Rank 'Em: 10 best coaching hires this offseason

Rank 'Em: 10 best coaching hires this offseason

The coaching carousel continues to spin this offseason with multiple jobs still open. The 10 best hires so far, according to our college basketball writer:

1. Nate Oats, Alabama

Alabama is already seeing return on its investment with both Kira Lewis and John Petty opting to return to Tuscaloosa. Two wins already for Oats.

2. Buzz Williams, Texas A&M

Rumors of Williams, who has a 253-155 record and 10 of 12 winning seasons, to A&M started as soon as it broke Billy Kennedy was on his way out.

3. Fred Hoiberg, Nebraska

Hoiberg has to completely rebuild the Cornhuskers' roster, but his preference for transfers in recruiting should help in the early stages of his new gig.

4. T.J. Otzelberger, UNLV

Three years, 70 wins and two NCAA tournament appearances leading South Dakota State got him the UNLV job.

5. Scott Cross, Troy

Back-to-back 20-win seasons at UT-Arlington got Cross fired at his alma mater. Somehow. After a year as an assistant at TCU, he's back running a program.

6. Patrick Beilein, Niagara

There was another Beilein that went from Division II Le Moyne to a Division I job and was pretty successful. Purple Eagles are counting on a repeat.

7. Eric Musselman, Arkansas

Musselman leaving Nevada wasn't exactly a surprise given it was kind of an end of an era. Razorbacks will see if his transfer-heavy approach works in the SEC.

8. Ron Hunter, Tulane

The Green Wave are in need of a little more success having gone 24-69 under Mike Dunleavy Sr. Hunter had six 20-win seasons in eight years at Georgia State.

9. Mike Young, Virginia Tech

It's not a reach for the Hokies — Young is a veteran coach with 299 career wins — but it's to be determined if he can repeat his Wofford magic in Blacksburg.

10. Bryan Mullins, SIU

Barry Hinson pulled the Salukis out of the MVC basement, but couldn't get over the NCAA tourney hump. Mullins represents a callback to a successful era.

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