LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Over the last five weeks, ESPN has been gradually releasing their countdown of the top 50 coaches in college basketball. It is no surprise that a couple of coaches in the bluegrass state made an appearance high on that list.
Both John Calipari and Rick Pitino made the top five. The Kentucky coach came in at number 2 on the list while Louisville’s Pitino ranked number 5. Beating out both of them for the top spot is Coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators.
A couple of familiar faces are on the list as well. Former UK coach, Tubby Smith, and current Texas Tech coach came in at number 39. Former UofL assistant and son of Cardinal coach Rick Pitino, Richard Pitino, just made the cut at number 49. Richard Pitino is the head coach at Minnesota.
As there is with any list, ESPN’s Top 50 Coaches has left off some names that make some use the word, “snub”. The most notable local ‘snub’ is Indiana’s Tom Crean. The Hoosier’s coach would have likely made the list last season but after his team’s disappointing season that resulted in no post-season play, he just missed the cut.
Another coach from the state of Kentucky is listed as just having missed the cut. Murray State’s Steve Prohm is noted as a coach that just missed the list and is certainly worth an honorable mention.
To see ESPN’s full list of the Top 50 Coaches click here.