SCIENCE FICTION1. Bill Self (Kansas): Why would he leave? He's at Kansas, fercryinoutloud. 2. Billy Gillispie (Kentucky): Why would he leave? He's at Kentucky, fercryinoutloud.
WISHFUL THINKING1. Bob Knight (unattached): Would he want to coach in same league as his son? 2. Tubby Smith (Minnesota): Likely a huge buyout; not that it would be a problem. 3. Tony Bennett (Washington State): If not interested in Indiana, why OSU?
USUAL SUSPECTS1. Mark Few (Gonzaga): Previously turned down Indiana. Might never leave Spokane. 2. Jay Wright (Villanova): Forget it. He loves the City of Brotherly Love. 3. Rick Majerus (St. Louis): Quotable, but doesn't fit Holder's high health standards.
TOP CANDIDATES1. Anthony Grant (VCU): Jeff Capel's replacement is on everybody's wish list 2. Sean Miller (Xavier): A hot commodity, which explains a $2 million buyout. 3. Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt): Is said to be ready, willing and able to go elsewhere. 4. Chris Lowery (Southern Illinois): Gave Sean Sutton's his last loss as OSU coach. 5. Keno Davis (Drake): A head-coach designate who has panned out well.
WORTH PONDERING1. Lon Kruger (UNLV): Loves to golf; use Karsten Creek. 2. Mike Brey (Notre Dame): Program not as big as the name implies. 3. Dana Altman (Creighton): Turned down Arkansas, but worth a shot.
NOT HAPPENING1. Scott Sutton (ORU): Why would he work for the man who fired his older brother? 2. James Dickey (OSU assistant): A loyal lieutenant. It would be wise to retain him as assistant. 3. Leonard Hamilton (Florida State): Been here, done that. By John Rohde