First year coaches....who has done the best job?

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  • Mike Anderson - Missouri

    9 5.45%
  • Jeff Capel - Oklahoma

    7 4.24%
  • Bob Huggins - Kansas State

    92 55.76%
  • Greg McDermott - Iowa State

    45 27.27%
  • Sean Sutton - Oklahoma State

    7 4.24%
  • Doc Sadler - Nebraska

    5 3.03%
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    First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    As much as it pains me to say it......Bob Huggins might be the choice.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    I still don't get the love affair with K-State and Huggins. Who has K-State defeated this year? Texas by 1? Meh...I think Texas was clearly looking ahead to 2 days after that game and their game vs. A&M. But...K-State did defeat Texas...so gotta give 'em that.

    Outside of that game, their resume doesn't impress me.

    As for Huggins - he didn't exactly inherit a team void of talent and size. Not to mention, he's actually got a decent number of players with experience.

    It's not that K-State is bad or Huggins isn't doing well there - I just can't fall all over them like others are.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    I voted for GMAC and I believe that. Huggy has enough talent there to be successful, we have very little and have kept it respectible. Capel has had his moments but he's fading. Doc Sadler has potenial.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    Here is my quick assessment:

    Bob Huggins (KSU) - This is basically the same team as Woolridge had and look what he has done with them. Combine that with a top 10 recruiting class coming in next year, he's done a helluva job. Will he stick around? Grade: A

    Mike Anderson (Missouri) - 17-9 (6-7) in his first season. They were 12-16 (5-11) last year so it appears he has things headed in the right direction. Can he recruit consistantly? Grade: A-

    Greg McDermott (ISU) - This is about the season that we expected from the Cyclones. I was kind of hoping for a pleasant surprise and we would have a better record than we do, but it's not going to happen. We returned 4 scholarship players and have done a little better than the preseason predictions. McDermott can recruit and we all know he is a proven coach. Let's see what he can do with more than 3 or 4 players with real talent. Grade: B+

    Jeff Capel (OU) - OU had a great season last year, 20-9 (11-5) but lost several key guys. They didn't have much returning talent similar to Iowa State but have done fairly well. It looks like these guys are well-coached and it appears that Capel can recruit. Grade: B

    Doc Sadler (NU) - NU was 7-9 last year. but they lost a couple key players. It looked like they were ready to turn the corner but it doesn't look like it will happen this year. Can he recruit? Grade: C+

    Sean Sutton (OSU) - He team is falling...and fast. He inherited a talent-rich team and they looked good early, but look pretty bad now. Reminds me of UNI's team this year. Grade: C-



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    You forgot to add that Sean Sutton won't be around much longer because he's due for an on-court heart attack if he doesn't chill out a little...anybody else notice that?



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    If it weren't for a couple of collapses early in the conference season, Missouri would be heading to the NCAA's. They have improved more than any other team throughout the conference season, just the way a new coach would want.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    Around the country, how about Tony Bennett with Washington State. Anybody who says that the cyclones can't ever be a top ten team, take a look at WSU's top ten ranking. If they say that Ames, IA is hard, try Pullman, Washington. We might have to recruit against Iowa, a mediocre basketball team while Washington State has to recruit against two powerhouses (Gonzaga and University of Washington).


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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    Quote Originally Posted by wonkadog View Post
    You forgot to add that Sean Sutton won't be around much longer because he's due for an on-court heart attack if he doesn't chill out a little...anybody else notice that?
    He sure has the "Sutton Growl" down already...



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    I think that McDermott has done the best job. I am not only saying this because he is the ISU coach, but considering the situation before he started with getting a late start recruiting and haveing very little returning, I think he has done great. Some of the other coaches had quite a bit of talent to begin with.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    I'd go with Jeff Capel. He's made stiffs like Longar Longar and Nate Carter into scoring, productive machines. I had this team picked 10th in the Big 12, and they still could make the dance.

    The guy's got no talent, and is winning in the Big 12 South. Unlike Huggins, he doesn't have the weak B12 North to play against.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    I'd have to say that Huggins' job at K-State has been good, but he had good athletes to begin with. Good coaching is taking the players you have and molding them into the type of players you want, such as McDermott coaching the crap out of Jiri and turning him into a Big XII post player. Huggins has taken a lot of really talented and experienced players and made them play well.

    I think Anderson at Missouri (aside from my bias of McDermott of course) had done the best job considering the team he had. He really only has a couple of really athletic guys, but he used pure strategy to be in games that his team shouldn't be in. Once he gets a couple of his players, his team will shine.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    Gotta go with Huggins. I don't understand how you couldn't. They were a bad team last year, and the recruiting additions playing this year haven't enhanced the team that much (Bennett's a dud, Blake Young's ok I guess). He's taken a team that performed poorly last year and made them a tournament team the next year. I don't care what kind of talent he inherited, that's still impressive.

    I'd put GMac second. To have 5 conference wins with this team is pretty impressive (not to mention a close loss to Kansas)...I think most of the coaches in the Big 12 would go insane trying to put up with the lack of strength and talent on this ISU team. Not many coaches in the country could get 5 conference wins out of this team.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    coaching wise.. i would have to say Greg.. took prob the biggest challenge in the big 12.. went out and got some talent...went step to step with ohio st... made kan. go into overtime.. the guy never stops coaching.. he has made jiri play in the post.. and recently has encouraged McIntosh to shoot more.. He has done more with less then any1 in the big 12.. yes huggins has done an outstanding job.. but really he had talent come back.. and his name alone makes recruiting a breeze for the guy..


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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    I went with GMAC. Huggins has had a remarkable season, but his reputation precedes him at KSU, and recruits lined right up. GMAC has had to take a team which totally imploded and rebuild essentially from scratch. The fact that they are even sniffing .500 or above for the season is remarkable.



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    Re: First year coaches....who has done the best job?

    ISU Fan 22: Who has K-State defeated this year?

    Tim Floyd's USC Trojans. 13-point win on a neutral court. Huggins is the clear choice here. He has KSU in the Tournament (my opinion) as long as they win two of their last three. After you take away Bill Walker, he has achieved a top four spot in the Big XII with the exact same team that Jim Woolridge floundered with.

    I appreciate the job that Greg McDermott is doing, but this isn't close.



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