfer from Compton (CA) Community College who led the Bruins in scoring in 1948-49 and was an All-PCC selection the next season. Often overlooked amid UCLA's amazing run of nine NCAA Tournament titles in a 10-year span from 1964 through 1973 was the impact of junior college products. The Bruins had six J.C. recruits, including 1970 Final Four Most Outstanding Player Sidney Wicks, who were part of multiple NCAA championships.

The Big Ten Conference has never had an abundance of junior college players, but J.C. transfer Dick Garmaker (Hibbing) scored 37 points for Minnesota in his first league game in 1954 before becoming an NCAA consensus All-American the next year.

Burrow (1954) and Garmaker (1952) are two of five players - including Furman's Darrell Floyd (1951), Tulsa's Paul Pressey (1980) and St. John's Walter Berry (1984) - who were named NJCAA Tournament MVP before becoming NCAA All-Americans. Berry also participated in the NCAA Final Four.

Five of the top six scorers for Oklahoma's 2002 Final Four team were former junior college players. Former Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson is fond of the realistic view junior college recruits offer a roster.

"A lot of their egos are broken down already," Sampson said. "They've been through a lot on and off the court. High school kids sometimes have egos that you have to work through. Their bubble hasn't burst yet. A high school kid sometimes gets faced with, `I thought I was better than this.' Also, juco kids only have two years left. They're hungry."

Crowder was the "hungriest" juco jewel this season as he joined the following alphabetical list of J.C. recruits who became MVP in a power six league:

Player of Year Pos. School Conference Season Junior College(s)
Tony Allen G Oklahoma State Big 12 2003-04 Butler County (KS)/Wabash Valley (IL)
Walter Berry F-C St. John's Big East 1985-86 San Jacinto (TX)
Lester Conner G Oregon State Pacific-10 1981-82 Los Medanos (CA)/Chabot (CA)
Jae Crowder F Marquette Big East 2011-12 South Georgia Tech/Howard County (TX)
Ed Gray G California Pacific-10 1996-97 Southern Idaho
Bobby Jackson G Minnesota Big Ten 1996-97 Western Nebraska
Cliff Meely F-C Colorado Big Eight 1970-71 Northeastern (CO)
Chris Porter F Auburn Southeastern 1998-99 Chipola (FL)
Willie Smith G Missouri Big Eight 1975-76 Seminole (OK)
Marcus Thornton G Louisiana State Southeastern 2008-09 Kilgore (TX)
Jamaal Tinsley G Iowa State Big 12 2000-01 Mount San Jacinto (CA)
Sam Williams F Iowa Big Ten 1967-68 Burlington (IA)

Classiest Classes: Where Do Two Recent Short-lived UK Groups Rank?

In 1965-66, the best team in the country might have been UCLA's freshman squad. The Bruins' frosh, led by 7-1 Lew Alcindor's 31 points and 21 rebounds, defeated the two-time NCAA champion UCLA varsity, 75-60. The yearlings compiled a 21-0 record, outscoring their opponents 113.2 points per game to 56.6. Starters for what is considered by some as the best freshman team in NCAA history included Alcindor (33.1 ppg and 21.5 rpg), forwards Lynn Shackelford (20.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg) and Kent Taylor (7.2 ppg) and guards Lucius Allen (22.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg) and Kenny Heitz (14.3 ppg).

Freshmen became eligible for varsity competition seven years later, but there are no guarantees despite a recruit's regal high school resume. In fact, UCLA had a couple of the most disappointing classes in memory in the previous 10 years. Michigan saw both ends of the spectrum with a couple of its freshman recruiting crops in the 1990s that were highly acclaimed. One lived up to expectations while the other went from feast to famine.

The "Fab Five" in the first half of the decade probably will stand the test of time and earn recognition among the best classes in college basketball history. On the other hand, guard Louis Bullock was all that was left at the conclusion of the Wolverines' promising 1995-96 freshman class that included Tractor Traylor (left early to become an NBA lottery pick) and Albert White (transferred to Missouri where he was the Tigers' leading scorer in 1998-99 with 16.3 ppg). Minus Traylor and White, Michigan posted an anemic 12-19 record in 1998-99 and finished in a tie for ninth place in the Big Ten (5-11).

