There has been much controversy and debate over a local Kentucky sports writer's column on a national sports page. Matt Jones who runs KentuckySportsRadio.com got a chance to travel and report for CBSSports.com. After attending the Louisville, Depaul game in Chicago this past weekend, it inspired him to write an article bashing his teams former coach Rick Pitino. He wrote how Pitino is a mere shell of his former self and has basically fallen out of relevance when it comes to top college basketball coaches. Now Rick was King of the Hill in his days at Kentucky during the 90's and is no longer top of the pops. But he is still very relevant in his profession.
As a writer for L YES! I also run another sports website WIDESPREAD SPORTS which covers local and national sporting news. We decided to rank the top 10 coaches over the last 5 years based on where there teams finished in the NCAA tournament. We came up with a mathematical formula to rank the coaches with out being bias or including our own opinion, and we wanted to share it with the readers of L YES! Here is the key to how the coaches were scored.
Won National Title = 10pts National Champion Runner Up = 8pts Final Four = 6pts
Elite Eight = 4pts Sweet Sixteen = 2pts First Round Advance = 1 Point Didn't Make Tourney = -2
Let's now see how this list shakes out. There are a few surprises, but overall things look pretty consistent with the current state of college basketball. If you have any comments about the list we have put together you can let you voice be heard by visiting out webpage WIDESPREAD SPORTS and becoming a fan of ours on facebook
(number next to the coaches names represent the number of points the coaches scored)
7-Rick Pitino -13
- No Surprise at #1 Roy Williams has won 2 National Titles
- Tom Izzo and Ben Howland have been nothing but consistent in the NCAA tournament
- Billy Donovan has had a rough past few years but won back to back National Titles, though is stock is falling
- Rick Pitino in at #7 proves he truly isn't washed up and is still a very good coach
- Bruce Pearl just barley makes the list by making 3 sweet 16's n the last 5 years, one with Milwaukee
- Coach John Calipari misses being on the list because of a stripped appearance in the National Title, but is rapidly climbing this list.
- Coach K I think would normally be listed as a top 10 coach, just not based on his last 5 years in the ncaa tournament