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.
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||1|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||3|
|Toronto - WP: S. Delabar||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski||2|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||11||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Smyly||6|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||0|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Lackey||4|
|NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. McGee||11|
|Seattle - LP: Y. Medina||4||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Cishek||8|
|Chicago WSox - LP: F. Paulino||0||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||12|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||5|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Pettibone||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood||12|
|Houston - LP: J. Cosart||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||11|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Cain||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: T. Ross||2|
|Arizona - WP: J. Thatcher||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Perez||2|