We’re in an interesting spot right now in the ACC where we have 4 Hall of Fame coaches leaving their post in the next 1-5 years. This seems to be a really connected board - who do you think will be their replacements?
These are my guesses:
Dream: Brad Stevens
Reality: Jeff Capel / Jon Scheyer
Comment: Beyond those guys, there is a slew of former Duke guards (Hurley / Amaker / Wojo / etc.) who have been decent college coaches that it’d be hard for them to go outside the Coach K family.
Dream: Billy Donovan
Reality: Chris Beard / Brad Underwood
Comment: Once upon a time, Shaka Smart would have been the coveted choice. Now, I think Beard would be a home run.
Dream: Nate Oats
Reality: Mike Hopkins / Gerry McNamara / Pitino Jr.
Comment: Back in the day, Mike Hopkins was a lock. But now, I’d imagine Syracuse fans are ready for something other than zone, so Nate Oats could bring his magic back to Western NY. But is Syracuse a better job than Alabama?
Dream: Leonard Hamilton
Reality: Stan Jones / Scott Sutton
Comment: Can he coach until he’s 100? He sure seems like he can. But maybe he has to. Not sure if there’s a real good replacement in the pipeline for him.
Dream: Monty Williams / Chris Beard
Reality: Chris Quinn / one of those Duke guys
Comment: I know Brey isn’t really a HOF coach, but he’s due to be replaced so I tossed him in here. I’d imagine that Jon Scheyer would be a great fit due to his Chicago connections and he might be the best of the Duke guards as coaches, but doesn’t have enough seniority to win the job at Duke.
Anyone have comments or better thoughts? Regardless, I’m glad we have Tony Bennett locked for the time being!