NCB On The Trail: Vanderbilt Commodores

"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:

Weekly commitment update

March, 14, 2014
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ACC

Notre Dame
Matt Farrell SG
HT: 6-2 | WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Big Ten

Iowa
Trey Dickerson PG
HT: 6-2 | WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior college

Brandon Hutton
HT: 6-6 | WT: 205
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Purdue
P.J. Thompson PG
HT: 5-10 | WT: 155
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Big 12

Texas Tech
Devaugntah Williams PG
HT: 6-4 | WT: Not listed
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior college

Justin Jamison PF
HT: 6-9 | WT: 240
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Junior college

MAC

Buffalo
Bobby Frasco SF
HT: 6-5 | WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Mountain West

Air Force
Dane Norman PF
HT: 6-7 | WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Pac-12

Arizona
Dusan Ristic C
HT: 7-0 | WT: 240
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 15
Stars: 4

SEC

South Carolina
Shamiek Sheppard SF
HT: 6-6 | WT: 225
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: Post-Grad
Stars: 2

Vanderbilt
Jeff Roberson SF
HT: 6-6 | WT: 195
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 47
Stars: 3

Southland

Central Arkansas
Jordan Howard PG
HT: 5-10 | WT: 150
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

Thatch Unruh SG
HT: 6-4 | WT: Not listed
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation pending

ESPN 100 PF Damian Jones to VU 

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Last season, Vanderbilt won the Southeastern Conference tournament. It mattered to Louisiana native Damian Jones.

"Coach [Kevin] Stallings has been at Vandy 14 years and he has been successful. I notice that," Jones said.

Jones committed to Vanderbilt on his official visit. His only other visit was to Oklahoma.

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