With many NCAA Basketball coaches moving around, we need to take a quick look at the betting landscape and understand where things are at in the state of Futures bets & sports picks.
Hurley = Coaching
We are finding out quickly that the art of coaching is in the blood in the Hurley family. Bob Hurley Sr. is in the Naismith Hall of Fame due to his coaching at St. Anthony's High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Hurley could have been a professional coach, but decided to stay loyal to his roots. As we know, his son, Dan Hurley, has taken a Rhode Island team and turned them into a legitimate winning program.
Bobby Hurley - Arizona State
The NCAA's leader of all time in assists and 2 time champion at Duke has decided to take up coaching. He was an assistant for his brother Dan at Wagner and Rhode Island and then decided to take the leap to the University of Buffalo where Hurley led his team to an actual invitation to the Big Dance after just 2 seasons. Hurley is looking to advance in his coaching career and has taken on the job at Arizona State. Recruiting due to his name and his ability to teach will make him and the Sun Devils a contender soon enough.
Chris Mullin - St. John's
This is the biggest move of the off-season in my opinion as Chris Mullin was a standout at St.John's in the early 80's, was an NBA player and hall of famer and a Dream Team Member.
Mullin brings star power and will be a magnet to the New York City area where recruiting is concerned. He's already picked up a couple of recruits and transfers and he has had the job for just 10 days! Mullin also takes away a good assistant coach and recruiter from John Calipari. The desire to play for Chris Mullin will make St. John's a national contender in a hurry and you can remember where you heard that; right here.
Rick Barnes - Tennessee
This is definitely a drop down for an established coach. Barnes has won over 600 games, but was fired by the Texas Longhorns. Other accomplishments to Barnes' credit is a trip to the Final Four and multiple trips to the Elite 8. The guy is actually too good for the job, but he latched on to the first opportunity presented his way.From a different perspective, this will make Tennessee a contender in the SEC Conference.
Shaka Smart - Texas
Smart is an up and comer and it's easy to see why the Longhorns went with youth. Smart has taken the VCU Rams to 5 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and has posted a 163-56 record. This guy isn't even 40 years old and will draw recruits from around the nation. He doesn't have the playing career of Chris Mullin or Bobby Hurley, but for the immediate time period, this may have been the best hiring for the 2015-2016 NCAA Basketball Season.
Matt McCall - Chattanooga
He might sound like an unknown, but when you're associated with Billy Donovan of the University of Florida, you're around a coach who is a title contender every year and has actually won 2 National Championships. McCall will take that experience with him as the Gators made it to the Final Four and 2 Elite 8's when he was there. McCall, at just 33 years of age, missed the championships with players such as Joakim Noah, but he learned from one of the best coaches in the game and that experienced gained is invaluable.