A look at four coaches who have had success at midmajor programs and who have, so far, stayed at their schools:
Shaka Smart, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH
Current status: The 35-year-old just got a contract extension with VCU, reportedly taking him through the year 2023 with a raise from $1.2 million annually to about $1.5 million.
Schools that have reportedly tried to woo him: This year, the major players were the Gophers and UCLA. Smart has also gotten attention from Illinois, North Carolina State and Maryland in the recent past.
Success level: Reached the Final Four in 2011 and made the round of 32 each of the past two years.
Brad Stevens, Butler
Current status: There is no new contract to seal the message, but Stevens has repeatedly said he his happy at Butler.
Schools that have reportedly tried to woo him: Who hasn’t? In the last couple of years, Stevens has been the target of most major openings: Oregon, Wake Forest, Clemson, Illinois, UCLA and Minnesota to name a few.
Success level: Has brought the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011.
Mark Few, Gonzaga
Current status: His words and willingness to turn down big jobs have shown Few’s side of the commitment; Gonzaga has responded by locking him up through 2022.
Schools that have tried to woo him: He’s been pursued by schools like Indiana, Oregon and Arizona in the past, but at this point, Few has made it pretty clear: He’s not leaving Spokane.
Success level: Few has made Gonzaga a national brand, making NCAA tournament appearances an annual event (the Zags haven’t missed since Few took over in 1999) and helping Gonzaga notch its first No. 1 ranking and No. 1 seed in program history this year.
|Miami - LP: T. Koehler||5||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Scherzer||7|
|Arizona||5||Top 4th Inning|
|San Diego||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Arizona - R. Ray||5:40 PM|
|Colorado - J. Lyles|
|Cincinnati - M. Leake||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - G. Cole|
|NY Yankees - C. Sabathia||6:07 PM|
|Toronto - M. Buehrle|
|Philadelphia - J. Williams||6:10 PM|
|Atlanta - M. Foltynewicz|
|Baltimore - U. Jimenez||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - J. deGrom|
|Tampa Bay - A. Colome||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Masterson|
|Los Angeles - J. Wieland||7:10 PM|
|Milwaukee - W. Peralta|
|Cleveland - C. Carrasco||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - D. Duffy|
|Detroit - A. Simon||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - C. Sale|
|Oakland - S. Kazmir||7:10 PM|
|Minnesota - K. Gibson|
|Texas - C. Lewis||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Deduno|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Lester||7:15 PM|
|St. Louis - L. Lynn|
|Seattle - R. Elias||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson|
|LA Clippers||8:30 PM|
|NY Rangers||6:30 PM|
|Los Angeles||8:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|
Poll: Does it bother you that Tyus Jones chose Duke over Minnesota?