Another offseason, another coaching search. Such has been the way of the world around Tennessee athletics. Tennessee basketball, just a year removed from a Sweet 16 appearance, is now looking for its third coach in a year after Donnie Tyndall was fired Friday during an early morning meeting with Dave Hart.
If the Vols want a proven coach, they’re going to have to start investing more money in their basketball program. For the 2013-14 season, Tennessee ranked 74th nationally, and 13th in the SEC, in spending on hoops. Donnie Tyndall’s contract averaged $1.6 million annually and former head coach Cuonzo Martin was offered a contract in the $1.8 million range before leaving for California.
Tennessee will need to both move quickly and make the right hire to avoid basketball futility for the next few years. Here are a few names to watch in the coming days and a few that Vol fans constantly reference.