Posted: 1:59 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Athlon apparently ranked the top coaches in the country, and ranked Coach K third, behind Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino. John Calipari and Bill Self round out the Top Five.
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The Syracuse paper wonders if Jim Boeheim (#6) is ranked too low (you can vote).
We’d start off by ranking multiple title winners highest. That would start with Coach K, Roy Williams, Rick Pitino and Billy Donovan. Donovan is arguable; he’s been inconsistent since winning back-to back titles at Florida. Since Coach K has four titles and the all-time winningest record, plus two Olympic titles, it’s hard to argue that anyone’s better.
So let’s go with this:
We’ve never understood why McKillop doesn’t pop up in more big-name searches. He’s most famous for Stephen Curry’s time at Davidson, but he’s so much more than that. He’s consistently taken on schools like Duke, Kansas, UCLA and others and won his share with less talent and almost always on the road. The guy is a superb coach.
Ask yourself this question: given equal talent and resources, how many of the other coaches on this list could you count on to defeat McKillop’s team? He already competes with the best coaches in the nation with considerably less talent.
You could reasonably compare his career to Beilein’s, except that Beilein pursued bigger jobs. McKillop is happy at Davidson.