The 500 club (and ties to Illinois)

The 500 club (and ties to Illinois)

Tubby Smith is one of 20 active Division I coaches with at least 500 wins. A look at the group (win total through Monday) and their relationship to Illinois:
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke (941) —  Rumored to have bought land in Mahomet during ‘96 coaching search
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse    (904) — Had the pleasure of working hand-in-hand with Nancy Cantor
Bob Huggins, West Virginia    (717) — His smack-talkin’ Bearcats were no match for the Illini in ‘04 NCAA tourney
Roy Williams, North Carolina    (685) —    If he had stayed at Kansas, maybe Bill Self wouldn’t have left
Jerry Slocum, Youngstown State    (664) —    Took over Penguins one week after Illini’s title-game loss in ‘05
Bo Ryan, Wisconsin    (662) —    Owned Bruce Weber (10-4) once Dee Brown left campus
Rick Byrd, Belmont   (648) —    Has been to more NCAA tournaments since ‘06 (five) than the Illini (four)
Mike Montgomery, California    (644) —    Mentioned as a candidate at Illinois after Kruger and Self bolted
Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina    (639) —    As versatile as Loren Tate: a musician, author, gourmet cook and ostrich farmer    
Rick Pitino, Louisville    (642) —    Who can forget Roger Powell’s putback dunk in the ‘05 national semifinals?
Larry Hunter, Western Carolina    (622) —    Like John Groce, he did good things at Ohio (204 wins)
Ben Braun, Rice    (606) —    New Trier grad and Chicago native grew up rooting for Illini
John Beilein, Michigan    (582) —    No. 2 Wolverines could be 19-0 when they visit Champaign on Jan. 27
Stew Morrill, Utah State    (576) —    Morrill giving Groce a run for Coach of the Year (13-1)    
Rick Barnes, Texas    (552) —    Lou Henson went 2-0 vs. Ohio State when Barnes was an assistant in 1986-87
Dave Bike, Sacred Heart    (523) —    Groce would have to stay in C-U through 2047 to match Bike’s one-school run (35 years)
John Calipari, Kentucky    (514) —    Lost the last time he coached at the Assembly Hall (2003, Memphis)
Lon Kruger, Oklahoma    (504) —     When he lived in southwest Champaign, Coach had a gym in his house
Tubby Smith, Minnesota    (504) —    Like Illinois, hasn’t advanced to second weekend of NCAAs since ‘05
Jim Larranaga, Miami    (500) —    Has been to a Final Four more recently than the Illini (‘06 with George Mason)

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martin23 wrote on January 09, 2013 at 12:01 am

I think that Coach Henson's 779 wins should have been added to this list just out of respect and for comparison.

Moonpie wrote on January 09, 2013 at 9:01 am

What a nothing column--really, Coach K bought land? And how about dropping the barely concealed hatred of Cantor. There is always this desperation from the Sleepy Gazoo to somehow link Illinois to something big, no matter how ridiculously pathetic and weak the link is.



Piemoon wrote on January 09, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Sleepy Gazoo reference. Unsolicited vitriol. Bang. Pow. Batman sounds.

Sounds like another ridiculously pathetic and weak comment by Moonpie again. Have I barely concealed my hatred for you?