It’s usually safe to say there’s never a dull moment in College Park.
Of course, CP is downright bland compared to all that’s gone on in Arizona’s basketball program the last few years.
Maybe the end of the zaniness is near for the Wildcats now that Lute Olsonis retiring. Unquestionably, his status was one of the strangest aspects of college basketball in the last year or so.
Interestingly, it elevated Maryland coach Gary Williams to the fourth-longest tenure among major-conference coaches. Only Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun are ahead of him.
The next two on the power conference list: Tom Izzo and Billy Donovan. Checking in at 12 years apiece are Boston College’s Al Skinner and Oregon’s Ernie Kent – proof you can hang around a place for a while without winning a national title.
Here’s the rundown of Division I coaches with 12 or more consecutive years at their current school, with the upcoming season included in the total – a list that includes about one in 10 of all head coaches nationally.
33: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse
31: Dave Bike, Sacred Heart
29: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke
27: Don Maestri, Troy
26: Tom Green, Fairleigh Dickinson
25: Greg Kampe, Oakland
23: Rick Byrd, Belmont; Jim Calhoun, Connecticut; Ron “Fang” Mitchell, Coppin State; Vann Pettaway, Alabama A&M
21: Bob Thomason, Pacific
20: Bob McKillop, Davidson; Gary Williams, Maryland
19: Dave Loos, Austin Peay
16: Kirk Speraw, Central Florida
15: Dana Altman, Creighton; Ron Hunter, IUPUI; Rick Scruggs, Gardner-Webb; Dennis Wolf, Boston University
14: Tom Izzo, Michigan State; Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s; Scott Nagy, South Dakota State; Fran O’Hanlon, Lafayette
13: Eddie Biedenbach, UNC Asheville; Bobby Braswell, Cal State Northridge; Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio); Billy Donovan, Florida
12: Pat Douglass, UC Irvine; Ernie Kent, Oregon; Jim Larranaga, George Mason; Bob Marlin, Sam Houston State; Al Skinner, Boston College; Jimmy Tillette, Samford