Two jobs taken care of, and Bob Hoffman can relax and recruit a bit.
Of course, now we have to wait and see who Tennessee and Missouri hire, and if there's any degree of separation or opening at other schools.
The guess here is that there won't be. Probably not.
Gregg Marshall is not leaving Wichita State for Tennessee.
Nothing that's happened in the past few seasons gives any indication that such a move would be anything but lateral at best, for all sorts of clear and obvious reasons.
Among those shots-in-the-dark media candidates: Colorado's Tad Boyle, Belmont's Rick Byrd, Xavier's Chris Mack, Dayton's Archie Miller, Minnesota's Richard Pitino Southern Miss's Donnie Tyndall, Louisiana Tech's Mike White, UMass's Derek Kellogg, and Brad Underwood at Stephen F. Austin.
It's a tough gig.
Cuonzo Martin was all but run out of town after barely missing the Elite Eight,
Bruce Pearl's first three seasons: 77-24.
Martin's three seasons at UT: 63-41.
Of course, Martin was at UT because of Pearl's misdeeds, not because Pearl did so great and moved on. The Vols were 19-15/8-8 in Pearl's last year and 19-15/10-6 in Martin's first.
UT silliness led to today. As MrSEC.com notes, Jerry Green won 71 percent of the time at Tennessee and was fired after reaching the NCAA tournament for Buzz Peterson - who had one year, albeit a good one at (wait for it) Tulsa.
You don't fire a successful guy for one who had one good year.
Four years and two games over .500 later, Peterson was dumped for Pearl, who had already had issues. As an assistant at Iowa, he taped a call with a big recruit he lost to prove the kid took a car and money from Illinois. Which, one would assume, outbid Iowa.
But Green was pushed out because, well, personality conflicts and general program delusions of grandeur. He was 89-36, lowest win total was 20-9 his first year.
He wasn't as cuddly as Pearl, but won 71.2 percent to Pearl's 70.4 percent.
Tennessee basketball isn't stable, hasn't had two coaches last more than five seasons since the late 1970s: Don DeVoe and Pearl. In between, there was Wade Houston (65-90, 5 seasons), Kevin O'Neill (36-47, 3 seasons), Green and Peterson.
People in charge: *sigh.*
If it were that good, there would be sustained success. When it happens, a coach gets run off or gets in trouble.
Missouri is a better job, despite equal delusion. But take Norm Stewart out of the equation, and the Tigers are, what, Clemson?
Stewart won 65.6 percent of his games in 32 seasons. Only Quin Snyder - QUIN SNYDER - has made it more than five seasons since Stewart retired.
Snyder: 126-91, 5.9 seasons; Melvin Watkins, 2-5 as interim when Andrew McCarthy's brother got fired; Mike Anderson, 111-57, 5 seasons, and Haith.
The Tigers were middlin' before hiring Stewart - although there was some program stability with only two coaches from 1926-1962 - and decent since but not stable.
Anderson left for Arkansas and Frank Haith for Tulsa. Interesting decisions, yes?
The Razorbacks have been just another team since Nolan Richardson left in 2002. This was their first 20-win season since 2007-08, the first year of John Pelphrey's four-year run, which followed Stan Heath's five-year run.
Haith had a good record - amazing how stories keep saying that the Tigers "got worse", which is true, but sounds worse than it was - but clearly his baggage overshadowed that. There were giggles that Haith was leaving before he added to the baggage. That he had so many transfers was a negative.
Give him credit for recognizing whatever there was to recognize and leaving.
Now, why Tulsa would be interested?
Why would they triple the salary for a guy who has not inspired at either previous head coaching position? No idea.
Folks in Tulsa are befuddled. Folks in Missouri are happy. And the man in my living room is shaking his head.
Such are coaching searches and inexplicable decision-making from coaches and people in charge.
Missouri's early candidates are few, but will include future SEC coach Mike White at Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin's Brad Underwood.
Until further notice, they are on all major-program lists.
As for Hoffman, he'll enter the 2014-15 season with the No. 1 or 2 team in the Southern Conference, with Wofford. The Terriers, it should be noted, have only one senior from the 20-13 team that finished tied for third but won the tournament.
The Terriers have made the NCAAs three of the past five years. The Southern Conference was not in any form or fashion dominated by Davidson as perceived.
Should be a nifty race. Of course, will Hoffman and Wofford's Mike Young be around for a rerun in 2015-16?
Let's wait until the searches of 2014 end before even thinking that far ahead.
AROUND MIDDLE GEORGIA
Ouch: Flagler scored five runs in its final at-bat to knock off Georgia College 6-4 in the Peach Belt Conference softball tournament quarterfinals.
The Bobcats dropped to 34-15, and now have to sweat out getting an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament. ...
Interesting: Rock Hill and Winthrop will host the SIAC outdoor track meet this week. The closest conference school: Benedict in Columbia, about 65 miles away. ...
As of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, some Warren Nolan.com RPIs:
No. 1 Florida: hosts Mercer in a few weeks
No. 30 Mercer: and all of about 100 people took in Saturday's doubleheader. The weather wasn't great, wasn't bad.
No. 31 Georgia Tech: visits Mercer on Tuesday.
No. 42 High Point: Mercer opened the season with a sweep.
No. 46 Georgia: The Bulldogs should be back on Mercer's schedule next season.
No. 52 Auburn: Swept Mercer, is four games over .500.
No. 163 Georgia State: Better enjoy that Mercer win.
No. 193 Notre Dame: Wow, ranked below Fairfield, Valpo and Houston Baptist? Weren't the Irish, like, good not long ago?
No. 302 New York Tech: Is 1-33. The one? Long Island, which has a winning record. NYT has had eight games canceled or postponed so far.