In the aftermath of Michigan's recruiting hauls, Duke had an amazing series of regal freshman classes. The Blue Devils' 1997-98 freshman crop (William Avery, Shane Battier, Elton Brand and Chris Burgess) dominated the ACC and was well on its way toward challenging Indiana's superb group in the mid-1970s as the premier class of all time until Avery and Brand left school early for the NBA and Burgess transferred to Utah. The splendid original class was eventually regarded as superior to Michigan's "Fab Five" but with only two years intact won't boast the extended excellence to supplant Indiana's brilliant crew that included Quinn Buckner, Scott May and Bobby Wilkerson.

In 1999-2000, Duke's stunning freshmen included Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Jason Williams. In 2002-03, the Devils' frosh class included guards Sean Dockery and J.J. Redick plus centers Shavlik Randolph and Shelden Williams. All of these groups were Final Four-bound.

As a means of comparison, the Blue Devils' outstanding class comprised of Mark Alarie, Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins and David Henderson embarked with an 11-17 mark in 1982-83 before concluding their collegiate careers with an NCAA single-season standard for victories (37-3 in 1985-86).

Ranking recruiting classes regarding their long-term impact on college basketball is risky business. For instance, does Michigan's Fab Five deserve more acclaim than Butler's mid-major level class that also reached back-to-back NCAA championship games? Where does Kentucky's terrific title trio this season deserve to be ranked insofar as it was around only one year? And what does the future hold for the elite recruiting classes assembled this season by Kentucky, Arizona and UCLA? Next year's UK crop is already being labeled as perhaps the greatest in collegiate history but it will do well to simply be better than four previous Wildcats classes (1978, 1983, 2013 and 2015).

It is a simplistic copout to accept the instant visibility of icon programs and automatically cite them among the most influential in college history. Classes from Alcorn State, Butler, East Tennessee State, San Francisco, Southern Mississippi and Wichita State are mentioned in this appraisal. In an era of "one 'n done" freshmen, extended impact becomes an even more vital factor in separating the premier recruiting classes.

There is little doubt that Kentucky's 2012 title team frosh class would have quickly moved up the pecking order if they had chosen to return. It's unlikely the NCAA will tamper with a nation's fascination with freshmen by making them ineligible. Following is's view, factoring in length of tenure (undergraduates declaring for the NBA draft), of the premier recruiting crops (excluding junior college signees) since the introduction of freshman eligibility in 1972-73:

1. Indiana (class of '76)
Recruiting Class: Tom Abernethy, Quinn Buckner, Jim Crews, Scott May, Bobby Wilkerson.
Achievements: Last NCAA champion to go undefeated compiled a 63-1 record in last two seasons this class was intact, climaxing a run of four Big Ten titles. Reached 1973 Final Four with freshmen Buckner and Crews as starting guards under coach Bob Knight (May was ineligible as a freshman for academic reasons). Posted an amazing 59-5 conference mark while capturing four consecutive Big Ten titles. Abernethy, Buckner, May and Wilkerson all played at least five seasons in the NBA while Crews went on to coach Evansville and Army for more than 20 seasons

2. Duke (class of '01)
Recruiting Class: William Avery, Shane Battier, Elton Brand, Chris Burgess (transfer/Utah).
Achievements: Won 31 of 32 ACC games in two seasons together before Avery and Brand left early for the NBA draft. NCAA playoff runner-up in 1999 under coach Mike Krzyzewski

3. Georgetown (class of '85)
Recruiting Class: Ralph Dalton, Patrick Ewing, Anthony Jones (transfer/UNLV), Bill Martin.
Achievements: Won NCAA title in 1984, runner-up in 1985 and reached Final Four in 1982. Went 30-7, 22-10, 34-3 and 35-3 under coach John Thompson. The Hoyas' worst Big East record in that span was 11-5 in 1982-83 although their only conference crown was in 1984. Ewing was the only one of the group to play more than three season in the NBA.

4. Florida (class of '08)
Recruiting Class: Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah.
Achievements: Brewer, Horford and Noah were top nine NBA draft choices as undergraduates after capturing back-to-back NCAA crowns in 2006 and 2007.

