- John Gasaway, ESPN Insider
Twenty-five percent of the Big East's head coaches are new to their positions this season, with four programs bringing in new talent: The DePaul Blue Demons hired Oliver Purnell away from Clemson, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights tapped Robert Morris coach Mike Rice as their new man, the St. John's Red Storm lured former UCLA coach Steve Lavin away from his duties as an ESPN analyst and the Seton Hall Pirates brought in Iona head coach Kevin Willard.
These programs have all faced difficult times recently, of course, but the task facing these four new coaches is even more daunting than it first appears. And it can take time for teams to acclimate to new coaches. So should we be talking about the NCAA tournament for any of these squads? Turns out, we should.
John Gasaway looks at the four Big East teams with new coaches and evaluates the chances of each team getting into the NCAA Tournament quickly. Seton Hall appears to be the closest, but don't look past Steve Lavin and St. John's.