Updated: NU Coaching Madness

Purple Wildcats gives the overview of several Northwestern head coaching candidates.

The staff at Purple Wildcats looks to bring you up-to-date coverage of the Northwestern basketball head coaching search.

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But listed here is the 64-coach field for the position, completed in March Madness fashion. This is seeded in terms of likelihood.

Sylvan Lane and Jeremy Woo contributed to this bracket.

1-SEEDS
Chris Collins
Brett Reed
Dave Paulsen
John Giannini (2)

ANALYSIS:
Collins and the mid-major candidates are the clear favorites to replace Bill Carmody. Paulsen is close with NU president Morton Schapiro.

2-SEEDS
Greg McDermott (4)
Bob McKillop
Bryce Drew
Tavaras Hardy

ANALYSIS: Don't completely rule out Hardy, the associate head coach with powerful recruiting connections. McDermott would run an intense program, though his coaching maneuvers often make you yell at the screen.

3-SEEDS
Tommy Amaker
Ben Jacobson
Gregg Marshall (6)
Billy Donlon

ANALYSIS: Gregg Marshall started talking about depth following his team's upset of Gonzaga, and NU fans collectively salivated.

4-SEEDS
Andy Enfield (NR)
Seth Greenberg
Craig Robinson
Greg Lansing

ANALYSIS: He's not going to be the next coach of NU, but let's appreciate Florida Gulf-Coast and Andy Enfield's wife.

5-SEEDS
Greg Gard
Tubby Smith (9)
Mitch Henderson
Dan Monson

ANALYSIS: SPITE HIRE TUBBY SMITH? He is likable.

6-SEEDS
Tony Bennett
Chris Mooney
Dave Pilipovich
Fred Hill

ANALYSIS: Pilipovich, like Carmody, runs a version of the Princeton offense — which might ease the transition for current players. Hiring Fred Hill, formerly head coach at Rutgers, would help NU retain three-star guard Jaren Sina.

7-SEEDS
Brian Gregory
Johnny Dawkins
Jeff Boals
Dan Dakich

ANALYSIS: Dawkins has yet to break through at Stanford, and might improve with the change in scene. Boals ranks among the best assistants in the conference.

8-SEEDS
Yanni Hufnagel
Keno Davis
Bruce Pearl
Mike Martin

ANALYSIS: Hufnagel serves as recruiting coordinator for Harvard, which consistently wins games despite not offering athletic scholarships. Pearl would create quite the splash.

9-SEEDS
Fred Hoiberg
Mergin Sina
Ryan Marks
Jeff Capel

ANALYSIS: Northwestern appears intent on signing Jaren Sina. One way to ensure that happening? Hire his father, head coach at Gill St. Bernard's (NJ).

10-SEEDS
Fran Dunphy (NR)
Tom Brennan
Pete Carril
Bruce Weber

ANALYSIS: Dunphy, the long-time Temple head man, nearly beat Indiana with only three players hitting field goals. That's one major coaching victory.

11-SEEDS
Billy Gillispie
Robert Smith
Miles Simon
Mike Rice Jr.

ANALYSIS: Simon, the former Arizona assistant, works as an ESPN analyst. Mike Rice Jr. of Rutgers could help sustain the New Jersey pipeline.

12-SEEDS
Brad Stevens
Shaka Smart
Josh Pastner
Fran McCaffery

ANALYSIS: Insert flashy coaching name who would never accept the difficult Northwestern job.

13-SEEDS
Shon Morris
Tim Doyle
Ivan Vujic
Craig Moore

ANALYSIS: All four either played or coached for Northwestern.

14-SEEDS
Steve Wojciechowski
Andrew Toole
Mike Anderson
Steve Alford

ANALYSIS: Toole, the Robert Morris coach, appears one job away from a major conference position.

15-SEEDS
Rick Byrd
Digger Phelps
Mike Anderson
Anthony Grant

ANALYSIS: Despite his Belmont team's lackluster performance in the first round NCAA Tournament exit yesterday, Rick Byrd's sweater vest earns an honorable mention.

16-SEEDS
Bobby Gonzalez
Doug Gottlieb
Will Brown
Darrin Horn

ANALYSIS: For intense coverage of the best candidates, stay tuned to Purple Wildcats for up-to-date analysis.

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