5. North Carolina (class of '06)
Recruiting Class: Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants, Sean May, David Noel, Bryon Sanders.
Achievements: Felton, McCants and May earned All-ACC honors in their final seasons as juniors when they captured the NCAA crown before becoming top 14 NBA draft choices.

6. Kansas (class of '03)
Recruiting Class: Nick Collison, Drew Gooden, Kirk Hinrich.
Achievements: Collison, Gooden and Hinrich each became an NBA lottery pick. After Gooden left early for the NBA draft, Collison and Hinrich were All-Americans in 2003 when the Jayhawks finished NCAA Tournament runner-up under coach Roy Williams. KU went unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference in 2002.

7. Duke (class of '03)
Recruiting Class: Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Jason Williams.
Achievements: Might have been the school's best if any of them had exercised all of their eligibility similar to teammate Shane Battier. Reached NCAA playoff final in 1999 and 2001 under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

8. Michigan (class of '95)
Recruiting Class: Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King, Jalen Rose, Chris Webber.
Achievements: NCAA Tournament runner-up in 1992 (25-9) and 1993 (31-5) as freshman and sophomore starters. Howard, Rose and Webber became NBA first-round draft choices as undergraduates and each played more than 12 years in the league. Principal drawback is that none of the "Fab Five" was a member of a Big Ten Conference title team under coach Steve Fisher.

9. North Carolina (class of '10)
Recruiting Class: Wayne Ellington, Ty Lawson, Alec Stephenson (transfer/Southern California), Deon Thompson, Brandan Wright.
Achievements: Wright was a "one 'n done" recruit, but core of group cruised to 2009 NCAA crown by winning their playoff games by an average of 20.2 points.

10. Notre Dame (class of '81)
Recruiting Class: Tracy Jackson, Gilbert Salinas, Kelly Tripucka, Stan Wilcox, Orlando Woolridge.
Achievements: Final Four participant in 1978 and Midwest Regional runner-up in '79. Irish went 23-8, 24-6, 22-6 and 23-6 under coach Digger Phelps. Jackson, Tripucka and Woolridge were its top three scorers each of their last three seasons. Tripucka (26.5 ppg/15.3) and Woolridge (25.1/10.6) had long NBA careers where they flourished as scorers, posting a pro career-high scoring average significantly higher than their college career mark.

11. Louisville (class of '82)
Recruiting Class: Wiley Brown, Jerry Eaves, Scooter McCray, Derek Smith, Pancho Wright.
Achievements: Won NCAA title in 1980 with Brown, Eaves and Smith starting while McCray was sidelined with a knee injury. Reached the 1982 Final Four under coach Denny Crum. Went 24-8, 33-3, 21-9 and 23-10 with Metro Conference crowns the first three years.

12. Kentucky (class of '15)
Recruiting Class: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer (transfer/Gonzaga).
Achievements: Undefeated SEC worksheet before capturing an NCAA title in their lone season together. Outside marksman Wiltjer was the only one not to declare for the NBA draft after their 38-2 freshman campaign under coach John Calipari.

13. North Carolina (class of '97)
Recruiting Class: Guy McInnis, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Serge Zwikker.
Achievements: Zwikker was the only Tar Heels representative for each of their three 28-win campaigns in this four-year span under coach Dean Smith.

14. Kentucky (class of '83)
Recruiting Class: Sam Bowie, Derrick Hord, Charles Hunt, Dirk Minniefield.
Achievements: Oft-injured Bowie played five years, reaching Final Four in 1984. Original class had respective records of 29-6, 22-6, 22-8 and 23-8, but never advanced beyond second game of NCAA playoffs. Captured three SEC championships in that span under coach Joe B. Hall.

15. UCLA (class of '77)
Recruiting Class: Marques Johnson, Wilbert Olinde, Gavin Smith (transfer/Hawaii), Jim Spillane, Richard Washington.
Achievements: Won [John Wooden's](coaches/john-wooden) final NCAA title in 1975. Washington left for the NBA a year early. Bruins went 26-4, 28-3, 28-4 and 25-4 with four Pacific-8 Conference crowns. Reached Final Four in '76 under coach Gene Bartow.

