- John Gasaway, ESPN Insider
With Rutgers making it official and finally hiring Eddie Jordan, every major-conference head coaching position is now occupied -- at least for the moment. So it's high time to consider the top teams that will have rookie coaches in 2013-14. I'm including six major-conference programs plus New Mexico in my ratings for coaches in new gigs. Here's my ranking of those teams, including everything from a legitimate Sweet 16 threat to a couple of "Just wait until 2016" cases.
1. UCLA Bruins (Steve Alford)
New coach Steve Alford will navigate his first season in Westwood with a nucleus comprised of Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Travis and David Wear, Norman Powell and Tony Parker, as well as well as top-100 freshman Zach LaVine. Maybe that won't win you a national championship, but among Alford's peers who are rookie coaches, that's easily as good as it gets when it comes to core talent. (Just ask Eddie Jordan or Tubby Smith.)
John Gasaway ranks teams with new head coaches based on the amount of talent each new coach is inheriting. Steve Alford figures to be in good shape at UCLA, as he takes over a skilled and experienced roster.