SEC men’s basketball coaching changes: Evaluating the six hires

Coaching hires in college athletics are a bit like blue jean trends—what’s all the rage at one point in time might be considered hopelessly passé just a few years later. One day you wake up and your skinny jeans coach who looked so good when you purchased him has a losing record and has to go.

The SEC might be the ultimate follow-the-leader league in this regard. In football, the Nick Saban Assistant Trend has had a sustained run—with good reason, if not uniform success. (Kirby Smart, Jimbo Fisher and Lane Kiffin, yes. Jim McElwain, Will Muschamp and Jeremy Pruitt, no. Billy Napier, TBD.) In men’s basketball, the trends have been even more pronounced.