As Boston College begins its search for a new men's basketball head coach, it's somewhat constructive to take a look at the current state of the Division I head coaching job market. What other programs will Boston College be competing with when it comes to hiring its next coach?
Appalachian State Mountaineers, Sun Belt. Jason Capel is out in Boone, North Carolina after four seasons. The former Tar Heel posted a 53-70 record in four years, but went just 9-21 this past season. The Mountaineers will move from the SoCon to the Sun Belt on July 1, 2014. Appalachian State has made two NCAA Tournaments in program history in 1979 and 2000.
Bowling Green Falcons, MAC. Louis Orr had been the coach of the Falcons for the past seven sevens before being dismissed after this year's 12-20 season. Prior to his time at Bowling Green, Orr served as head coach at Siena and Seton Hall. The Falcons have been to the NCAA Tournament four times previously, but none as recently as 1968.
Delaware State Hornets, MEAC. Hornets coach Greg Jackson didn't even make it through the season after getting fired in January. Delaware State went 4-15 in Jackson's final season; his 14th with the program. Jackson finished one win shy of the school record and guided the Hornets to the program's only ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005.
Florida Atlantic Owls, Conference USA. Owls coach Mike Jarvis resigned after six years down in Boca. FAU compiled a 10-19 record overall and 5-9 in Conference USA before Jarvis stepped down with two games remaining. Jarvis' 18-year career as a head coach included stops at BU, George Washington, St. John's and Florida Atlantic. FAU won the Atlantic Sun back in 2002; the school's only ever NCAA Tournament appearance.
IUPUI Jaguars, Summit League. After posting back-to-back 6-26 seasons, Todd Howard is out after three years at the helm of the Jaguars. IUPUI has made one NCAA Tournament appearance in program history back in 2003.
Jacksonville Dolphins, Atlantic Sun. Cliff Warren is out after nine seasons in Jacksonville following a 12-18 record in 2013-14. The Dolphins have five NCAA Tournament appearances in program history -- including a Final Four in 1970 -- but hasn't been to the Dance since 1986.
Kennesaw Fighting Owls, Atlantic Sun. The Owls have parted ways with Lewis Preston after nine season. Kennesaw State has only been a member of Division I for nine seasons and has yet to post a winning record. The Owls won just 12 games in Preston's past three seasons (12-80).
Marshall Thundering Herd, Conference USA. After going just 22-41 over the past two seasons, Tom Herrion is out after four years as coach of the Thundering Herd. The Herd has been to the NCAA Tournament five times, but hasn't been Dancing in over 25 years.
MD-Eastern Shore Fighting Hawks, MEAC. Frankie Allen is out after six seasons in which he had very little success. Allen never won more than 11 games in a season as coach at UMES. The Hawks have yet to make the NCAA Tournament.
Montana State Bobcats, Big Sky. Brad Huse lasted eight season before getting fired following a 14-17 campaign. Huse got the Bobcats above .500 just once in 2009-10 during his tenure. The Bobcats have appeared in three NCAA Tournaments but have yet to notch a victory in the tournament.
Rice Owls, Conference USA. The Owls limped to a 5-23 record this season, prompting the school to part ways with six-year coach Ben Braun. The long-time Eastern Michigan and Cal coach managed just one postseason appearance at Rice -- a CIT quarterfinals appearance following a 17-15 (8-8 CUSA) year. Rice has been to the tournament four times, but not since 1970.
South Dakota Coyotes, Summit League. Long-time head coach Dave Boots retired earlier this year and it looks like the program won't be keeping interim coach Joey James. The Coyotes are a relative newcomer to the ranks of Division I, having competed in the Summit League for just two years. South Dakota has a solid track record at the Division II level, including a National title in 1958, but hasn't won more than 10 games in a season since joining the Summit League.
South Florida Bulls, American. Stan Heath was let go following six seasons in Tampa. Three seasons ago, Heath had the Bulls at 22-13, 12-6 Big East; including USF's first NCAA Tournament appearance as a member of the Big East. Heath has since followed that up with back-to-back 12-19 seasons, including a 3-15 mark in conference play. A 3-15 mark in the old Big East is a slightly more forgiving mark than 3-15 in the American. USF has previously made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1990, 1992 and 2012.
Southeastern Louisiana Lions, Southland. Three straight losing seasons prompted a change in Hammond as Jim Yarbrough is out after nine years with the program. SE Louisiana played in the NCAA Tournament just once, losing to Oklahoma State 63-50 in the 2005 NCAA Tournament.
Tennessee State Tigers, Ohio Valley. The Tigers finished just 5-25 this season and failed to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. That was enough for the school to part ways with coach Travis Williams after just two seasons in Nashville. Williams was hired after Tennessee State lost coach John Cooper to Miami (Ohio), who was hired by none other than then Miami AD Brad Bates. The Tigers have appearance in two NCAA Tournaments in 1993 and 1994.
NC-Wilmington Seahawks, Colonial. Buzz Peterson is out after four straight losing seasons in Wilmington. The Seahawks program has pumped out some notable players (John Calipari, Todd Lickliter) and coaches (Brad Brownell, Frank Haith, Jerry Wainwright) throughout the years and isn't too far removed from arguably the most successful stretch of basketball in school history. UNC-W has made four NCAA Tournament appearances in school history -- all in the early-to-mid 2000s (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006).
Virginia Tech Hokies, ACC. The only team in the ACC worse than Boston College this year was Virginia Tech (it wasn't particularly close either). James Johnson only lasted two years with the Hokies after turning in back-to-back last place finishes in the conference. Virginia Tech's new AD Whit Babcock is used to fielding NCAA Tournament-caliber hoops teams during his time at Cincinnati and has made installing his coach as a first order of business.
Washington State Cougars, PAC-12. After five seasons in Pullman, Ken Boone is out as head coach of the Cougars. Bone was 80-86 in five seasons at Washington State but just 23-40 over the past two seasons -- including a dismal 10-21 (3-15 Pac-12) campaign in 2013-14. The Cougars have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments in program history, posting an all-time record of 6-6.
Basically, the Boston College opening looks pretty, prettty, pretttty good right now when held up against the other Division I openings at the moment. Obviously this can change over the next few weeks, but Bates couldn't have timed the head coaching market any better than he has by parting ways with Donahue this offseason.