Notable: On Monday, the Tulsa World Herald reported Sutton interviewed with Nebraska in Atlanta. The son of legendary former head coach Eddie Sutton, Scott has made the NCAA Tournament three times in his 13 seasons with the Golden Eagles. The brother to current Oklahoma head coach Sean Sutton, Scott is the all-time wins leader at Oral Roberts. He's been linked to other jobs in the past, but nothing as big as the Big Ten. Sutton is also believed to be a candidate for the Tulsa job.
Notable: This season was the year Marshall finally had everything click for his team, winning a regular season Missouri Valley Conference title. He inherited a program which went 11-20 in his first year, but has improved in all five seasons. In 2009, they went to the second round of the CBI. In 2010, it was a first round loss in the NIT. Last year, the Shockers beat Alabama in the NIT Championship game to finish 29-8 overall. Marshall should be one of the most highly sought after mid-major coaches this offseason and is likely to get a run from South Carolina. Marshall is a native of Greenwood, South Carolina. Currently he makes as much as Doc Sadler made, so a big pay raise would likely be in order.
Currently: UW-Milwaukee (Horizon)
Age: 55 Salary: $400,000 (reportedly) Career Record: 121-103
Notable: Last week, Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star reported Nebraska had contact with Jeter shortly after Milwaukee's loss in the CBI Tournament. The nephew of former Husker All-American football product Tony Jeter, Rob would be Nebraska's first African-American head coach. Jeter replaced Bruce Pearl at Milwaukee in 2005, leading the Panthers to the a 22-9 record and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Year two and three weren't as kind (23-38), as many of Pearl's upperclassmen graduated and left Jeter with a very young team. Before his time with the Panthers, he was on Bo Ryan's staff at Wisconsin, helping the Badgers get to the Sweet Sixteen twice and to the Elite Eight. Last year, he was listed as a candidate for the Miami job.
Notable: The former Creighton head coach has a good thing going in Eugene. In his second season, Oregon is currently in the third round of the NIT with a 24-9 record. According to Scout.com sources, Altman has indicated he would be interested in coming back to the Midwest (he was born in Nebraska). His hire would definitely excite some and disappoint others. In addition, his buyout would be extremely large (over $1.5 million). Mix this in with his salary (would likely not take a payout) and Doc Sadler's $3.4 million dollar buyout, and Nebraska would have a lot invested.
Currently: Ohio HC (MAAC)
Age: 40 Salary: $250,000 (reportedly) Career Record: 84-55
Notable: Groce was considered to be one of the biggest up and comers in college basketball, but his stock has soared over the last week as Ohio reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Groce's teams are fast pace – currently averaging 70.7 points a game this year. This would be a welcome change from Sadler's defensive minded, slow pace squads. A former Ohio State assistant coach, he's experienced Big Ten basketball. He knows how to recruit the Midwest, recruiting 1st round NBA talent like Daequan Cook, Greg Oden, and Mike Conley Jr. in the past. During his time at Ohio State, he was regarded by recruiting services as one of the best recruiters in the country.
Notable: An assistant for Mark Turgeon, Spinelli knows what it takes to recruit to Nebraska. He spent three seasons on Barry Collier's staff, helping land two nationally-ranked recruiting classes. "Scott is a bulldog recruiter with tremendous connection up and down the east coast," said Turgeon on Maryland's website. "He is also an excellent coach with a tremendous basketball mind." Spinelli was a strong candidate to replace Turgeon at Texas A&M last offseason, but the Aggies decided to hire Murray State's Bill Kennedy, so Spenelli followed his boss. He's often regarded by recruiting sites as one of the best recruiters in the country with strong ties to the east coast.
Notable: Smart's name doesn't seem as big of a long shot as it might have two weeks ago. After stealing America's hearts last year with a run to the Final Four, VCU once again made noise in the NCAA Tournament this year, getting to the third round before being knocked out by Indiana. No name might be hotter than Smart's right now, as the coach is listed as a candidate in almost every opening. Last year, he reportedly turned down the job at NC State, a job that would have put him around $2 million. Not only is he currently making more than Sadler did, but to get him to Lincoln would cost a pretty penny. Throw in the fact that he can probably have any job opening he wants this offseason and his name seems very unlikely.
Currently: Southern Miss (C-USA)
Age: 56 Salary: unknown Career Record: 402-258 (142-113 at Southern Miss)
Notable: It's been nearly nine years since Larry Eustachy resigned at Iowa State for violating moral clauses in his contract. The head coach apologized and checked himself into an alcohol rehab program after photos were taken of him with college aged girls in Columbia partying. In a recent interview with Yahoo's Pat Forde, the now Southern Miss coach says he has not had a drop in eight years and overall his career is viewed as resurrected by many in the college basketball world. Winning was never a problem for Eustachy during his time with the Cyclones. In five seasons he made the NCAA tournament twice, including an Elite Eight appearance. Since taking over Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles have had four 20+ win seasons – including a NCAA Tournament appearance this year. In 2009, he made headlines when he gave the Southern Miss $25,000 dollars back, saying his 14-14 record on the season wasn't good enough. Would Osborne give Eustachy a second chance at the BCS level? If he keeps winning somebody is likely to.
Currently: Harvard (IVY)
Age: 46 Salary: unknown Career Record: 268-194 (92-55 at Harvard)
Notable: Previous stops at Michigan and Seton Hall didn't exactly workout the best, but Tommy Amaker is a respected coach in the college basketball world and in his fifth season at Harvard, Amaker had Harvard in the NCAA Tournament – their first appearance since 1946. Think about how great of a hire this could be for Osborne and Nebraska. Doing the "right thing" has been mentioned before by the administration - Amaker is known to be a high character coach. He won two NCAA championships and advanced to five Final Fours as an assistant at Duke before starting his own journey as a head coach. As a player, he was a four-year starter at Duke and made the 1986 USA team that participated in the World Championships and won gold. Amaker also would be Nebraska's first African-American head coach. While the Huskers are likely ready to open up the checkbook for the right fit, Amaker wouldn't require the same money that most on this list would want. He was rumored for jobs last year, but didn't take the bait after boosters helped boost his salary.
Candidates no longer likely
Currently: UCLA (Pac-12)
Age: 54 Salary: $2 million Career Record: 361–191 (205-96 at UCLA)
Notable: On Saturday, the Omaha World Herald reported Nebraska called Howland twice last week, both times not striking a deal. It's hard to ignore the accomplishments by Howland during his career. He was the National Coach of the Year in 2002 and five times in his career has taken his team to the Sweet Sixteen or better – including three straight Final Four appearances. So why the mutual Nebraska interest? Before his time at UCLA, Howland was the coach at Pittsburgh for four seasons (1999-2003). During that same time, Nebraska Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm held the same position with the Panthers.
Names who were taken off the list: Bruce Weber (unemployed) and Bruce Pearl (unemployed)
Names who have also been mentioned: Jamie Dixon – Pittsburgh HC, Chris Mack – Xavier HC, Joe Dooley – Kansas Assistant, Danny Manning – Kansas Assistant, Rex Walters – San Francisco, Bobby Lutz – NCSU Assistant
*** Only records as a D-1 head coach were included in this report.***
Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics. Facebook | Twitter|