16. Ohio State (class of '10)
Recruiting Class: Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook, David Lighty, Greg Oden.
Achievements: Known as the "Thad Five" (when adding juco recruit Othello Hunter), the Buckeyes compiled a 35-4 as NCAA Tournament runner-up in 2007. Oden and Conley were top four NBA draft choices following freshman campaign.

17. North Carolina (class of '77)
Recruiting Class: Bruce Buckley, Walter Davis, John Kuester, Tom LaGarde.
Achievements: Lost 1977 NCAA playoff final (28-5 record) after posting similar marks (composite of 70-18) the previous three years. Captured ACC regular-season championships their last two seasons under coach Dean Smith.

18. North Carolina (class of '94)
Recruiting Class: Eric Montross, Derrick Phelps, Brian Reese, Clifford Rozier (transfer/Louisville), Pat Sullivan.
Achievements: Won NCAA title in 1993 after reaching 1991 Final Four as freshmen. Compiled records of 29-6, 23-10, 34-4 and 28-7 under coach Dean Smith. Only ACC regular-season championship was in 1993.

19. Illinois (class of '06)
Recruiting Class: James Augustine, Dee Brown, Deron Williams, Kyle Wilson (transfer/Wichita State).
Achievements: Bill Self's recruits became NCAA Tournament runner-up in 2005 under coach Bruce Weber.

20. Kentucky (class of '13)
Recruiting Class: Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, John Wall.
Achievements: Regional runner-up after winning SEC regular-season and league tournament titles in 2010 in their lone season together. All four recruits became NBA first-round draft choices.

21. Michigan State (class of '81)
Recruiting Class: Mike Brkovich, Magic Johnson, Rick Kaye, Jay Vincent.
Achievements: Recovered from embarrassing 18-point defeat to league cellar dweller Northwestern to win 1979 NCAA championship under coach Jud Heathcote with an average victory margin of 20.8 points. Went 25-5 and 26-6 and captured Big Ten titles in Johnson's two seasons before posting losing records (12-15 and 13-14) after he turned pro early.

22. Duke (class of '86)
Recruiting Class: Mark Alarie, Jay Bilas, Johnny Dawkins, David Henderson.
Achievements: Runner-up in 1986 NCAA playoffs with an NCAA-record 37-3 mark after going 24-10 and 23-8 the previous two years following an 11-17 worksheet as freshmen under coach Mike Krzyzewski. Senior season accounted for the group's lone ACC regular-season championship.

23. San Francisco (class of '79)
Recruiting Class: Winford Boynes, Bill Cartwright, Erik Gilberg, Raymond Hamilton (left after two seasons), James Hardy.
Achievements: Went 22-8, 29-2, 22-5 and 22-7 with WCAC championships the last three years. Boynes and Hardy were among the top 13 NBA draft picks after leaving school following their junior season when Dan Belluomini succeeded Bob Gaillard as coach. Cartwright was the third selection overall the next year.

24. Duke (class of '06)
Recruiting Class: Sean Dockery, Lee Melchionni, Shavlik Randolph, J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams.
Achievements: Three seasons with at least 28 victories as All-Americans Redick and Williams exercised all of their collegiate eligibility. Can't be ranked ahead of Michigan's Fab Five because they never reached a Final Four.

25. Kansas (class of '09)
Recruiting Class: Mario Chalmers, Micah Downs (transfer/Gonzaga), Brandon Rush, Julian Wright.
Achievements: Wright left school early for the NBA prior to KU's NCAA title in 2008. None of group was around for the 2008-09 campaign.

26. Syracuse (class of '06)
Recruiting Class: Carmelo Anthony, Billy Edelin, Gerry McNamara.
Achievements: Anthony, the 2003 Final Four MOP, led the champion Orange in scoring in five of its six playoff games. McNamara was Big East Conference Tournament MVP as a senior.

27. Connecticut (class of '07)
Recruiting Class: Josh Boone, Charlie Villanueva, Marcus Williams.
Achievements: Won 2004 NCAA title before each of them left school early for the NBA the next two years.

28. Kansas (class of '05)
Recruiting Class: Keith Langford, Michael Lee, Aaron Miles, Wayne Simien.
Achievements: Splitting time between coaches Roy Williams and Bill Self, this quartet combined for nearly 5,100 points.

