A guide to the 2011-12 college hoops season

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Every year, the reigns of a program are handed over to a new coach after the last one was either fired or left. Last season was one for the record books, with about four dozen programs bringing in new bosses.

Here’s a few of the high-profile new hoops leaders:

Mike Anderson, Arkansas. The former Nolan Richardson protege had a solid run away from Fayetteville, putting up winning records at UAB and Missouri while taking his teams to the NCAA tournament six times in nine years. He brings hard-nosed experience and nostalgia to the Razorbacks.

Lon Kruger, Oklahoma. Jeff Capel did a nice job of helping the Sooners rebound from the Kelvin Sampson era, but the past couple of seasons were a struggle. In comes Kruger, the steady coach who’s had success pretty much everywhere he’s been, leading four different teams to the NCAA tournament.

Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee. The Vols were left in disarray after an NCAA investigation and Bruce’s Pearl’s admittance that he lied to investigators, which eventually led to his firing. Martin turned Missouri State into the Missouri Valley Conference’s top-scoring team with his frenetic offense, which should be a good fit for the Vols and the SEC.

Mark Turgeon, Maryland. For the first time since 1989, Gary Williams won’t be screaming and sweating through his suit in front of Maryland’s bench after retiring during the offseason. The Terps couldn’t lure Sean Miller away from Arizona, but found a pretty good one in Turgeon, who led Texas A&M to four straight NCAA tournament appearances before he left College Station.

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