Commentary

What's in store for Alabama & Georgia? A look at how recent hires have fared

Originally Published: February 9, 2009
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN.com
Somewhere in Athens, Ga., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., there is a room full of people who are looking to hit the next home run in college basketball. Who is the next Thad Matta, John Thompson III, Ben Howland or Jamie Dixon? How do they, Alabama and Georgia, land one of them to be their new men's basketball coach? In order to accurately examine the hiring process and the expectations that follow, we must look at past years and accurately assess which teams have done the best and worst jobs of finding their next head coach.

To be fair, Alabama and Georgia are similar, but not the same. Additionally both teams are far from cellar dwellers traditionally, but, in the SEC, they are also not Kentucky. Thus, they must be realistic in their expectations, but not settle to simply win the news conference.