29. Marquette (class of '09)
Recruiting Class: Dominic James, Wesley Matthews, Jerel McNeal.
Achievements: Recruited by Tom Crean and playing senior season under Buzz Williams, they combined for more than 5,400 points in compiling four 20-win seasons.

30. Arizona (class of '76)
Recruiting Class: Al Fleming, John Irving (transfer/Hofstra), Eric Money, Coniel Norman, Jim Rappis.
Achievements: Overshadowed by UCLA, UA's "Kiddie Korps" started off 16-10 before members of the original group went 19-7, 22-7 and 24-9 under coach Fred Snowden. Norman averaged 23.9 ppg and Money averaged 18.5 ppg before they turned pro after two seasons. Irving played one season with the Wildcats before transferring to Hofstra, where he led the nation in rebounding in 1975. Fleming became the school's all-time leading rebounder.

31. Purdue (class of '88)
Recruiting Class: Jeff Arnold, Troy Lewis, Todd Mitchell, Dave Stack, Everette Stephens.
Achievements: "The Three Amigos" (Lewis, Mitchell and Stephens) were instrumental in helping the Boilermakers compile a four-year record of 96-28 (.774), including a glittering 29-4 mark as seniors under coach Gene Keady. Lewis and Mitchell still rank among the school's all-time top 10 scorers. Group captured Big Ten Conference titles their last two seasons together. Stephens went on to have the most NBA experience with 38 games.

32. Wichita State (class of '83)
Recruiting Class: Antoine Carr, James Gibbs, Ozell Jones (transfer/Cal State Fullerton), Cliff Levingston.
Achievements: Posted marks of 17-12, 26-7, 23-6 and 25-3 under coach Gene Smithson. Group is somewhat overlooked because the school was on NCAA probation in 1982 and 1983. Levingston left after his junior year. Captured Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championships in 1981 and 1983. Jones played in the NBA with Carr and Levingston.

33. North Carolina (class of '99)
Recruiting Class: Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, Ademola Okulaja.
Achievements: Coach Dean Smith must have been frustrated in his last two seasons that teams with talents such as Carter and Jamison lost a total of 18 games in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

34. Arizona (class of '05)
Recruiting Class: Will Bynum (transfer/Georgia Tech), Isaiah Fox, Channing Frye, Dennis Latimore (transfer/Notre Dame), Salim Stoudamire.
Achievements: Might have ranked higher if they didn't go through the turmoil of coach Lute Olson's swan song.

35. Kentucky (class of '78)
Recruiting Class: Jack Givens, Dan Hall (transfer/Marshall), James Lee, Mike Phillips, Rick Robey.
Achievements: Freshmen on UK's national runner-up in 1975. Givens (Final Four MOP), Lee, Phillips and Robey represented four of the Wildcats' top five scorers for the Wildcats' 1978 NCAA titlist under coach Joe B. Hall. UK had to settle for participating in the 1976 NIT when Robey missed more than half of the season because of a knee injury.

36. Kansas State (class of '11)
Recruiting Class: Ron Anderson Jr. (transfer/South Florida), Michael Beasley, Fred Brown, Jacob Pullen, Dominique Sutton (transfer/North Carolina Central), Bill Walker.
Achievements: Notched a 21-12 record in their only season together as Beasley and Walker departed for the NBA after freshman campaign.

37. Maryland (class of '81)
Recruiting Class: Ernest Graham, Albert King, Greg Manning.
Achievements: Graham, King and Manning all finished their careers with more than 1,500 points. The Terrapins went 15-13, 19-11, 24-7 (won 1980 ACC regular-season title) and 21-10 under coach Lefty Driesell.

38. Pittsburgh (class of '91)
Recruiting Class: Bobby Martin, Jason Matthews, Sean Miller (RS in 1990), Darelle Porter, Brian Shorter (Prop 48).
Achievements: All five players became 1,000-point scorers in their careers. The Panthers went 24-7 with a Big East Conference title in 1987-88 when they were freshmen before struggling the next couple of seasons under coach Paul Evans.

39. UCLA (class of '83)
Recruiting Class: Darren Daye, Rod Foster, Michael Holton, Cliff Pruitt (transfer/UAB).
Achievements: NCAA Tournament runner-up in 1980 as freshmen under coach Larry Brown. Won Pacific-10 title in '83 under Brown's successor (Larry Farmer). Compiled records of 22-10, 20-7, 21-6 and 23-6.

