Over at ESPN Insider, Goodman polled two-thirds of Division 1 college basketball coaches on who they thought was the Best X’s and O’s coaches in the game. He ranked the top 25 based on their results, and included a quote about each coach from one of their colleagues. Where did Cal end up? In a tie for 16th with Boston College’s Steve Donahue and Gonzaga’s Mark Few. Josh Pastner, Cal’s successor at Memphis, had this to say about him: “His teams are great defensively, great rebounding and his teams win close games.”
I don’t think anyone would argue with that. Here’s how some of Cal’s colleagues fared:
1. Tom Izzo
3. Rick Pitino
4. Bill Self
7. Coach K
8. Billy Donovan
10. Kevin Stallings
T14. Tom Crean
Goodman included Stallings’ quote about Billy Donovan, which is classic Kevin Stallings:
“He’s the most well-prepared coach in our league on a game-by-game basis, year-after-year in my opinion.”
There’s no denying Donovan is a good coach, but ole Bill Dauterive just couldn’t help but phrase it in that manner, could he? There’s nothing Stallings loves more than getting in a passive aggressive dig at John Calipari. Except maybe tacos.
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