Who's Next?: A Sweet Sixteen Of Candidates

ShowMeMizzou.com takes a look at 16 potential candidates to become the new head basketball coach of the Missouri Tigers men's basketball program


ShowMeMizzou.con takes a look at our Sweet Sixteen if you will of potential coaching candidates to possibly take over the now vacant Missouri men's basketball job.

Some of these names have been mentioned already. Some are names we think deserve consideration.

Name: Brad Stevens
Age: 34
Current School: Butler
Head Coaching Record: 114-24


In his debut season in 2007-08, Stevens helped Butler become the first team in school and Horizon League history to record 30 wins!.  The 30-4 Bulldogs captured the Great Alaska Shootout, won a second consecutive Wooden Tradition trophy, and wrapped up Horizon League regular season and tournament championships.  Butler won a first-round NCAA Tournament game, before falling in overtime to #5 Tennessee in the second round.  The Bulldogs were ranked in the "Top 25" of the A. P. and ESPN/USA Today national polls for 19 consecutive weeks, including a record three weeks in the "Top 10."  Butler set school- and league-records for regular season wins (27) and became just the second team in league history to record 16 league victories.

Only three coaches in NCAA Division I history - Bill Guthridge, North Carolina (34), Bill Hodges, Indiana State (33) and Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh (31) - posted more first-year wins than the Butler coach.  And at 31, Stevens became the third-youngest Division I coach to guide his team to 30 wins - the youngest in more than half a century!

In addition to becoming the first men's basketball coach in Butler history to lead the Bulldogs to 30 wins, Stevens broke the 34-game Butler coaching record (28-6) shared by three coaches.  He moved into seventh place on Butler's all-time list for coaching victories after just one season.

Outlook: Stevens is the hottest young name in college basketball coaching circles. The early word is that Stevens will only leave Butler for one of the D1 schools in Indiana, Purdue or Indiana University, since he does not want to leave the state. Still, you have to at least make a run at him to find out.  He took Butler to the Final Four. What could he do at Mizzou? Throw big dollars his way and see what happens.


Name: Cuonzo Martin
Age: 39
Head Coaching Record: 61-40


Cuonzo (CON-zoe) Martin became Missouri State's 16th head men's basketball coach on April 1, 2008. He begins his third season with the Bears in 2010-11.

A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Martin was a star player at Purdue from 1991-95 for coach Gene Keady and then played four years professionally. He coached at Purdue for eight years under Keady and current Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter.

Martin played professional basketball for four years, with brief NBA appearances with the Milwaukee Bucks (twice) and Vancouver Grizzlies. He spent most of his playing time in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe. He was team captain and leading scorer for three seasons with the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Hoops and was the leading scorer for the Felize Scandone team in Avellino, Italy, in 1997.


Missouri State was 11-20 in Martin's first year in 2008-09, but was 9-8 at home, including a win over Arkansas in the home opener. During that inaugural head coaching campaign, the Bears ranked among the nation's top 20 most-improved programs in home attendance and finished 75th overall in attendance average. The Bears also boasted two Academic All-MVC performers, and three other individual MVC awards.

In 2009-10, the Bears finished 24-12, making them the fifth most-improved program in the nation with a 13-game turnaround in the win column. MSU won the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament and tied Kansas for the national Division I lead in home wins with 19.

His 2010-11 team finished 26-9

Martin was recently name one of 16 finalists for the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award- given to the top mid-major coach in Division I college basketball.

Outlook: Martin makes a lot of sense with his coaching background and local ties coming from East St. Louis (IL).Still considers East. St. Louis home. Instant upgrade for recruiting in St. Louis. If Painter stays at Purdue, you likely have Martin long term. His recruiting and coaching abilities are very good. He has great ties in St. Louis and with AAU coaches. However, his lack of making it to the NCAA tournament( although close this season) might be of concern to some. Still, I think he is a star waiting to happen in the right situation. You don't have to break the bank or be used as a negotiation ploy.


Name: Matt Painter
Age: 40
Head Coaching Record: 137-61 (Purdue,SIU-C)


With back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances, four-consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships and an international gold medal on his résumé, sixth-year head coach Matt Painter is regarded as one of the brightest and most-respected coaches in the college game.

In just five years, Painter has returned his alma mater to the ranks of the nation's elite, becoming one of only five schools in the country to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons. His work has earned him an international coaching appointment, and been roundly acknowledged by both his coaching peers and the media with a trophy case full of awards.

Entering the 2010-11 season, Painter owns a 137-61 record in six years as a head coach, while attaining a 112-56 mark at Purdue and a 52-34 record in the Big Ten. In addition to his on-court success, Painter has dedicated himself to developing student-athletes who represent their university with pride on college basketball's biggest stages.

Outlook: Painter's name was mentioned by someone with former ties to the basketball program. The likelihood of him leaving his Alma mater after having a successful run does not appear possible on the surface. Time will tell if this helps Painter negotiate a better contract.

Beyond those three, here are other names being thrown around early as potential candidates. A sweet sixteen of potential Missouri coaching candidates.

Mark Fox- Georgia- Made Mike Alden's short list before Anderson was hired.Currently makes 1.3 million. Has a 2 million dollar buyout before 2015

Anthony Grant- Alabama- Currently making 1.8 million at Alabama.Would Missouri finally get a talented big man? Can recruit.

Buzz Williams- Marquette- Another hot coaching name being mentioned with multiple schools, now including Missouri.  Was reportedly on Arkansas' short list along with Anderson.Reportedly an outstanding recruiter.

Kevin Stallings- Vanderbilt- St. Louis ties. Successful at tough school to coach at. If academics is going to be a key in looking for a new coach, Stallings fits the bill.

Dave Rose- BUY- Not sure how realistic he would be. Is riding a tide of recent success and headlines.

Josh Pastner- Memphis- Exciting young basketball coach with a bright future. Good recruiter and basketball mind.

Chris Mack- Xavier- Another talented young coach with strong recruiting background.

Brian Gregory- Dayton- Has a strong basketball background after coaching with Tom Izzo for years. Has turned down offers from Iowa and Boston College in recent years.

Chris Mooney- Richmond-Being mentioned as possible coaching candidate for multiple schools with openings. Mostly because of this years success.

Shaka Smart- VCU-Living large of this year's tourney success.

Gregg Marshall- Wichita State-Consistent winner over the years.

Ben Jacobson- Northern Iowa-Knows how to beat KU.

Randy Bennett- St. Mary's-Former SLU assistant is being mentioned as strong candidate for several jobs.

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