NCB On The Trail: Iowa State Cyclones

"What kind of job is it?"

"Can you win there?"

These are some of the most common questions college coaches ask themselves whenever a new head-coaching job becomes available.

Essentially, what they are really asking is, “Is it a good job?”

Some coaches would say any job is a good job, but those coaches are typically either naive or just a master of their craft, so they can win anywhere.

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AP Photo/Nati HarnikBob Huggins brought instant credibility to Kansas State in 2006, though he lasted just one season as coach.
For most people in the profession, the quality of a job correlates with the opportunity to win. There are a number of factors that contribute to the level of opportunity, not the least of which includes tradition, fan support, facilities, location and administrative support.

Most coaches in the profession also recognize that while winning is about more than just talent, talent is an absolute requirement, so it’s no coincidence that many of the aforementioned variables are also critical when it comes to recruiting.

To put it plainly, the “good jobs” are the ones that attract the biggest names in the coaching business and are annually able to effectively recruit the highest-caliber prospects.

So what if you’re a head coach and you don’t have a “good job?” If you’re not a big-name coach and don’t have the biggest budget or best fan support or most resources, what do you do to try to win?

Here are a few of the most successful strategies:

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The race is getting quite interesting for ESPN 100 forward Josh Cunningham. He had plans to make a decision this week but now will wait another week. Cunningham is going to take his last official visit to South Carolina this weekend. He told me last month that he likes coach Frank Martin because he is a top defensive coach and Cunningham likes to play defense.

Cunningham has taken official visits to Iowa State, Creighton, Oklahoma and Northwestern. He's also still considering Indiana, Bradley, DePaul and Minnesota.

It looks like he will make his announcement on April 18 so stay connected here with Recruiting Nation for all of the latest on his recruitment.

Biancardi’s Breakdown: Josh Cunningham 

February, 24, 2014

With our updated ESPN 100 rankings, uncommitted forward Josh Cunningham (Chicago/Morgan Park) earned his way to No. 99 with his productive performances against top competition. Last week his team lost in the Chicago Public League tournament, but he and his team start their state title run next month.

Let's take an in-depth look at his game and recruitment:

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