Gregg Doyel continues to satisfy our need for juxtaposition and hierarchy in his recent rankings of college coaches. Coach Self finds himself in some pretty good company.
Rank Coach School Record Final Fours/Titles Skinny1 Mike Krzyzewski Duke 694-231 10/3 Has the numbers, plus Kobe likes him 2 Tubby Smith Kentucky 315-114 1/1 Wins big and clean in mammoth pressure 3 Jim Calhoun Connecticut 680-302 2/2 Getting better with age 4 Eddie Sutton Oklahoma State 755-292 3/0 Hello, Hall of Fame? Induct this guy now 5 Bob Knight Texas Tech 832-322 5/3 Like him or not, he can flat-out coach 6 Jim Boeheim Syracuse 676-234 3/1 Orange's sum always exceed its parts 7 Rick Pitino Louisville 416-154 4/1 Has Cardinals all the way back 8 Bill Self Kansas 231-114 0/0 Will go down as one of the all-time greats 9 Gary Williams Maryland 522-293 2/1 Could win 20 games with me at PG 10 Bo Ryan Wisconsin 98-55 0/0 His work with Badgers defies belief 11 Lute Olson Arizona 711-249 5/1 Has taken two schools to Final Four 12 Tom Izzo Michigan State 207-90 3/1 Enormous courtside presence 13 Rick Barnes Texas 343-192 1/0 Turned Texas into a basketball school 14 Roy Williams North Carolina 437-112 4/0 Next decade will be fun for UNC fans 15 Skip Prosser Wake Forest 232-107 0/0 Brilliant but humble 16 John Chaney Temple 708-283 0/0 Genius from another era
Now, given this particular moment in history, I'm not particularly in the mood to disagree with Doyel's positioning of Bill Self relative to Roy Williams, but I think that Doyel is a little off esteeming Rick Barnes so highly relative to Roy. Is Tubby #2? Maybe in Ashley Judd's book.