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.
Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
Current status: The Wichita State coach got a $100,000 raise in 2011, which brought his salary to $900,000 a year and keeps him around until 2018.
Schools that have tried to woo him: Marshall’s name has been discussed in conversations about the USC, UCLA and Gophers job openings this year, but his team is still playing. On Friday he said: “I’m not a jumper. I’m very content at Wichita State.”
Success level: Next weekend, the Shockers will be going to the Final Four for the first time since 1965.
|Washington||1||Top 3rd Inning|
|Philadelphia||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Toronto||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Cincinnati||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Tampa Bay||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Chicago WSox - J. Danks||1:10 PM|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey|
|Detroit - A. Sanchez||1:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Guthrie|
|Seattle - J. Happ||1:10 PM|
|Houston - R. Hernandez|
|Pittsburgh - V. Worley||1:15 PM|
|St. Louis - M. Wacha|
|Milwaukee - J. Nelson||1:20 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Hammel|
|Oakland - S. Gray||2:05 PM|
|Texas - Y. Gallardo|
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||3:05 PM|
|San Francisco - T. Lincecum|
|Colorado - K. Kendrick||3:10 PM|
|San Diego - J. Shields|
|Arizona - C. Anderson||3:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - B. Anderson|
|NY Yankees - A. Warren||7:05 PM|
|Boston - J. Kelly|
|Washington||46||2nd Qtr 2:52|
|Tampa Bay||5:00 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City|
|New York City|
Poll: Does it bother you that Tyus Jones chose Duke over Minnesota?