40. Georgia (class of '83)
Recruiting Class: Terry Fair, Lamar Heard, Dominique Wilkins.
Achievements: The Bulldogs averaged 19 victories annually from 1979-80 through 1982-83 after winning more than 14 games only once the previous 29 seasons.

(Underrated classes that didn't generate the headlines they deserved.)

Alcorn State (class of '85)
Recruiting Class: Eddie Archer, Aaron Brandon, Tommy Collier, Michael Phelps.
Achievements: Archer, Brandon, Collier and Phelps all finished their careers with more than 1,200 points. The Braves won three SWAC championships in four years from 1982 through 1985 under coach Davey Whitney, winning NCAA playoff games in 1983 and 1984 when they were eliminated by Georgetown and Kansas by a total of six points.

Butler (class of '12)
Recruiting Class: Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack, Ronald Nored, Chase Stigall (redshirt).
Achievements: Hayward nearly hit a game-winning half-court shot in 2010 NCAA title contest. Mack and Nored appeared in back-to-back NCAA championship games. Stigall went on to become one of the Bulldogs' top three-point shooters.

East Tennessee State (class of '91)
Recruiting Class: Greg Dennis, Major Geer, Keith Jennings, Alvin West.
Achievements: All four players became 1,000-point scorers in their careers. East Tennessee State coasted to three consecutive Southern Conference Tournament titles from 1989 through 1991 under coaches Les Robinson and Alan LeForce.

Iowa (class of '89)
Recruiting Class: B.J. Armstrong, Ed Horton, Les Jepsen (freshman redshirt), Roy Marble.
Achievements: George Raveling's final recruiting class with the Hawkeyes (including J.C. signee Kevin Gamble) all played in the NBA after helping Tom Davis capture national coach of the year acclaim in 1986-87.

North Carolina (class of '69)
Recruiting Class: Jim Bostick (transfer/Auburn), Joe Brown, Bill Bunting, Rusty Clark, Dick Grubar, Gerald Tuttle.
Achievements: Participated in three consecutive Final Fours from 1967 through 1969 under Dean Smith.

Ohio State (class of '81)
Recruiting Class: Marquis Miller, Kenny Page (transfer/New Mexico), Todd Penn, Carter Scott, Jim Smith, Herb Williams. Achievements: Eldon Miller, Fred Taylor's coaching successor, returned the Buckeyes to national postseason competition with three four-year starters (Scott, Smith and Williams). Page, after starting most of his freshman season with OSU, twice ranked among the nation's top 11 scorers with the Lobos.

Southern California (class of '89)
Recruiting Class: Jeff Connelly (transfer/Santa Clara), Hank Gathers (transfer/Loyola Marymount), Bo Kimble (transfer/Loyola Marymount), Tom Lewis (transfer/Pepperdine).
Achievements: The nucleus of USC's class, recruited by Stan Morrison, left to become stars in the West Coast Conference after a modest freshman season (11-17) when George Raveling arrived as coach.

Southern Mississippi (class of '88)
Recruiting Class: Casey Fisher, Derrick Hamilton, Randolph Keys, John White.
Achievements: Keys, Fisher, Hamilton and White all finished their careers with more than 1,300 points. The Golden Eagles, overshadowed in the Metro Conference by Louisville, won the 1987 NIT under coach M.K. Turk when each of the quartet scored in double digits.

Utah (class of '81)
Recruiting Class: Karl Bankowski, Tom Chambers, Scott Martin, Danny Vranes.
Achievements: Formidable frontcourt featuring Bankowski/Chambers/Vranes helped enable Martin to pace the Utes in assists three successive seasons under coach Jerry Pimm.

Wake Forest (class of '82)
Recruiting Class: Mike Helms, Jim Johnstone, Guy Morgan, Alvis Rogers (RS in 1982).
Achievements: All four players finished their careers with more than 1,100 points under coach Carl Tacy. Morgan, Rogers and Johnstone each grabbed more than 550 rebounds. The Demon Deacons posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history (22-7 in 1980-81 and 21-9 in 1981-82 when they finished both years in third place in the ACC).


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