I know we’re all biased, but when you think of the best college coaching jobs in the country, Kentucky has to at least be in the top three, right?
Mike DeCourcy doesn’t think so. On Tuesday, he wrote an article ranking the best college coaching jobs in the country. Kentucky came in at…number four.
1. NORTH CAROLINA. How many kids in America wouldn’t take Carolina’s call?
2. UCLA. The location and tradition are incredible, but agents prowling the region threaten to knock this one down the list.
3. TEXAS. There’s so much talent and money – and minimal pressure to win it all. What more could a coach want?
4. KENTUCKY. Perhaps more than any other program, Kentucky makes certain there is life beyond basketball for those who prove themselves to be committed Wildcats.
5. OHIO STATE. The Buckeyes earned the 2011 NCAA Tournament No. 1 overall seed with a rotation featuring six in-state recruits.
6. INDIANA. This state produced Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Gordon Hayward for others, but the best are starting to join the Hoosiers again.
7. KANSAS. If getting talent weren’t such a chore, KU would fight UNC for the top spot.
8. DUKE. With Mike Krzyzewski, Duke is the country’s most powerful program. What will it be when he retires?
9. MARYLAND. The area they’re now calling the DMV–D.C./Maryland/Northern Virginia–might be the country’s richest talent mine.
10. ARIZONA. The brand name Lute Olson established makes this program a factor with nearly every player west of the Rockies.
#4?! Behind UCLA and Texas?? Sure, our fans are passionate, and some may call the job a pressure cooker, but hey, it’s Kentucky. Would you turn that down to go to Texas and play second fiddle to football? DeCourcy says he used access to talent, tradition, support from the community and campus, and facilities as his criteria. What’s missing off that list? Recent success, which DeCourcy says shouldn’t be part of the measuring stick (still scratching my head on that one).
It’s mid-morning. Let’s debate. How do you rank the best college jobs in the country?